BBC Radio 4
8 June 2012
Obituary on Astrid Aghajanian, last known UK survivor
of the Armenian Genocide
Born 1913, died 2012 aged 99
Her voice recording is from the Imperial War Museum, London
archive and includes her experiences in Haifa, Tiberius
(unfortunately, BBC insist on calling the episode “Armenian
massacres” even though her witness statement describes
something far more than that. Please send a letter of protest
to change their perceptions)
AZERBAJIAN CAPABLE OF FREEING OCCUPIED LANDS
WITHIN 10 DAYS - GENERAL STAFF
June 7 2012
While the Azerbaijan Armed Forces can liberate the lands occupied
by Armenia within the shortest possible period, the only reason
they have not done so is the reluctance to cause another bloodshed,
according to the General Staff of the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry.
"Azerbaijan is capable of liberating its lands militarily at any
moment. It will take just ten days for the Azerbaijan armed forces
to reach the national border with Iran and Armenia after freeing our
occupied lands. There is just one reason that keeps us from making
this step: bloodshed and casualties," the General Staff was quoted
by the ANS television channel as commenting on the recent incidents
in the Karabakh conflict zone.
According to a report from one of the country's defense facilities,
shown on the ANS television, Azerbaijan's defense industry is able
to provide the country's armed forces with a large range of arms
Several clashes have occurred in the conflict zone since the start
of the week. There were losses on both sides.
At a briefing in Baku on Wednesday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton expressed concern over growing tensions in the Karabakh
conflict zone and urged both Azerbaijan and Armenia to respect the
1994 cease-fire agreement.
AZERI FORCES READY WITH ARMENIAN RESPONSE
United Press International UPI
June 8 2012
BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 8 (UPI) -- Armenian forces intervened in the
disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as a statement of sorts to a
U.S. diplomat, an official said.
Skirmishes broke out between Azeri and Armenian forces this week over
Nagorno-Karabakh. Both sides have gone to war over the territory,
which Azerbaijan claims as its own.
Azeri Deputy Prime Minister Ali Gasanov suggested "provocation"
from the Armenians was timed to coincide with a visit to the region
from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russia's state-run news
agency RIA Novosti reports.
Clinton, during talks with Azeri officials in Baku this week, said
conflict wouldn't solve the issue, simmering since at least the 1990s.
"Presumably, some states patronizing Armenia were unhappy with the
U.S. state secretary's visit, and they organized that incident,"
the deputy prime minister was quoted as saying.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan had said that his country wasn't
interested in further escalation of the conflict. Talks are scheduled
June 18 in Paris.
Baku says no need for full mobilization
June 8, 2012 - 22:07 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - There is no need for total mobilization in
Azerbaijan, Azeri Presidential Administration Political Analysis and
Information Department head said.
`Azerbaijani army is strong and there is no need for mobilization,'
Trend quoted Elnur Aslanov as saying.
Meanwhile, international experts deem Armenian armed forces the most
combat-ready in the region.
Azerbaijan, probably, possesses large number of kamikazes, with Azeri
commanders continuing to orchestrate subversive acts against Armenia
and Artsakh, and later trying to justify their soldiers' deaths citing
various absurd reasons.
Increased instances of Azeri ceasefire violation have been reported
recently, with Azerbaijani side shelling border villages and
conducting acts of sabotage on border with Armenia and Artsakh.
Sources say that 21-25 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed in Azeri
subversive actions in recent days in Tavush- Ghazakh zone of
On June 5 night, attempt was made by Azerbaijani soldiers to
infiltrate one of the positions of Artsakh defense army. Armenian
side, however, managed to hinder Azeri attack, with NKR army units
pushing Azeri forces back to the original positions.
Azerbaijani authorities try hard to concoct reasons behind the deaths
and injuries on its side. In fact, these are saboteurs, killed or
wounded by Armenian armed forces who were trying to hinder Azeri
subversive acts. Thus, according to Azerbaijani authorities, Azeri
soldiers commit mass suicide, get blown up by mine, and die in an
For instance, today, June 6, Azerbaijani media reported that a
soldier, 19, was `blown up by mine.' He was hospitalized, with doctors
assessing his state as moderate.
Sometimes, even a concrete slab kills an Azerbaijani soldier. For
instance, it was reported that two Azeri servicemen were killed in
Agstafa region, with another having been `injured during collapse of
Emin Guliyev and Orkhan Huseynov died, while Elnur Kechalov is still
at hospital. Meanwhile, according to Miacum.am website, 21 Azerbaijani
soldiers were killed in Azeri subversive acts in recent days in
Tavush- Kazakh zone of Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Today, June 7,
Azerbaijani media reported that another Azeri soldier Cabrayilov Ramil
Dilavar drowned in Kur River.
Russia Increases Military Flights Over Armenia
June 9, 2012
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
MOSCOW - Russian fighter jets are conducting an increasing number of
training flights over Armenia, a military spokesman said on Saturday,
sending a clear warning that Russia could intervene at any moment
should violence escalate further in the territorial dispute between
Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The military spokesman, Colonel Igor Gorbul, told the Interfax news
agency that Russian fight jets stationed at a base in Armenia have
conducted about 300 training flights since the beginning of 2012, and
have increased the number of flying hours by more than 20 percent from
Violence has flared recently along the border of Armenia and
Azerbaijan, the former Soviet republics, which have been at war over
the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh for more than 20 years. At
least eight soldiers - five Azerbaijanis and three Armenians - were
killed in clashes along the border last week.
Russia, along with France, the United States and other countries, has
repeatedly urged a peaceful settlement to the dispute between Armenia
and Azerbaijan. Russia maintains a military base in Armenia and
regularly sells weapons to Armenia.
Colonel Gorbul said Russian fighter pilots were preparing for combat.
`The main emphasis in performing aerobatic elements is made on the
ability to apply them in real-life air combat conditions,' he said.
The Russian foreign ministry last week said it regarded the border
clashes as `unacceptable' and would continue to try to broker a
Azerbaijan, which currently holds a seat on the United Nations
Security Council, said that it was also appealing to the United
Nations for help in hopes that international mediators could help
reach a settlement this year.
40 percent of Armenian and British citizens want to leave their
countries - expert
June 10, 2012 | 11:25
YEREVAN. - The desire of leaving the native country is not a
phenomenon unique only for Armenians, people throughout the world have
such desires and the recent publication of British Sun paper about
British citizens wishing to leave their country proves that, Chief of
Armenia's Migration Department Gagik Yeganyan told Armenian
As Yeganyan informs, according to The Sun, 40 percent of British
citizens want to leave their country. The reasons for wanting to leave
the country are different and include difficult life conditions,
unemployment, the weather and so on. The British would prefer to go to
the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
According to Yeganyan, when in 2010 Gallup conducted a survey in the
CIS countries 39 percent of the Armenian population has mentioned that
they would leave Armenia and permanently get settled in another
country. 44 percent had stated that they would like to work abroad for
Armenians prefer the European countries, the USA because of its large
Armenian community and Russia due to the visa-free regime.
According to the expert, if people wish to leave a country like
Britain than it is just the nature of mankind always wanting better
life conditions and in order to get that they think of moving to other
WE WILL DO EVERYTHING SO ARMENIA'S APRICOT IS EXPORTED
ON TIME, WITHOUT LOSSES - ACTING MINISTER
June 08, 2012 | 15:42
YEREVAN. - In the lead-up to the export season of Armenia's apricots,
Acting Agriculture Minister Sergo Karapetyan on Friday held a
consultation with the country's fruit and vegetable exporters.
"The export was organized very well last year. The state encourages
export, especially of apricots. All conditions are created, the
tax field is liberated. We will do everything so that apricot and,
in general, fruits and vegetables are exported on time and without
losses. The Government will contribute to increasing export," said
Karapetyan and listened to the exporters' suggestions.
In their turn, the exporters assured that the purchase prices will
be reasonable, mutually profitable for the parties, and the payments
will be made in organized and timely fashion.
It was noted that this year's export will surpass last year's
Extract from email blog of a South West MEP
“At the EU-Russia summit on Monday President Putin spoke
of how civil rights in Russia are guaranteed. Later that day he
arrested Liberal leader Sergei Mitrkhin and others protesting
against a Bill to crack down on the right to demonstrate. Putin
also backed the Annan plan for Syria but then announced that
Russia would continue to support Assad.”
Trade secrets of Zildjian, the oldest family firm in the US.