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STEPANAKERT AIRPORT TO OPEN AMID THREATS OF WAR

YEREVAN, STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources) - The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Airport will begin operations in “coming days,” the spokesperson of Armenia’s Civil Aviation Department, Nelly Cherchinyan, announced this on Wednesday, according to Armenpress News Agency.
The Stepanakert Airport has gone through a massive renovation and meets all international standards. It’s opening, however, has been delayed several times, with Azerbaijan threatening to down passenger planes traveling to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic capital.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Presidential spokesperson David Babayan warned that any attempt to hinder the operation of the airport or shooting down of passenger planes with have grave consequences, reported Armenpress.
“If Azerbaijan tries in any way to hinder the operation of the Stepanakert Airport or shoot down our civil airplanes, it will mean war,” said Babayan.

ARMENIANS TORN IN SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR

The Daily Star - Monday 1 October - Armenian Christians in Aleppo are being dragged in to the increasingly sectarian civil war in the country, straining the leadership's policy of neutrality.
Persistent reports from Armenian Christian residents and media activists in Aleppo say some Christian groups are arming in the city. Several sources told The Daily Star the Armenian leadership turned down a government offer to arm the Armenian Christian community, but say some Armenians are accepting weapons from the regime to join pro-government militia groups known as the "popular committees".
On Sept. 14, the leaders of the three Armenian churches in Aleppo – Armenian Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, and Armenian Evangelical – issued a joint statement aimed at clarifying the position of the community:
Hagop Pakradounian, Tashnag party MP for the Metn, notes that as the conflict in Syria has escalated traditional positions of loyalty toward the Syrian state among the Armenian community have been compromised.
However, Haidostian is quick to point out the official position of neutrality adopted by the Armenian community in Aleppo, but he fears that the continued escalation of conflict in Aleppo could result in the permanent displacement of the Armenian community:
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MAYOR BAYDEMIR CALLS
DIKRANAKERT ARMENIANS
TO COME BACK HOME

The Mayor of Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality has invited all Armenians and other non-Muslim peoples whose ancestors were born in the southeastern province before being forced to flee during the 1915 events to return to the city.
“An Armenian, an Assyrian and a Chaldean, whose grandfathers or great-grandfathers were born in Diyarbakır, have the same right to live in Diyarbakır as I have, [speaking] as a Kurdish person who was born in Diyarbakır. I would like to invite all the ethnic groups whose ancestors lived in Diyarbakır back to Diyarbakır again. Come back to your city,” Osman Baydemir told Turkish and Armenian journalists on Sept. 25 on the sidelines of a roundtable conference called “Expanding the Scope of Dialogue: Media and Armenia-Turkey Relations at the Current Stage” that was organized by the Yerevan Press Club in Diyarbakır.
Kurds, Armenians, Chaldeans, Yezidis and all the ethnic groups that once lived in Diyarbakır took part in the construction of Diyarbakır’s city walls, Baydemir said. “So all of these people have a right to this city.”
According to “Talat Paşa’s Black Book,” written by the historian Murat Bardakçı, there were 56,166 Armenians living in Diyarbakır before the events of 1915. Baydemir also said “he curses the cruelty of 1915 within his conscience.” “We refuse the legacy of our grandfathers, who took part in this massacre [the events of 1915], we refuse to be a part of what they lived, and we commemorate those of our grandfathers who were opposed to this massacre and cruelty,” said Baydemir, who is from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which is focused on the Kurdish issue.
Many researchers have said the ruling Party of Union and Progress during the Ottoman Empire used Kurdish militias known as the “Hamidiye troops” against the Armenians in the events of 1915.
“Denying the crimes that were committed by some of our grandfathers would be the same as becoming a part of [those crimes]. We first have to accept the sufferings of the people in order to be able to heal the wounds,” the Mayor said.
Baydemir said one of his biggest dreams was to construct a common monument in memory of all of those who were lost in the region, including Armenians, Turks, Kurds, Assyrians and Chaldeans up until the 1930s. “I would like to visit this monument with Turks, Armenians and Kurds all together and cry for our lost ones all together. Turks, Kurds, Persians, Arabs – we all have to succeed in negotiation and dialogue in order to be able to live with each other.”

OVER 22 MILLION KURDS IN
TURKEY, NEW STATISTIC SHOWS

21/09/2012 ERBIL, Sep. 20 (AKnews) – New statistics released by Turkey’s statistical institute, TurkStat, shows that about 30 percent of the country’s population is Kurdish.
According to birth records of Kurds in Turkey that was released by TurkStat, there are 22,691,824 Kurds in Turkey who mainly live in the southeast, Rudaw Newspaper, an Erbil-based weekly reported Thursday.
Turkey’s first population census was conducted in 1927 which showed the number of Kurds to be 2,323,359 out of 13,464,564 as the total population of the country.
According to TurkStat reports, the number of Kurds was about 14.733 million in 2012 which included only the number of Kurds living in cities. The census excluded Kurds who lived in villages and moved to cities after about 4,000 villages were destroyed by Turkish authorities on security grounds between 1997 and 2000.

 

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RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTER HAILS STRATEGIC TIES WITH ARMENIA

The Russian base is equipped with hundreds of tanks, armored vehicles and artillery systems as well as sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles and a squadron of MiG-29 fighter jets.

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) - Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov emphasized the “strategic significance” of his country’s relations with Armenia after meeting Armenian leaders and watching military exercises held by the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) near Yerevan on Wednesday.
Serdyukov joined President Serzh Sarkisian as well as his Armenian and Belarusian counterparts in monitoring the concluding phase of the five-day maneuvers held at the Armenian army’s Marshal Bagramian training ground. Kazakhstan’s top army general also arrived in Armenia on the occasion.
They looked on as about 2,000 soldiers from Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan simulated a joint operation against imaginary “illegal armed formations” invading a CSTO member state. The CSTO troops were backed up by tanks, armored vehicles, artillery systems, helicopter gunships and warplanes firing live rounds.
The drills also involved unmanned aircraft designed and manufactured in Armenia. The Krunk drones were first demonstrated by the Armenian military during a September 2011 parade in Yerevan.
Serdyukov said Russian-Armenian relations are currently “at the highest level” and are strategically important to both nations after a separate meeting with Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian. The meeting focused on what the two men called a “reorganization” of Russian troops stationed in Armenia.
“We have had quite good meetings today during which we discussed a broad range of issues related to the 102nd Russian military base stationed in Armenia and its reorganization taking place within the framework of a reform of Russia’s Armed Forces,” Serdyukov told journalists.
“We are transferring about 10 facilities to the Armenian side,” he said without elaborating. “We also discussed the issue of material-technical supplies to the base and our relationships in that regard.”
The Russian Minister appeared to refer to a redeployment of Russian army units in Armenia, which began in early 2011. In an apparently related development, the Russian military announced in June that it will double this year the number of its soldiers serving at the Soviet-era base headquartered in Gyumri on a contractual basis. It is still not clear if the total number of its military personnel will change as a result.

 

 
The Russian base is believed to have between 4,000 and 5,000 troops. It is equipped with hundreds of tanks, armored vehicles and artillery systems as well as sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles and a squadron of MiG-29 fighter jets.
A Russian-Armenian agreement signed in 2010 extended the Russian military presence in the South Caucasus nation by 24 years, until 2044, and upgraded its security mission. It also committed the Russians to helping the Armenian military obtain “modern and compatible weaponry and (special) military hardware.”
 

GENOCIDE RECOGNITION PRECONDITION TO TURKEY'S EU BID, SAYS EURO-PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT SHULTZ

BERLIN - The President of the European Parliament Martin Shultz announced on Monday that Turkey’s integration into Europe is preconditioned by the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, reiterating the body’s 1987 decision.
“Turkey should recognize the Armenian Genocide and it would be considered as a precondition to enter the European Union,” said Shultz whose remarks were posted on the official Web site of his Left Party of Germany, which also welcomed the position. Shultz said that Turkey must face its history.
The European Parliament leader made the statement during a meeting with Turkey’s European Integration Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, who during a press conference later refused to answer questions pertaining to the announcement and comments he made earlier this year in Switzerland, effectively denying the Armenian Genocide.
The President of the European Parliament Martin Shultz stated about it at the meeting with the Turkish State Minister and the Minister for the EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis. They talked about the official role of Turkey in Syria, visa issues and Turkey’s possible membership in the European Union.
Instead Bagis told reporters that Switzerland was not an EU member and “I will not spend a single second to speak about issues, which do not concern the European Union.”

ARMENIA TO HAVE ITS OWN SATELLITE

TURKEY IS NO PARTNER FOR PEACE

How Ankara’s Sectarianism Hobbles U.S. Syria Policy

By HALIL KARAVELI: Senior Fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center.

At first glance, it appears that the United States and Turkey are working hand in hand to end the Syrian civil war. On August 11, after meeting with Turkish officials, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement that the two countries’ foreign ministries were coordinating to support the Syrian opposition and bring about a democratic transition. In Ankara on August 23, U.S. and Turkish officials turned those words into action, holding their first operational planning meeting aimed at hastening the downfall of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Beneath their common desire to oust Assad, however, Washington and Ankara have two distinctly different visions of a post-revolutionary Syria. The United States insists that any solution to the Syrian crisis should guarantee religious and ethnic pluralism. But Turkey, which is ruled by a Sunni government, has come to see the conflict in sectarian terms, building close ties with Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated Sunni opposition, seeking to suppress the rights of Syrian Kurds, and castigating the minority Alawites -- Assad’s sect -- as enemies. That should be unsettling for the Obama administration, since it means that Turkey will not be of help in promoting a multi-ethnic, democratic government in Damascus. In fact, Turkish attitudes have already contributed to Syria’s worsening sectarian divisions.
Washington is pushing for pluralism. In Istanbul last month, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon emphasized that “the Syrian opposition needs to be inclusive, needs to give a voice to all of the groups in Syria . . . and that includes Kurds.” Clinton, after meeting with her Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, stressed that a new Syrian government “will need to protect the rights of all Syrians regardless of religion, gender, or ethnicity.”

 

 

 

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CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE CAUCASUS LEOPARD
LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF ARMENIA

The animal advocates plan to raise up to $ 32,000 year-end to protect from poachers just 20 copies Caucasus leopard living in the mountains of Armenia, according to a World Land Trust Fund (WLT).
A mid-century Armenia had a sizeable population of this animal, but today the country has more than 15 specimens of the species.
Poaching the animal did not cease even after inclusion in the Red Book of Endangered Species.
"We started a campaign to protect the Caucasus leopard in Armenia until the end of the year we plan to raise $ 32,400," says the note WLT.
The sum, among other things, provides for the creation of a "migration corridor" for the leopard to allow free travel between Armenia to Azerbaijan and then to Iran.
In the collection of $ 32,000 can participate every advocate or endangered animal lover. To do this, you must visit the Fund's website (worldlandtrust.org) and make a donation.
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KARABAKH NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM TO
COMPETE ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE

STEPANAKERT - The recently formed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic football team will be eligible to compete on the international arena, reported Lusine Musayelyan for the RFE/RL Armenian Service.
The team’s coach Sarkis Aghajanyan said the Karabakh team will be second Armenian national team after Armenia’s national football team.
The Karabakh team will compete within the Non-Recognized States’ Football Association, which was established in 2003 in Liege, Belgium and works to organize friendly matches between non-recognized states.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic joined Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Trans-Dnester, Kosovo and Tibet in this year’s competitions.
“The first match will take place on in Sukhumi, Abkhazia on September 25 and on October 22 we will host the same team in Stepanakert. This is the beginning. This will continue until we become recognized and become members of the European Football Federation (UEFA),” added Aghajanyan.
“This is one of the major steps in our post-war reality. This is our only chance to enter the international arena and stand under our national flag with our national anthem. This is already a different feeling,” said Aghajanyan.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic football team is financed through the state budget, which this year has an earmark of 70 million drams. This amount, according to Aghajanyan, allows the team to not fall behind on training. The team players are mainly 19- to 20-year old athletes, who, according to the coach, lack experience.
Aghajanyan reassured, however, the people of Karabakh do not like to lose.
“Although unrecognized, we now have a status that allows us to compete in matches. The entire world and the UEFA will see this,” said Aghajanyan.
Azerbaijan has impeded the participation of the Karabakh team in any competition thus far, including one against Armenia’s national team.
Until now, the Karabakh football team was held hostage to Soviet politics. In 1987, when the Karabakh movement had just started the Kirovabad team lost to Stepanakert 3 to 1, following which clashes took place between Armenian and Azeri team during subsequent matches. As a result, the Soviet government mandated the Stepanakert team play its home games in other Azeri regions.

 

 
 
 
 
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