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David Phillips: Davutoglu wanted to scratch the Protocols and negotiate a whole new agreement

  David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He has served as Senior Adviser to the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Bureau for Near Eastern Affairs, and Bureau for European and Canadian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and as Senior Adviser to the United Nations Office for the Coordinatio ...

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Turkey and Armenia: What next?

ÖMER TAŞPINAR o.taspinar@todayszaman.com Turkey and Armenia: What next? The issue of Armenia enters the Turkish foreign policy agenda almost exclusively in the context of Western attempts at legislating genocide resolutions. The result is often a reactive nationalist defense. In less than two years, by 2015, Turkey will find itself in a similar dilemma. Once again, it will be external dynamics that will dri ...

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Turkish FM: 1915 Armenian deportation inhumane

Staging a landmark visit to Yerevan, FM Davutoğlu declares the Ottoman deportation of Armenians in 1915 to have been ‘wrong’ and ‘inhumane’ The “deportation” of Armenians in 1915 was inhumane, and Turkey has never supported the move, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday as he made a landmark visit to the country’s long-time foe, Armenia. Accompanied by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sini ...

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Ankara to test waters for talks in Yerevan

  Turkey looks to step up its efforts to normalize ties with Armenia as Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu plans to test the waters on the Armenian side in a planned visit to Yerevan. Armenain President Serg Sargisian (L) and Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev held a meeting on the sidelines of the OSCE Summit in Vienna Nov 19. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu will be in Yerevan on Dec. 12, however, a bilatera ...

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Armenia invites Davutoğlu for economic cooperation meeting

Armenia has invited Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to Yerevan to attend a meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in early December, saying it will be pleased to see the Turkish foreign minister in the Armenian capital The invitation came soon after Davutoğlu requested in mid-October support from Switzerland to help overcome conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan to open ...

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Armenian leader in phone conversation with U.S. secretary of state ahead of fresh round of Karabakh talks

Armenian leader in phone conversation with U.S. secretary of state ahead of fresh round of Karabakh talks On November 18 evening, President Serzh Sargsyan had a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry upon the initiative of the American side. As Sargsyan’s press office reported on Tuesday, during the conversation the sides discussed issues related to the Armenian-American relations an ...

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Karabakh in focus: Armenia, Azerbaijan to discuss settlement at highest level after two-year break

On November 18 Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian paid a visit to Moscow where he met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The same day, the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, left for Vienna to meet, after nearly a two-year break, with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev. The two Caucasus leaders will discuss the Karabakh settlement, which international mediators have unsuccessfully tried ...

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U.S. Secretary of State may meet Armenian, Turkish FMs in New York

New York may host a trilateral meeting involving Armenian, Turkish and Russian officials on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Zhamanak daily said. However, no official confirmation of a possible meeting of the United States Secretary of State John Kerry, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu was given. Armenia has no diplomatic relations with Turkey. ...

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Armenia To Join Russian-Led Customs Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian in Moscow on September 3   Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian says his country will join the Russia-led Customs Union. Sarkisian made the surprise announcement after talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow on September 3. He said Armenia is also ready to take part in the establishment of t ...

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EU Officials Warn Yerevan Over ‘U-Turn’

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (left) talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Moscow.   EU officials have warned Armenia that its decision to join a Russia-led trade union may thwart its chances to sign a key political and economic agreement with the bloc. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania, the current EU president, said the EU respects Yerevan's decision to join the Cu ...

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