Issues of Interest & Concern

Issues that the ARF-D is following with interest and/or concern.

Political Persecution Against Former Foreign Minister Oskanian

(MASSACHUSETTS, October 1)- On Thursday afternoon, Sept. 27, the General Prosecutor of the Republic of Armenia, Aghvan Hovsepian, presented to parliament a petition to strip Vartan Oskanian of his parliamentary immunity. Following the announcement, on Sept. 27, Oskanian’s lawyer, Dikran Atanesian, stated that according to the regulations of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia, the…

Armenian Delegation Sums Up the Works of the Euronest PA Meeting Held in Baku

Members of the Armenian delegation who returned from Baku, Azerbaijan, and the 2nd plenary session of Euronest Parliamentary Assembly which was held in Baku on April 2-4, during a press briefing at the National Assembly, said the meeting was positive, despite the inflammatory rhetoric that grabbed headlines. The Head of the Armenian delegation and chairman…

Social Democracy, Solidarity and Internationalism

George Papandreou, Alpha Condé, Jalal Talabani, Ricardo Lagos El País Inspirational movements have been sweeping the Arab world, driven forward by people united by a common purpose. It is about political, social and economic change. Political change to secure an open, democratic, and modern state based on respect for the freedoms and rights of the…

State of Denial: It’s time for Israel to rethink its rejection of the Armenian Genocide

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Shimon Peres, and the Armenian Genocide. Collage: Tablet Magazine; Erdogan photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images; Peres photo: Amos BenGershom/GPO via Getty Images; background photo: Wikimedia Commons BY PETER BALAKIAN TABLET MAGAZINE A New Read on Jewish Life There has been speculation about Turkey’s shifting international ties ever since the election of Prime Minister…

Turkey has gone back on its word

BY EDWARD NALBANDIAN Wall Street Journal Last year on Oct. 10 in Zurich, after intensive negotiations, Armenia and Turkey reached agreement and the foreign ministers of the two countries signed the protocols on the establishment of diplomatic relations, opening of the border and development of bilateral relations. The Armenian-Turkish relations were in a deadlock when…

Senators Boxer and Menendez place “Hold” on Bryza nomination

Armenian National Committee of America 1711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 Tel. (202) 775-1918 * Fax. (202) 775-5648 * Email.anca@anca.org PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release ~ 2010-09-22 Contact: ELizabeth S. Chouldjian ~ Tel: (202) 775-1918 UPDATE II: SENATORS BOXER AND MENENDEZ PLACE “HOLD” ON BRYZA NOMINATION Senators Spoke Forcefully Against Controversial U.S. Ambassador to…

Azerbaijan confirms, rejects new Karabakh peace plan

Emil Danielyan RFE/RL Armenian Service After repeated denials, Azerbaijan on Thursday confirmed Armenian claims that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev presented his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts with a new plan to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at their meeting in Saint Petersburg last month. Elkhan Polukhov, a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, was reported to say…

Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the Minsk Group Co-Chair countries

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 17 July 2010 – The Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of France Bernard Kouchner, and Deputy Secretary of State of the United States James Steinberg, released the following statement today: The Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk…