ANKARA: Turkish Diaspora Forms New Platforms Against ArmenianAllegat

TURKISH DIASPORA FORMS NEW PLATFORMS AGAINST ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey
March 15 2006

The Turkish diaspora is stepping up efforts to rescind recognition of
Armenian genocide claims and to win support against its proponents
ahead of April 24, the date Armenians say is the anniversary of the
so-called genocide, AB Haber reported.

While Turkish associations in France joined forces under an umbrella
committee to overturn the 2001 French law recognizing the Armenian
genocide claims, the Workers’ Party (IP) gathered over the weekend
in Istanbul to outline plans for the Talat Pasha Movement, which
will include a mass rally in Berlin on Saturday to denounce the
Armenian claims.

The Turkish groups’ decision to put forward a unified response to
French recognition of Armenian genocide claims came during a meeting on
Sunday with the participation of representatives from 10 associations
under the leadership of the Anatolian Culture Center and the Kemalist
Thought Association.

Besides starting an initiative to bring about the repeal of a the
French law that recognizes the Armenian genocide, the umbrella
committee decided to launch an initiative to give concrete answers
“based on historic realities to foreign claims that aim at damaging
Turkish independence.” They also decided to conduct programs to
inform and inspire Turkish society against Armenian claims and to
inform French society about the realities of the issue.

Representatives of Turkish associations in France stressed at the
meeting that they are not against the existence of Armenians but aim
at making the historic realities supported by documents an issue of
discussion for French citizens.

Turkish associations also stated they will give priority to the
publishing of a book in French. They also announced that they will
gather again next month to view strategies and activities that will
be followed during the campaigns.

At a press conference last week, the groups organizing the committee
meeting demanded that the French Parliament’s recognition of the
alleged genocide in 2001 be reversed, saying that judging history
was up to historians not lawmakers, making reference to an earlier
statement by French President Jacques Chirac.

As part of the activities to overturn Armenian claims, the organizers
of the Talat Pasha Movement met over the weekend in Istanbul to
finalize preparations to launch the movement in Berlin beginning
on Saturday.

A mass demonstration aimed at denouncing Armenian genocide claims, to
be held in Berlin under the slogan “Take your flag and come to Berlin,”
has caused tension between Turkey and Germany. Flyers announcing the
movement read, “If Western capitals don’t want to be burned like Paris,
unjust treatment towards Turkey must end.”

IP leader Dogu Perincek and former Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
(TRNC) President Rauf Denktas will lead the planned demonstration
with the participation of many representatives from Turkish political
parties and European non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the
framework of the Talat Pasha Movement. The main aim of the group is to
put pressure on the German Parliament to remove official recognition
of the Armenian genocide claims. The movement also aims to attract
some 5 million supporters, including some 1,000 from Turkey.

Denktas is expected to lay flowers at the place in Berlin where
Talat Pasha was assassinated on March 15, 1921 by an Armenian, and
an assembly will gather in a memorial for Talat Pasha on Sunday.

In an effort to hamper these efforts, the German Embassy in Ankara
turned down yesterday visa applications for some who might be intending
to participate in the demonstration.

The same group last year also held a demonstration to mark the
82nd anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne. At that demonstration
Perincek lashed out at a decision by Switzerland to punish those who
deny the Armenian genocide claims, saying, “The Armenian genocide is
an international lie,” after which the prosecutor from Winterthur
opened an investigation into Perincek and the incident turned into
a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Switzerland.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Russia Denies Georgian-Based Servicemen Involved In Public Protests

RUSSIA DENIES GEORGIAN-BASED SERVICEMEN INVOLVED IN PUBLIC PROTESTS

Interfax-AVN military news agency website
15 Mar 06

Moscow, 15 March: Claims by Georgian officials that Russian servicemen
were involved in protest rallies in Akhalkalaki (Samtskhe-Javakheti
Province) are unfounded, Interfax-AVN was told by phone today by
deputy commander of Russia’s 62nd Base Col Igor Luzhnikov.

“Servicemen from the 62nd Base in Akhalkalaki do not take part in
rallies and there are no grounds whatsoever for the accusations
levelled at them by Georgian officials,” Luzhnikov said.

There have been mass protest actions in Alkhalkalaki every day since 11
March. The population are demanding a proper inquiry in connection with
the killing on 8 March of an Alkhalkalaki resident of Armenian origin.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Kenya: Who Are These Armenians?

WHO ARE THESE ARMENIANS?

Daily Nation, Kenya
March 15 2006

Editorials

For the past two weeks, the country has been gripped by talk about
mercenaries reportedly brought into the country by powerful people
with an improper motive.

Evidence about wrongdoing has been scant and, instead, accusations
and counter-accusations have been flying around, leaving everybody
thoroughly confused.

In the din, nobody has cared to shed any light on the matter, making
it the stuff of suspense thrillers with ominous overtones. When the
issue first came to light, the public thought it was a figment of
someone’s imagination, and that the matter would die as fast it had
cropped up. Instead, the drama has kept heightening, rising to a
pitch with each new day.

It is now critical that we pause and ask some important questions.

The first is: Are there mercenaries in this country? If so, who
brought them here and for what purpose?

So far, two Armenian brothers have come out publicly to declare
that, although they occupy a residence at Nairobi’s Runda estate,
the house which Langata MP Raila Odinga claimed harboured mercenaries,
they are not actually the “dogs of war” being referred to.

More questions than answers

The denial aside, the behaviour of some seemingly powerful people
and the activities surrounding the two brothers raises more questions
than answers.

When they first came out publicly on Monday, the two did so at a
press conference at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport’s VIP lounge,
leading to the question: Whose VIPs are they?

All indications are that the press conference was stage-managed by
influential personalities. For what reason? There never should have
been a need for private businessmen to call the press, ostensibly to
explain their mission in Kenya.

It is also clear that the information provided about the Armenians’
travel details does not add up. There are conflicting stories
that one of them either flew in from Dubai on a commercial flight –
investigations show that his name was never in the passenger manifest –
or that he flew into the country in a private jet.

Again there is no corroborating evidence. No private plane landed
at JKIA at the material time. So, where did he come from and through
which means?

On Tuesday, one of the brothers stopped police officers entering the
Runda residence. In fact, he dared the police to produce a search or
arrest warrant before they could be allowed in.

In ordinary circumstances, although the law forbids them doing so,
police do enter people’s residences, conduct searches and even arrest
them without those documents.

Who are these people?

But, in this case, the police officers were eventually recalled and
the operation shelved. The question is: Who are these people that
the police cannot touch?

Police commissioner Hussein Ali had detailed a senior police officer
to investigate the matter. The way things are going, can Kenyans
realistically expect the police to unravel this mystery?

On the other hand, some people have been trying to make political
capital out of this whole mystery. What is their real interest? And
can they deny, under oath, that they have never had any dealings with
the two who claim to be businessmen?

This country has gone through many crises in recent times and Kenyans
would not want to continue being treated to a bizarre drama of the
nature we are witnessing today.

The people want to focus on important matters with a bearing on
national development, not tantalising sideshows. This is why we ask
the Government to explain the matter, and that can only happen if
thorough investigations are carried out and the matter cleared up,
one way or the other.

The politicians who have loudly spoken about the so-called mercenaries,
starting with Mr Odinga and Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, and any others
who might know anything about the Armenians should provide all the
information they have to police to catalyse the investigations.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

L’Ecole Des Sablons Se Mobilise Pour Arten Et Levon

L’ECOLE DES SABLONS SE MOBILISE POUR ARTEN ET LEVON
par Emilie Rive

L’Humanite, France
15 mars 2006

Expulsion . Refusant d’examiner une demande d’asile, les autorites
retiennent en retention depuis sept jours une famille avec deux
enfants.

“Bonjour, vous nous manquez beaucoup. C’est difficile pour vous et
nous de ne plus vous voir. On est triste. On vous a soutenus toute
la semaine, pour que vous restiez en France, que vous reveniez a
l’ecole. Pour les droits de l’enfant, des peuples… ” La voix d’Axel
tremble en lisant ce message, hier midi, pour Arten (9 ans) et Levon
(7 ans), les deux enfants en retention depuis sept jours et qui en
etaient, hier matin, avec leurs parents, a deux refus d’embarquement.

Mohammed, avec son echarpe tricolore pour marquer sa qualite de
delegue des enfants, Romuald, Damien, Lena, Steven, Antony, Sandy,
Romain et Cathy, la plus petite, qui me tire par la manche, sont très
sombres. Samedi, ils ont dessine pour Arten et Levon. Lundi soir,
pendant une heure, dans le froid, ils ont hurle sans interruption
devant la prefecture du Rhône : ” Pas d’enfants en prison ! ” ” Quand
les parents sont sortis de la prefecture, ils etaient tout tristes,
racontent-ils. Et nous aussi. Il faut qu’Arten et Levon finissent
leur annee scolaire avec nous. En Russie, ils ne peuvent pas aller
a l’ecole. ” Les deux enfants ont une dizaine d’annees et sont
elèves de l’ecole des Sablons, a Decines. Cependant la prefecture
du Rhône ne partage pas leur emoi. Leur mère est Russe. Leur père,
qui est Armenien, n’a jamais obtenu de papiers en Russie. Ils ont ete
persecutes. Levon n’a pas pu terminer une annee scolaire, et il en
porte les stigmates : une cicatrice sur le front due a une bousculade
dans la cour, par racisme. Ils sont arrives en Europe par la Suède,
où ils ont fait une demande d’asile – qui leur a ete refusee.

” On nous dit que les lois sont les memes partout, explique Cecile
Dubois, de l’association des parents d’elèves. C’est faux. La Suède
a refuse leur dossier sans jamais les entendre. Ils ne sont jamais
passes devant un juge. C’est pour cela qu’ils sont venus ici. Ils ne
peuvent faire une demande d’asile en France qu’au bout d’un certain
temps. Et la prefecture joue la montre, elle veut les expulser avant
qu’ils puissent le faire, avant la fin de l’annee scolaire. Donc
elle ne respecte pas la circulaire qui doit proteger les enfants
scolarises. ” Une nouvelle expulsion etait programmee hier soir, vers
Goteborg, a 20 h 45. Les enfants s’organisaient dans l’après-midi
pour faire de nouveaux messages de sympathie, tandis que parents,
enseignants et elus se tenaient de nouveau prets a convaincre les
passagers de l’inhumanite de ce renvoi.

–Boundary_(ID_hXGh1O6Rqcdhjf55HVYd1A)–

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Increase In Credit Portfolios Of Armenian Banks Registered In FirstQ

INCREASE IN CREDIT PORTFOLIOS OF ARMENIAN BANKS REGISTERED IN FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR

Noyan Tapan
Mar 15 2006

YEREVAN, MARCH 15, NOYAN TAPAN. During the March 15 meeting of the
Armenian President Robert Kocharian and the newly appointed chairman
of the Union of Armenian Banks, Director General of ACBA Bank Stepan
Gishian, the sides attached importance to the necessity to increase the
number of transactions conducted through the banks, in which case it
will be possible to secure the local resources of economic investments
by concentrating the monetary resources available in Armenia.

S. Gishian reminded the Armenian President that an increase in the
credit portfolios of the banks was already registered in the first
quarter of this year, and consistent steps are being taken to attract
more deposits.

According to a press release of the RA President’s press service,
the sides also discussed the decisive steps expected on the mortgage
market this year, which will open new opportunities for the population.

National Olympic Committee President Unveils New Scheme To Reward Be

NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT UNVEILS NEW SCHEME TO REWARD BEST ATHLETES

Armenpress
Mar 15 2006

YEREVAN, MARCH 15, ARMENPRESS: The president of the Armenian National
Olympic Committee Gagik Tsarukian, who is one of the wealthiest
Armenian businessmen and a parliament member, announced on March 14
a new scheme to reward the best Armenian athletes in an effort to
stimulate their desire to win Olympic medals in China in 2008.

Under the scheme the best 12 athletes will be receiving a $1,000 bonus
every month, their coaches will be receiving $500. Another group of
athletes will be receiving $500 monthly and athletes in the third
group $100 every month. The scheme is becoming effective from April
1 and will cover around 100 athletes and their coaches.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

World Bank Says Gas Price Hike Not To Affect Strongly Armenian Econo

WORLD BANK SAYS GAS PRICE HIKE NOT TO AFFECT STRONGLY ARMENIAN ECONOMY

Armenpress
Mar 15 2006

YEREVAN, MARCH 15, ARMENPRESS; A World Bank representative said today
in Yerevan the Bank will unveil its study on possible repercussions
of Russia’s decision to double the price of natural gas it sells to
Armenia in a week.

Rodger Robinson, World Bank resident representative, told a news
conference that according to preliminary estimations, the gas price
hike will affect Armenia’s economy, but the scale of that negative
impact will not be “too big”. Robinson said the higher price of gas
will affect current electricity tariffs, but declined to elaborate
saying it would be more appropriate to speak about hike’s aftereffects
only after completing the Bank’s study.

But he said the Central Bank of Armenia’s goal to ensure a three
percent inflation was realistic.

Robinson said his forecast was based on the fact that despite ongoing
rise of fuel price at world markets it has had no negative impact on
Armenian economy which has been reporting a two-digit economic growth
for several consecutive years.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

RA Ambassador To Germany: Azerbaijan Lies

RA AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY: AZERBAIJAN LIES

PanARMENIAN.Net
16.03.2006 00:24 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The information discrediting the Armenian officers,
who are taking a course organized by the European Center for Security
Issues in Garmisch-Partenkirchner is false from beginning to end,
Armenian Ambassador to Germany Karine Ghazinian told PanARMENIAN.Net
reporter. In her words, if the facts presented by the Azeri side were
true the course administration would have brought them to the notion of
the Embassy. “No one addressed us either from Garmisch-Partenkirchner
or the Marshall Foundations.

Moreover, the Embassy has already furnished the essential information
to the RA Ministry of Defense and the Department of Home Affairs,”
Ms. Ghazinian said.

To remind, earlier Azeri-press news agency published 2 reports on March
15. The first report said that an Armenian officer taking the course
of the European Center for Security Issues after George Marshall made
an attempt to rape Ukrainian police captain Natalia Kostroma. The
second report said “major Artem Hakobian uttered unquotable words
addressed to Georgia. During a discussion he said that the Samtskhe
Javakheti region of Georgia is historically Armenian territory and
that official Tbilisi is “U.S.’s gendarme” in the region.”

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Turkey Interested In Establishment Of Railway Communication WitGeorg

TURKEY INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHMENT OF RAILWAY COMMUNICATION WIT GEORGIA AND AZERBAIJAN

PanARMENIAN.Net
15.03.2006 21:30 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkey is interested in the establishment of
railway communication with Georgia and Azerbaijan, Turkish President
Ahmed Necep Sezer stated in Tbilisi. “We continue the works for the
realization of the Kars-Akhalkalaki railway project.

We wish this main to supplement the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil
pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum gas pipeline,” Mr. Sezer said
at a briefing after the meeting with Georgian President Mikhail
Saakashvili. When touching upon the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil
pipeline Mr. Sezer said the ceremony of the first tanker loading
will take place in Ceyhan this summer. He also invited Saakashvili
to participate in the ceremony, reported ITAR-TASS.

To note, Armenia rates the construction of the Baku
-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki-Kars as economically inexpedient, since the
project is a counterbalance to the existing Kars-Gyumri-Tblisi-Baku
railway.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

U.S. Congressmen Call To Preserve Parity In Military Assistance ToYe

U.S. CONGRESSMEN CALL TO PRESERVE PARITY IN MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO YEREVAN AND BAKU

PanARMENIAN.Net
15.03.2006 21:03 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Congressmen Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and George
Radanovich (R-CA) called on their U.S. House colleagues today
to join them in cosigning a letter calling on the leadership of
the House Foreign Operations Subcommittee to support pro-Armenian
provisions in the fiscal year 2007 foreign aid bill, reported the
Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). The letter notes that
members of Congress are “deeply troubled” that the Administration’s
request for military aid for Azerbaijan is considerably higher then
the request for Armenia. By signing the letter, legislators will add
their voice to the effort to ensure that the agreement struck in 2001
between the White House and Congress to keep aid levels to these two
countries equal is fully respected. In addition, the letter calls
for a hard earmark of at least $75 million for Armenia, a one-year
$5 million allocation for Nagorno Karabakh, and the preservation of
Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress