ANC WI: Commemoration of Armenian Genocide at Wisconsin State Cap.

Armenian National Committee of Wisconsin
4100 N. Newman Road
Racine, WI 53406

March 23, 2004
For Immediate Release

Contact: A. Zohrab Khaligian
[email protected]


MADISON, WI–On Tuesday, April 20, 2004, the Armenian National Committee
(ANC) of Wisconsin, State Representatives Mark Honadel, Bonnie Ladwig, and
Jeff Stone, and State Senators Mary Lazich, Jeff Plale, and Cathy Stepp are
hosting a reception and program to commemorate the 89th Anniversary of the
Armenian Genocide. This event will be held from 10:30 am to 12 noon in the
GAR Hearing Room, 417 North, at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The program
will feature remarks from Robert O. Krikorian, PhD, Representative Jeff
Stone, Senator Mary Lazich, and Mayor John Antaramian from the City of

The purpose of this event is to thank the Wisconsin State Assembly and State
Senate for adopting Armenian Genocide Resolutions which designate April 24
of each year as “Wisconsin Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of
1915 to 1923″ and to continue to educate and promote awareness of Armenia
and Armenian issues, particularly the Armenian Genocide.

This reception and program is one of five events being held in commemoration
of this tragic event in history and to continue efforts to obtain justice
for this crime against humanity. The other events include:

Three lectures by Robert O. Krikorian, PhD. Dr. Krikorian is a historian in
the Office of the Historian at the US Department of State and a Professorial
Lecturer at George Washington University.

The first lecture, entitled ” Education and Responsibility”, will take place
Sunday, April 18, at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 4100 N. Newman Road, Racine.
The lecture will begin at 12:00 pm and is hosted by the Racine “Marzbed”
Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.

The second and third lectures, entitled “In the Shadow of War: The Ottoman
Empire and the Extermination of the Armenians”, will take place Monday,
April 19, at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside Library in Kenosha and at
the University of Wisconsin, Madison Union South Building, respectively.
The UW-Parkside lecture will begin at 12:00 pm and is hosted by the Friends
of the UW-Parkside Library as part of their Spring Speaker Forum. The
UW-Madison lecture will begin at 7:00 pm and is hosted by the UW-Madison
Armenian Students Organization and UW-Madison History Department.

A joint memorial service on Saturday, April 24, 6:30 pm will take place at
Holy Resurrection Armenian Church, 909 Michigan Avenue, South Milwaukee.
The memorial service will include the participation of all four Armenian
churches in Wisconsin: St. Hagop and St. Mesrob in Racine, St. John the
Baptist in Greenfield, and Holy Resurrection.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on any of
these events or about the Armenian National Committee of Wisconsin, please
contact Zohrab Khaligian at [email protected]

The Armenian National Committee is the largest Armenian American grassroots
political organization in Wisconsin and nationwide. The ANC actively
advances a broad range of issues of concern to the Armenian American


BAKU: EU pays special attention to development of relations w/Azerb.

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
March 23 2004


On March 22, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Vilayat
Guliyev the delegation headed by the special representative of the
European Union for the Southern Caucasus Heiki Talvitie.

As was informed from the press center of the ministry, Vilayat
Guliyev, warmly welcomed the visitors, emphasized that development of
relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union represents
special value for the Country.

Having noted that Azerbaijan is most economically advanced country on
Southern Caucasus, the Minister has emphasized necessity of the
further expansion of cooperation between our country and EU.

Then, Vilayat Guliyev informed visitors on prospects of connections
of Azerbaijan with the neighboring states, including with Georgia,
and the economic projects which are carried out within the framework
of regional cooperation, the work spent in the field of settlement of
the Armenian-Azerbaijani, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, activity of the
OSCE Minsk Group in this direction.

The special representative of the European Union for the Southern
Caucasus Heiki Talvitie has emphasized that the structure represented
by him attaches huge significance to the further development of
cooperation with Azerbaijan and supports more intensive continuation
of the connections representing mutual interest.

Having touched the Armenian-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict,
Mr. Heiki Talvitie has noted necessity of continuation of bilateral
negotiations and has expressed hope that as a result of joint efforts
of the international community, the conflict would shortly find the
fair peace settlement.

Then, the parties had exchange of views on a number of issues
representing mutual interest.

Pulitzer Winner Calls for Attention to Human Rights

The Georgetown Hoya, DC
March 23 2004

Pulitzer Winner Calls for Attention to Human Rights

By Irmak Bademli
Hoya Staff Writer

Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power described the foreign policy of
the Bush administration as

Samantha Power, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction, said
there are obstacles to integrating concern for human rights into U.S.
foreign policy, but that the Bush administration can overcome these
obstacles by heightened commitment to principles and institutions.

Power delivered a lecture called `Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy, and
Human Rights: Can the United States Promote an `Age of Liberty’?’
Thursday evening in Copley Formal Lounge.

Power started her lecture by quoting a speech President Bush made on
Nov. 6, 2003 in Washington, D.C. `Sixty years of western nations
excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did
nothing to make us safe, because in the long run, stability cannot be
purchased at the expense of liberty.”

While she said some could respond to the speech cynically, seeing the
speech only as `rhetoric,’ Bush’s speech served to recognize the
shortcomings of the U.S. foreign policy.

Power said `the enemy of my enemy can be my friend’ attitude in
foreign policy must change. She gave the example of U.S. backing of
Iraq when `Iran was the enemy in the neighborhood.’

She said at the time Saddam Hussein was violating the rights of the
Kurdish minority in Iraq, but the United States overlooked these

`Lines not to cross were moved to keep Iran down,’ she said.

When Iraq started threatening not only Iran, but also Kuwait and
Israel with its weapons development program, it became clear that the
United States could no longer support Hussein, according to Power.

Power outlined many obstacles to integrating concern for human rights
into U.S. foreign policy.

The first one, she said, is that `victims of human rights abuses
don’t vote in the U.S.’ She said even she, `the genocide chick,’ did
not vote on the 1996 elections on the basis of how the Clinton
administration `allowed’ genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia.

According to Power, the second obstacle is a structural one. She said
unlike domestic politics, foreign policy does not have `checks and
balances’ to make sure `urgent will not trump the important, and
short term will not trump the long term.’

Power said the third obstacle is people’s lack of `moral
imagination.’ She said even though people know real-time facts, like
the number of Rwandans who died in the genocide, they have no real
knowledge of the `human stakes,’ they do not stop to imagine the
struggle of every person.

The main default of foreign policy is that short-term security and
economic interests always get in the way of the concern for human
rights and that while ethnic lobbies like Albanians and Armenians
play a constructive role for policy change, their efforts focus on a
particular group and lack universality.

Power called U.S. foreign policy `gratuitous unilateralism,’
recalling the resistance of the United States to the International
Criminal Court. She said the United States tried to convince its
allies not to turn in U.S. soldiers to the international court and
cut or suspended military aid to countries that refused.

She said that even though the United Nations itself stands as an
obstacle against human rights, it is still important. She recalled
the efforts of the U.N. inspectors in Iraq and the World Food
Program, which `kept the Iraqis fed while the war was persecuted.’

Power won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction with her
book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. In her
book she examined U.S. foreign policy toward genocide in 20th

Power was the fourth speaker in this year’s Graduate School
Distinguished Lecturer Series.

BAKU: Regular monitoring to be held on troops’ contact line

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
March 23 2004

[March 23, 2004, 15:28:40]

In accordance with the mandate of the OSCE acting Chairman’s personal
envoy, a regular monitoring of the armed forces of Azerbaijan and
Armenia on the contact line in the west of Borsunlu village of
Geranboy region of Azerbaijan Republic will be conducted on March 23.

According to the Defense Ministry’s press service, the monitoring on
the Azerbaijan side will be conducted by field assistants of the OSCE
acting Chairman’s personal envoy Jurgen Schmidt and Imre Palatinus.

On the opposite side of the contact line, the job will be done by
OSCE acting Chairman’s personal envoy Andzey Kaspshik and his field
assistants Kenneth Pickles and Gennadiy Korzh.

BAKU: Enlarged meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan & Uzbekistan

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
March 23 2004

[March 23, 2004, 20:55:08]

After the private meeting on 23 March, at the conference hall of
`Durmen’ residence, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and of
Uzbekistan Islam Karimov held an enlarged meeting, AzerTAj
correspondents reported.

President Islam Karimov said he was pleased with the visit of
Azerbaijan President and that it would be a new phase in development
of the bilateral relations between the two countries. President Islam
Karimov also stressed that he was pleased with continuation of the
policy of the national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. Thanks to
the efforts of President Heydar Aliyev, bilateral relations of the
two countries – both political and cultural relations – have reached
a high level, he underlined.

President of Uzbekistan reminded that the economic relations between
the two countries have developed enough, so that goods turnover in
the two months of current year made up $18 million.

This is not satisfactory, but, however, it has exceeded the 2003

Touching the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, President Islam Karimov
stated that Armenia should release the occupied lands and territorial
integrity of Azerbaijan be restored.

Noting the historical traditions, cultural commonness between the two
countries that set ground for future development of the relations
between the two peoples and states, President Islam Karimov once
again welcomed president of Azerbaijan and wished success in his
state visit.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev stated that this visit is of
great significance for him and he would not spare himself for further
strengthening of bilateral relations founded by the national leader
of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev and President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov
between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Head of the Azerbaijani state said
that the two countries are friends and brothers, reminded the
successful cooperation of the countries in the frame of international
projects to improve welfare of the two peoples. Evidence to that are
the Great Silk Road and TRACECA projects.

Head of Azerbaijani state stressed the necessity of strengthening of
economic links, increasing volume of goods turnover and expressed his
confidence that Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan would reach greater
achievements in economic cooperation.

Reminding that recently Azerbaijan purchased two aircrafts in
Tashkent said that this is the start of strengthening of economic
cooperation and stated that Azerbaijan stands ready for larger co-op
in joint projects.

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Japan sends financial aid to promote stability of South Caucasus

Pravda, Russia
March 23 2004

Japan sends financial aid to promote stability of South Caucasus

The Armenian agriculture minister, David Lozhan, and an adviser to
the economic section of the Japanese embassy in Russia, Masataka
Esidzave, on Monday signed an agreement for the transfer to Armenia
of a Japanese grant worth USD 1.8 million.

As reported by a Rosbalt correspondent, the grant would be used to
buy fertilizer and agricultural equipment for Armenian farmers.
According to Masataka Esidzave, Japan considers the South Caucasus to
be an extremely important region, both politically and economically.

‘It is important to us that the South Caucasus be stable,’ he said,
noting that Japanese financial aid was intended specifically to
promote stability in the region. In 1997, Japan granted Armenia
financial assistance worth more than USD 19 million.

Ukraine parliament considering reinstituting deported peoples rights

RIA Novosti, Russia
March 23 2004


KIEV, March 23, 2004 (RIA Novosti) – On Tuesday, Ukraine’s parliament
passed a bill, in a first reading, re-instituting the rights of
people deported from Ukraine for ethnic reasons. The bill was
supported by 324 MPs, while 226 votes were necessary to pass the

This government-sponsored bill defines deported persons’ status.

“The state guarantees that the deported persons, who will return to
the places where they had lived before being deported, should enjoy
Ukrainian nationals’ rights stipulated in the Constitution. The state
shall also ensure conditions for settling down, i.e. housing,
employment, education, and conditions for ethnic, cultural and
religious development,” reads the document.

Moreover, the bill says that the authorities must promote deported
persons’ return, their adaptation and integration into Ukrainian

The bill is yet to be adopted in the second reading and signed into
law by the president.

More than 50,000 ethnic Germans were deported from the Crimea in
1941. Over 200,000 Tatars, some 38,000 Armenians, Bulgarians and
Greeks were ousted from the peninsula in 1944. They were deported to
Siberia, Central Asia or Kazakhstan. Around 260,000 Tatars and a few
thousand of people of a different ethnic origin have already returned
to the Crimea.

Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations on NK will be continued

RIA Novosti, Russia
March 23 2004


YEREVAN, March 23, 2004. (RIA Novosti) – Since Azerbaijan has
recognised the fact of the agreements in Key West (USA), Armenia
hopes that in the near future the negotiations on the Nagorny
Karabakh problem will be continued from the point at which they
stopped, not from scratch, says the information of the Armenian
Foreign Minister’s press secretary Gamlet Gasparyan.

“We are glad that the Azerbaijan Foreign Minister, Vilayat Guliyev,
has recognised at last that there is a written document, though not
signed, on the agreements which were achieved at the negotiations in
Paris and Key West. We were constantly saying that there is such a
document and that it was prepared by the OSCE Minsk Group for
settling the Nagorny Karabakh conflict on the basis of negotiations
with the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan,” the document says.

“As to Guliyev’s statements that if the document was not signed it
does not exist, I would like to say that if it was signed, the
Nagorny Karabakh conflict would be settled today,” the press
secretary’s information says.

Earlier the Azerbaijan Foreign Minister said that Baku considered it
possible to start negotiations with Yerevan on Nagorny Karabakh from
scratch, because up till now not a single agreement on this problem
has been reached.

US Dep. Secretary of state Armitage to visit Armenia

March 23 2004


WASHINGTON, MARCH 23, ARMENPRESS: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage will travel to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine this
week, the State Department announced Monday. He will leave Washington
March 24 for the three-day trip to the three states. Armitage will
travel first to the Ukraine capital Kiev and then continue on to
Yerevan, Armenia and Baku, Azerbaijan.
He will meet with senior government officials and other political
leaders and groups that promote democracy and civil society, the
department said. All three countries are members of the former Soviet
Union and are situated in an area with both strategic and economic
interest for the United States. In Yerevan he will meet with
president Kocharian and foreign minister Oskanian to discuss, among
other issues, also the safety of Armenian nuclear power plant in
Metsamor, for which the US government has released $1 million.

Baghdasarian gets ready for travel to Italy

March 23 2004


YEREVAN, MARCH 23, ARMENPRESS: Armenian parliament chairman,
Arthur Baghdasarian, met today with Italy’s ambassador to Yerevan,
Marco Clemente, to discuss the details of his upcoming visit to
Italy. Mr. Clemente was quoted by parliament press office as saying
that a great deal of preparation work has been done to welcome
Baghdasarian and that a parliamentary Italy-Armenia friendship group
is being formed at the initiative of its lower chamber’s chairman.
Baghdasarian is scheduled to have a series of meetings with senior
Italian officials t discuss the entire scope of bilateral relations.
The Armenian delegation will visit, as part of its itinerary, Toscana
and Friuli Julia Venezia provinces.