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The Caucasus imperative

By Vartan Oskanian’

Summit season is upon us. Following the G-20 meetings in Seoul and the NATO summit in Portugal, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will hold its first summit in 10 years in Astana, Kazakhstan’s spanking new capital city.

This is only the fourth post-Cold War summit convened by the OSCE. The first was held in 1994 in Budapest, the year the group transformed itself into a new, post-détente organization. There were two more, in Lisbon in 1996 and in Istanbul in 1999. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » November 2010


Armenia hands over Azerbaijani in prisoner exchange

Armenia handed over an Azerbaijani civilian to Baku on Thursday and received the body of an Armenian, the defense ministry said, in the first swap under a Russian-brokered deal aimed at easing tensions.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed at a summit in Russia last week to swap prisoners of war and exchange the bodies of those killed in their conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The exchange agreement, which officials said would involve a handful of prisoners and bodies being held by each side, was hailed internationally as a step toward reducing increasing tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » November 2010