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Rising tension in the Caucasus and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

2010 was a year of increasing tension in the Caucasus. An increase in bombing activities in Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia, along with armed skirmishes in Nagorno-Karabakh brought questions of stability to Turkey’s doorstep.

It is clear that the region has significant importance as a Turkey main gateway to Russia and the Caspian basin as well as a transit route of energy resources. Therefore, any increase in tension in the region will have significant impact in Turkey. It also has some capacity to generate negative impacts on the political atmosphere and cause problems for ongoing and future projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » April 2011


The Khojaly Massacre and the ‘Armenian Genocide’

Have you ever, dear readers, heard of the Khojaly massacre of February 25-26, 1992? Or do you have any idea where on earth Khojaly might be?

Khojaly was a small village with a population of approximately 2,000 people in Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed enclave between Azerbaijan and Armenia. After the immigration wave at the start of 1990, nevertheless, its population increased to almost 6,000. First came the Meskhetian Turks who were deported during the World War II to Central Asia by the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, and then Azeri families which were sent packing from Hankendi (Stepanakert) by the Armenians. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Khojaly, Turkish Press No Comments » April 2011


Azerbaijani jets hold exercises near Armenian border

More than 10 fighters and military helicopters belonging to the Azerbaijani Air Forces are holding military exercises in a “front-line zone” close to Armenian military forces.

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev has been stationed at the front-line zone near the Nagorno-Karabakh region since Wednesday, Trend News Agency reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » April 2011


Turkish, Azeri defense ministers meet in Ankara

Turkey’s Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül met Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Safar Abiyev to discuss regional and bilateral ties in Ankara on Friday.

Speaking prior to the meeting, Gönül referred to the statement of former Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev on Turkey and Azerbaijan in which he had described the two countries as, “one nation, two states.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » April 2011