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Ara Kochunyan:

Ankara sees Armenia as most stable and predictable country in the region

September 18, 2008
Ara Kochunyan
The Armenian community of Istanbul is one of the oldest and at the same time the most vulnerable. It's rather hard to live in Turkey and remain an Armenian. But life goes on and the community grows in number, mostly thanks to migrants from Armenia. Nevertheless, there are taboos people are unable to lift, despite Turkey's aspiration to join the European family. Editor-in-chief of Zhamanak Istanbul-based Armenian-language newspaper, Ara Kochunyan tells PanARMENIAN.Net about the everyday life of the Armenian community.

Andrey Areshev:

If Saakashvili's blitzkrieg were a success, NKR would be attacked within several months

September 10, 2008
Andrey Areshev
After the five-day war in South Ossetia, the region has changed and, to all appearance, will continue changing. Recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russi and, unsettlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict are pregnant with new challenges. How efficient will Russia's policy prove? Andrey Areshev, expert at Strategic Culture Foundation, commented on the situation to PanARMENIAN.Net.

Kaan Soyak:

In case of new war in Karabakh, Turkey will assume impartial position

September 8, 2008
Kaan Soyak
The visit of Turkish president Abdullah Gul to Armenia made a big stir in the region. Informal contact between the leaders of the two countries, who have exercised ping-pong diplomacy, can lead toward normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations. Kaan Soyak, Chairman of the Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council (TABC) commented to PanARMENIAN.Net on the recent developments.

Arsen Melik-Shahnazarov:

Georgian-Ossetian confrontation affected Karabakh process

September 2, 2008
Arsen Melik-Shahnazarov
The Nagorno Karabakh Republic is marking the 17th anniversary of its independence on September 2. The recent developments in the South Caucasus will one way or another affect the settlement process. Recognizing independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russia will hardly do the same as regards Nagorno Karabakh. PanARMENIAN.Net requested Arsen Melik-Shahnazarov, advisor to NKR Foreign Minister to comment on the situation.

Lluis Maria de Puig:

CoE can join Karabakh settlement talks if Yerevan and Baku issue a request

July 23, 2008
Lluis Maria de Puig
Armenia's stance on normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations and peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is in focus in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). European structures stand unanimously for creation of atmosphere of trust and neighbourliness. In a conversation with a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter, PACE President Lluis Maria de Puig commented on Armenia's role in these processes.

Mikhail Alexandrov:

Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline works as constraint for Baku to think well before flying to arms

July 22, 2008
Mikhail Alexandrov
War is in the air in Caucasus. Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili threatens to take back Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Ilham Aliyev doesn't want to fall behind either and pledges to resolve the Karabakh conflict by use of force. The situation is complicated and unpredictable. Mikhail Alexandrov, head of the Caucasus department at the Institute of CIS Studies, presents his vision of the region to PanARMENIAN.Net.

Serge Smessov:

France attaches importance to Armenian-Turkish relations

July 17, 2008
Serge Smessov
Assuming the EU chairmanship, France is called to create favorable atmosphere at summits of heads of state and government, who are dealing with the issues vital for the organization. The intermediary skills of the presiding country predetermine the member countries' readiness to compromise. France's Ambassador to Armenia Serge Smessov comments to PanARMENIAN.Net on priorities of the French chairmanship, EU approaches to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement and normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations.

Joseph Pennington:

U.S. wants to continue Millennium Challenge program in Armenia

June 26, 2008
Joseph Pennington
The Armenia-U.S. relations are developing dynamically. The U.S. continues to render assistance to Armenia for formation of civil society and implementation of democratic reforms. As a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the U.S. promotes resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. However, the U.S. Embassy in Armenia has been functioning without Ambassador for 18 months already. PanARMENIAN.Net requested U.S. Charge d'Affairs Joseph Pennington to comment on the Armenian-American relations and development prospects.

Sergei Markedonov:

Kosovo phantom hovering over Caucasus

June 2, 2008
Sergei Markedonov
The South Caucasus states have always been in focus of Russian politicians. However, position of official Moscow on the unsettled conflicts in Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia sometimes arouses astonishment, specifically in Armenia. The "outpost" stereotype yields to pragmatism. Head of the interethnic relations department at the institute of political and military analysis Sergei Markedonov comments to PanARMENIAN.Net on regional developments.

Mustafa Aydin:

1915 events shouldn't hamper Armenia-Turkish public dialog

May 30, 2008
Mustafa Aydin
Frozen in 1993, the Armenian-Turkish relations have not been normalized yet. Turkey goes on setting a number of preconditions unacceptable for Armenia, which has always manifested willingness to establish diplomatic relations without any preconditions. Head of the department of international relations at University of Economic and Technology, professor Mustafa Aydin comments to PanARMENIAN.Net on possibilities to break the deadlock.