Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt (C) and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu (R) talk to the media after their meeting in Saariselka Inari, in the Finnish Lapland March 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule gives a press conference on February 2010 at EU headquarters in Brussels. Fule urged Turkey Monday to open its ports to Cyprus under a trade pact with the bloc and to press on with peace efforts with Armenia.(AFP/File/Georges Gobet)
Turkey?s domestic agenda has been full of challenging issues such as a series of discoveries of alleged coup plots to topple the government and a yet-to-be-achieved compromise on a constitutional amendment package, but now all the attention is focused outward.
I?m passing through Nevşehir, vaguely admiring the smart new fire station and wondering anew at the excessive size of the new Kipa shopping mall when something unexpected catches my eye.
Turkey has a problem in brief called ?the Armenian problem.? It may be defined as the question as to how the Turkish state and society is to face its history concerning the great tragedy that befell Ottoman Armenians when the Union and Progress dictators during World War I, in response to the uprising by Armenian nationalists who sided with the Russian enemy, punished nearly the entire Armenian citizenry by forcefully deporting them to Syria, thus leading to the deaths of several hundreds of thousands of them due to massacres, famine and epidemics.
By Patricia H. Kushlis
Here we go again. No it?s not US collegiate basketball finals. It?s the perennial debate in the US House of Representatives over the Armenian genocide resolution. This time it squeaked through the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 4, 2010 by just one vote (23-22). In November 2007 said resolution which had been voted out of the same committee by a 27-21 margin and nearly 230 sponsors and cosponsors almost made it onto the floor with the strong support of then and now Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
from U.S.A.K. Blog