Mavi Boncuk provides us a National Geography article on Anatolian Armenians that was published back in 1915…
A round up on Turkish foreign policy and EU process related issues follows:
A Turkish court annulled Monday a ruling that dismissed demands for the criminal prosecution of individuals who initiated an Internet campaign to issue a public apology to Armenians, broadcaster NTV reported.
International Crisis Group, 23 February 2009
Hugh Pope *
Turkey has been converging formally with the European Union and its predecessors since it signed an association agreement in 1963, the same year the dispute between Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Turkey and Greece over Cyprus became both a cause and symptom of ups and downs in the EU-Turkey relationship. On the Mediterranean island, armed conflict has been minimal since the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern third, and Turkey and Greece have smoothed over their differences since a 1999 rapprochement. But the 2004 entry of the Republic of Cyprus into the EU as a divided country imported this frozen conflict into the heart of Europe, and created an unbreakable triangle between the EU, Turkey and Cyprus.
By Zvi Bar’el
Tags: Turkey, Gaza, Israel news
‘You have to understand the historical aspect of our relations. We the Turks still have an Ottoman view of the region, whereby it’s more natural for us to have ties with Israel than with the Arab countries,’ a member of the Turkish National Security Council told Haaretz last week, as the relationship between the two countries continued to deteriorate."
ANKARA – There are no problems in Turkish and Israeli relations or ongoing joint defense projects, according to the Turkish Undersecretary for Defense Industry, Murad Bayar. Recent reports in the media suggested some military projects between Turkey and Israel could be canceled after tension escalated between the two countries over the latest Gaza operation and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s outburst in Davos and subsequent departure.
"New dimension to EU-Turkey ties
ANKARA – The Turkish Foreign Ministry approaches with caution the European Union’s decision to include Turkey on its Eastern Partnership with ex-Soviet countries. Turkey must not think that the European Union is trying to push the country to its periphery, according to one expert"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s walkout in the midst of a discussion on Gaza in Davos won him millions of supporters not only in Turkey, but around the world. With his bold position on the Middle East peace process, Erdoğan has the Arab and Muslim streets behind him.
In an interview with Euronews on Feb. 4, Alexander Medvedev, the Gazprom deputy chairman, declared "the 21st century … the century of natural gas." Indeed, natural gas may leave a lasting imprint on this century, whether as an energy source the world, and Europe in particular, will increasingly depend on or as a source of unprecedented economic and geopolitical power for those who have been and will be able to supply it.
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:07:28 GMT
By Mehdi Gholizadeh, Press TV, Ankara
The special US envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, arrived in Ankara on Wednesday night for a two-day official visit, highlighting Turkey’s key role in the Middle East peace process and its great importance for the US.
Mitchell’s visit to Ankara comes at a time when there have been reports that the US is mulling over setting up a new military base in the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon.
The European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, has said Armenian lobbyists have threatened to destroy her career because she has refused to refer to the World War I-era killings of Anatolian Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as "genocide."
The need for a new, democratic and civilian constitution is back on Turkey’s agenda following the latest crisis, which emerged when pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) leader Ahmet Türk delivered a part of his speech in Kurdish early this week during his party’s parliamentary group meeting.
When it comes to the European Union, there is a strong inclination in Turkey to observe it from the inside; however, when observed from the outside, more developments that make it easier to understand the EU can be seen.
It is clear from the first official meetings and announcements made by the Obama administration that this leadership sees Turkey as important and that it wishes to work out many problems through Ankara and engage Turkey in this strategy in general.
The frozen relations between Armenia and Turkey are now showing some signs of melting.
By Grenville Byford | NEWSWEEK
It’s almost April, so Washington is gearing up for another performance of the "Armenian Genocide Resolution Spectacular," a regular event since 1984. Here’s the historical plotline: the Armenian-American lobby gets a few U.S. congressmen to sponsor a resolution recognizing the 1915 massacre of Armenians in what is now Eastern Turkey as a "genocide."
PARIS – “Who lost Turkey?” That question, often raised in the past, has been heating up in the aftermath of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s emotional outburst during the recent World Economic Forum 2009 in Davos, when he abruptly left a panel he was sharing with Israeli President Shimon Peres. And the Turkish question matters greatly, because it touches on some of the most unstable and unsettling of the world’s diplomatic disputes.
Turkey warned that a legislation that would recognize the Armenian claims regarding the 1915 incidents could harm Turkey-U.S. relations as well as the normalization process between Ankara and Yerevan.