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Armenian Apology Causes Brawl in Turkish Parliament

Turkish politicians from the Republican People’s Party and the ruling Ak Party fight during a debate last May in the Turkish parliament in Ankara.

Turkish politicians from the Republican People’s Party and the ruling Ak Party fight during a debate last May in the Turkish parliament in Ankara.

Asbarez.com is reporting that a Turkish parliament member’s request Sunday that the legislature apologize to Armenians for the “events of 1915” has caused an uproar in parliament, with members hurling personal insults at one another.

Democratic Society Party (DTP) member Osman Euzcelik brought the matter up during parliament’s discussion of the education ministry budget and went on to recall the Armenian massacres by using the Kurdish word that describes Genocide.

The remarks prompted a member of the ruling AKP party to walk toward DTP members and begin screaming at his fellow parliamentarians. Another parliament member intervened to stop what could have become a physical altercation.

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Erdogan Travels to Russia, Georgia for Talks

From Asbarez

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Russia and Georgia for talks over the conflict between the two countries, a statement from his press office said on Wednesday.

It said that he will meet with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow later Wednesday and with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi on Thursday.

“We believe the prime minister’s trips to Moscow and Tbilisi will contribute to securing a climate of sustainable peace and stability in the region,” the statement said.

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Yerevan Reaffirms Support For CIS

From Asbarez

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia reaffirmed its “long-term” commitment to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Wednesday following neighboring Georgia’s decision to leave the Russian-led grouping of 12 former Soviet republics in protest against Russia’s military operations in Georgia.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced the move during a big rally in Tbilisi on Tuesday. “We are leaving the CIS for good and propose that other countries leave this body run by Russia,” he said, again accusing Moscow of unleashing a military aggression against his nation.

None of the other CIS countries, including those with uneasy relations with Russia, has headed Saakashvili’s call so far.

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Sarkisian Discusses Georgia Crisis With Russia’s Medvedev

From Asbarez

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Breaking his silence on the crisis in neighboring Georgia, President Serzh Sarkisian telephoned his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday to discuss the developments of the past week.

“During the phone conversation President Dmitry Medvedev briefed Serzh Sarkisian on the course of negotiations aimed at finding a way out of the situation,” the Armenian leader’s press office said in a statement. “The presidents of the two countries agreed to hold, if need be, additional consultations on further developments.”

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Armenia’s Suply Lines ‘Fully Restored’

From Asbarez.com

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan announced on Wednesday a full restoration of Armenia’s transport communication with the outside world that was disrupted by the conflict between neighboring Georgia and Russia.

He also said that Georgia is gradually restoring supplies of Russian natural gas to Armenia via its territory to pre-conflict levels.

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