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Old 10.12.2004, 15:43   #1
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Default Armenian Court Gives Green Light For Iraq Deployment

By Anna Saghabalian

Armenia’s Constitutional Court gave the government the green light on Wednesday to send Armenian non-combat troops to Iraq, a deployment which Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian claimed will spare the country international isolation.

The ruling paved the way for a debate on the issue in parliament dominated by President Robert Kocharian’s loyalists. Some of them have serious misgivings about the wisdom of the deployment, sharing concerns about the security of Iraq’s Armenian community.

But Sarkisian brushed aside those concerns as he addressed the panel of nine judges. “Armenia could not have stayed isolated from regional developments,”

he said. “Hence, the Armenian authorities’ decision to participate in the process of Iraq’s stabilization.”

Sarkisian warned that Armenia’s failure to follow neighboring Azerbaijan’s and Georgia’s example and join the U.S.-led “coalition of the willing” in Iraq “could create certain obstacles to a further expansion of Armenia’s cooperation in the international arena.” He did not elaborate.

The one-day court hearing centered on an agreement between Poland and 18 other countries that have troops in a Polish-led multinational division controlling south-central Iraq. Kocharian promised to place about 50 Armenian military doctors, sappers and truck drivers under Polish command during a visit to Warsaw last September. The Constitutional Court found that the agreement does not run counter to the Armenian constitution.

Sarkisian said Yerevan will sign up to the document on the condition that the Armenian military personnel take part only in “defensive and humanitarian activities” and avoid joint actions with the bigger Azerbaijani contingent. “Performance of joint tasks with the contingent of Azerbaijani armed forces stationed in Iraq will not be acceptable,” he said.

Speaking to reporters afterward, the powerful defense chief was confident that the National Assembly will endorse the deployment plans welcomed by the United States. “I think that the overwhelming majority of our parliamentarians care about Armenia’s future and will not make emotional decisions,” he said.

Critics have been warning that an estimated 25,000 Iraqi citizens of Armenian descent could face retaliatory attacks from Iraqi insurgents once Armenia becomes part of the U.S.-led occupation force. The insurgents have routinely kidnapped and killed citizens of countries cooperating with it.

Leaders of the Iraqi Armenians have themselves exhorted Kocharian not to send any servicemen. Underscoring their fears was Tuesday’s bombing of Armenian and Chaldean churches in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. News reports said gunmen burst in and set off explosions inside the buildings, damaging them but hurting no one.

The Armenian Apostolic Church condemned the violence, with Catholicos Garegin II warning of a “danger to the centuries-old co-existence of the Christian and Islamic peoples” of Iraq. Garegin urged Iraqi spiritual leaders to prevent the continuing unrest in the country from degenerating into a religious conflict.

The alarm was echoed Pope John Paul II on Wednesday. "I express my spiritual closeness to the faithful, shocked by the attacks," John Paul said, speaking from his apartment window above St. Peter's Square on the Roman Catholic feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In Yerevan, meanwhile, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Kim Balayan, wondered if the planned deployment could put the lives of Iraqi Armenians at greater risk. Sarkisian countered that they will be insecure regardless of Armenian military presence in Iraq.

(GI-Photolur photo: A view of a damaged church following the attacks in

Mosul.)

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Old 10.12.2004, 15:59   #2
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Idti tuda ne sledovali, konechno. Tol`ko vot pod kakim sousom eto prepodnesti ?
Pridetsya dozhdat`sya kakogo-nibud` sobytiya, chtobi byl povod ottuda ubrat`sya.
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What will it take to stop this madness , not only in Iraq we have a large Armenian population , also in all the other Moslem countries , and now we are concidering to please USA and support them at their failed war , against the very people who gave the Armenians food and shelter during the Turkish Genocide against us ,
Here in Canada and around the world The Armenian Embessies are flooded by angree mail , urging the Govenment of Armenia to think about the lives of those young people who may get captured and all we need to see one head cut off and how will those wise men sleep at night . some one in this forum say some thing to me in English to comfort me , as this action puts all Armenians in the Middle East at risk , as we already saw several Armenian churches were atttacked .
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The crazy thing about this is that we are going there just the the time when the US led coalition is falling apart..

I think US government is pressing Armenia by saying, look Azeris are with us, so you also must go there, if not ....
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Armenian defence minister justifies dispatch of troops to Iraq

(c) 2004 The British Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved. No material may be reproduced except with the express permission of The British Broadcasting Corporation.

Excerpt from Vaan Vardanyan's report by Armenian newspaper Ayots Ashkar on 9 December headlined "Armenia has no right to stay out of this process"

An interview with Defence Minister Serzh Sarkisyan.

[Ayots Ashkar correspondent] Mr Sarkisyan, the Constitutional Court has adopted a positive decision on sending troops to Iraq. When will it be submitted to the National Assembly for ratification?

[Serzh Sarkisyan] It does not depend on me. There is a regulation according to which the president of the country sends a bill to the parliament for ratification. I think this will happen soon.

[Correspondent] Are you sure that the National Assembly will ratify it?

[Sarkisyan] Nothing can be guaranteed. But I think that a great majority in the parliament are people who stand for our national interests and they will not make a negative decision.

[Correspondent] But Ukraine wants to withdraw its 1,500-strong military contingent from Iraq, but it does not have money for that. There is a similar mood in Britain as well. That is, some countries seem to have changed their mind on sending troops to Iraq. Is it correct that Armenia is going to send its military contingent to Iraq?

[Sarkisyan] First, how do you know that they have changed their mind? Second, at the time these countries sent troops to Iraq, the situation was no better than today. That is, one should conclude that the existing situation in Iraq is not the reason for this mood. In that case we do not have the right to be guided by other countries' interests.

[Passage omitted: Sarkisyan says how many countries and in what way take part in Iraq's restoration]

We have no right to be sidelined from this process.

[Correspondent] Is Kazakhstan's military contingent in Iraq a supporting force?

[Sarkisyan] Yes, it is. Just the same way as in our case. Today I mentioned in the Constitutional Court that in case of joining the relevant memorandum we shall mention reservations that should be applied to our contingent. They are different. For instance, our contingent may only take part in defence and humanitarian actions. Moreover, we cannot take part in any actions together with the Azerbaijani units.

[Correspondent] Moreover, our contingent may not be deployed in the same place with the Azerbaijanis.

[Sarkisyan] Certainly. We have chosen in advance where our contingent will be deployed in case of going to Iraq.

[Correspondent] There are opinions that if the contingent is dispatched to Iraq, in this way Armenia will stress that it is pro-Western, shrugging off Russia.

[Sarkisyan] This is not so. Those who think so are not aware of the processes taking place in the world. They simply try to impose their view on other people. If they learn the list of the countries that help restoration of Iraq, they will see that Russia is among them as well. Why do these people try to make any action look like contradicting Russia or the USA? I am sure that such approaches will not benefit our country.

[Correspondent] People worry that by this step we may put at risk our Armenian community of Iraq.

[Sarkisyan] This is why we approach this problem very seriously. But I can ask: if we do not send our contingent to Iraq, does it mean that their attitude towards our community will be better? Everybody knows that the first church blown up in Iraq was an Armenian one. That happened when there was no word in Armenia about joining the coalition. I simply see no connection, though different ways out are possible. But I am absolutely sure that if Armenia does not join in and stay out of this process, which involves 94 countries of the world, it will be simply unclear.

Source: Ayots Ashkar, Yerevan, in Armenian 9 Dec 04 p 3
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Очень интересно ... наши власти, фактически, поддерживают вторжение американцев в Ирак и в тоже время критикуют (не столь открыто, разумеется) вмешательство американцев в процесс выборов на Украине.

Да, комплементаризм сложная штука, однако.
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Очень интересно ... наши власти, фактически, поддерживают вторжение американцев в Ирак и в тоже время критикуют (не столь открыто, разумеется) вмешательство американцев в процесс выборов на Украине.

Да, комплементаризм сложная штука, однако.
Мы народ любящий честность. Хотите сменить власть, идите на таран с войсками и прочим, а пос порел, кехтот горцер анел, это у нас не поощеряется.

Поживем увидим...
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Old 11.12.2004, 13:02   #9
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Аршак Садоян предлагает создать 20,000-ную армию билакавор тхерки готовых идти на билакакрив, В каждом дворе должны быть отряды готовые по команде Садояна встать на ноги и брать Парламент,
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Man alive I sure would like to know what you guys said , Mono ,Obelix and Darell
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