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  • Gavur
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    Its just a matter of time, U.S. will take over the world !
    Since they are the only country that can do it.Therefore they shell






    The Lancer waits

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  • Gavur
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    The "Secret" can be discussed now?

    US NUKES AT INCIRLIK QUESTIONED
    Tolga KORKUT

    BÝA, Turkey
    June 12 2006

    Opposition CHP deputy Elekdag prepares to table nuclear bombs issue
    at Parliament: "We don't need them, let's send them back". Global
    BAK's Mater: "Secret decree is still kept secret. Agreement may have
    been automatically extended".





    http://www.incirlik.af.mil/html/sword.htm





    BÝA (Istanbul) - The presence of 90 American nuclear bombs at the
    Incirlik Air Base in the Southeast Turkish province of Adana is being
    brought before parliament by the country's main opposition Republic
    Peoples Party (CHP) deputy and former Turkish ambassador to the United
    States, Sukru Elekdag.

    In an exclusive interview with bianet last week, Elekdag said no
    justification could be made by civilian or military authorities to
    retain these weapons after the Cold War and that, in his view, their
    presence delivered a blow to the regional political prestige of Turkey.

    Elekdag is calling on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to
    explain if there is any valid military purpose in still allowing these
    weapons to be held in Turkish soil despite the end of the Cold War.

    "In 1991 father Bush made a historical statement and said 'there is no
    such threat. We are withdrawing all of our land tactical missiles in
    Europe.' Then they said 'air to surface bombs will stay for a while
    and we will liquidate them'. But these were all forgotten. It is only
    now that it's revealed what these weapons really are.

    Previously it was impossible to prove this. Authorities were neither
    saying yes or no," Elakdag explained.

    Noting that Turkey itself was not under any threat, Elekdag said
    "These weapons that are under USA control are not necessary. If there
    is a reason, let us know. If there is not, they should be taken out
    of the country".

    Elekdag added, "Middle East countries are concerned over the existence
    of these weapons. The new strategy of the USA is a pre-emptive
    strategy. In other words, to strike the source of a danger it sees
    without waiting. This, as in Iraq, leads to disaster".

    "We do not want to Iran to be nuclear armed. This issue has three
    actors, the USA, Israel and Iran. There is only one way out in solving
    this tension," he said. "The Middle East should become a nuclear free
    zone. Turkey should revitalise this draft".

    He said, however, that "it cannot support this with nuclear weapons.

    Being the secretary of the Islamic Conference Organisation, Turkey
    could take the responsibility of such a project at the level of the
    United Nations on a legal platform. It is difficult, but this is the
    only way out".

    Elekdag said that for his part, he now planned to bring the United
    Nations Convention to Prevent the Spread of Nuclear Weapons on the
    agenda of the Turkish Parliament.

    "I will reveal the arbitrary way the USA is enforcing this
    convention. If we do not want the 21st century to b the century of
    disaster, we have to enforce this convention fastidiously. Otherwise,
    other countries will revive the nuclear armament projects that they
    had shelved".

    Asked whether he would work together with non-governmental
    organisations already active on the issue, Elekdag said "I need to
    consider this. I do not know what their agenda is. I need to find
    this out. I am not against necessary defence measures being taken.

    Whatever required should be done. But I do think that there is no
    defence justification related to nuclear bombs".

    Mater: Agreement between Pentagon and Chief of Staff

    Tayfun Mater, spokesman for the Global Peace and Justice Coalition
    (Kuresel BAK) that has been involved in a prolonged struggle for the
    closure of Incirlik air base and for the Council of Ministers to
    disclose a secret decree pertaining to its use, regards Elekdag's
    upcoming initiative as a positive development but warns "these
    agreements are in reality between the Pentagon and the [Turkish]
    Chief of General Staff office. I do not think that they will openly
    be brought to Parliament".

    Mater told bianet that despite this, they would continue to do
    everything within their capacity to force Ankara to disclose the
    secret decrees under which Incirlik is controlled and used.

    He explained that despite going through the Right to Obtain Information
    and even filing cases, they could not learn of the Council of
    Ministers secret decree on Incirlik. "We never received a reply to
    our application for Information. The Council of State rejected our
    case for the decree to be annulled. And because this case was secret,
    we were not shown the decree" Mater explained.

    He added that the agreement related to the base should have been
    extended to June 5, 2006 "but no information was leaked out. It might
    be that the text says somewhere that if there is no objection, the
    agreement is automatically extended. The original text of the decree
    has still not been disclosed."

    Gerger: We'll live with nuclear bombs without rooted changes

    Renown Turkish writer and one of the founding member of the Turkish
    Human Rights Association, Dr. Haluk Gerger said that the presence
    of nuclear weapons in Turkey has been an open secret since the 1950s
    and added "but in Turkey, as long as the situation doesn't change in
    the Chief of General Staff determining policies, there will both be
    nuclear bombs and CIA torture planes".

    Gerger explained to bianet that US nuclear weapons were deployed to
    Turkey in the second half of the 1950s both under NATO agreements
    and bilateral agreements with the United States.

    "These bombs are owned by the US. They can only be used under the
    ratification of the President of the USA. If Turkey does not want
    these weapons, it needs to review the NATO agreements and bilateral
    agreements with the USA. Not all NATO members accept nuclear weapons
    on their soil" he said.

    Gerger argued, however, that Turkey did not have the political
    willpower to review these texts.

    "The USA deployed nuclear weapons to the Middle East region first
    through Turkey. Then by aiding Israel and turning a blind eye. The
    third entry was with Iran under the Shah" Gerger said.

    "The peace movement and socialist movement have always voiced their
    objections. But a meaningful objection never turned out. Opposition
    parties might have used the issue occasionally but when they came to
    power, they continued to support nuclear bombs. Today there is still
    not a serious objection. The CHP does not have a program that says
    'I'll get the nuclear bombs out of the country if I come to power'."

    Gerger concluded that unless there were rooted changes in Turkey,
    the continue would continue to host nuclear bombs. "Unless there is a
    true democracy in Turkey, neither social opposition nor governments
    can influence this kind of strategic military issues. The Chief of
    General Staff will decide".

    Bombs "only just" on political agenda

    More than a year has passed since the American National Resources
    Defense Council (NRDC) organisation disclosed in its February 9, 2005
    dates report that there were 90 nuclear weapons at Adana's Incirlik
    air base and a total of 480 throughout Europe. The original report
    was published by bianet on February 10.

    Yet months before this, on December 9, 2004, CHP Adana deputy Tacidar
    Seyhanhad submitted a motion to Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul in
    parliament related to the presence of nuclear and chemical weapons
    at Incirlik base.

    In his short reply to the motion on January 13, 2005, Gonul said
    "the answers contain information classified secret. Because of this
    a a response cannot be given"

    Information pertaining to the bombs came to the media and political
    agenda only after a May 17 press statement on the issue by Greenpeace
    General Director Dr. Gerd Leipold.

    Many NGOs including Kuresel BAK, Human Rights Association and
    Greenpeace have staged a number of activities in Turkey for information
    on the nuclear weapons in Incirlik to be disclosed and to have access
    to the Secret Incirlik Decree under which the base is operated.

    Close to many of the world's potential trouble spots and only a jump
    away from Iraq, Armenia and Iran, Incirlik Air Base is an important
    base in NATO's Southern Region. As a prime staging location, Incirlik
    offers extensive runway facilities and aircraft shelters. It also
    serves as a regional storage center for war reserve materials. The
    heavily guarded base hosts hundreds of US personnel, US and Turkish
    civilian employees and contractors.





    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A B-1B Lancer from the global power bomber combined test force here drops a Joint Standoff Weapon during a recent test mission. The test marked the first time the JSOW has been dropped from the long-range bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Zapka)

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  • Gavur
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    Iran says Western proposal 'positive'

    By ALI AKBAR DAREINI and GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writers
    29 minutes ago



    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran and the United States had a rare moment of agreement Tuesday, using similar language to describe "positive steps" toward an accord on a package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment.



    Diplomats said the incentives include a previously undisclosed offer of some U.S. nuclear technology on top of European help in building light-water nuclear reactors. Other incentives include allowing Iran to buy spare airplane parts and support for joining the World Trade Organization.

    Tehran is under intense international pressure to accept the deal in exchange for putting on hold a uranium enrichment program that the West fears could lead to the creation of nuclear weapons.

    Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said the proposals had "positive steps" but that talks were needed to clear up ambiguities. Iran promised to study the proposals seriously, but gave no timeframe for a response.

    And Bush, using the same language, said Iran's initial response "sounds like a positive step."

    "We will see if the Iranians take our offer seriously," the president said in Laredo, Texas. "The choice is theirs to make. I have said the United States will come and sit down at the table with them so long as they are willing to suspend their enrichment in a verifiable way."

    One diplomat in Vienna described the U.S. offer of nuclear technology as particularly significant because it would, in effect, loosen a decades-long American embargo on giving Iran access to "dual use" technologies — equipment with both civilian and military use.

    Crucially, the deal does not demand that Iran outright give up its uranium enrichment program — only suspend it, although likely for a long time. Two earlier diplomatic initiatives by Europe and Russia crumbled over the past year because each demanded Iran scrap enrichment completely — a stumbling block because of the program's wide popularity with the Iranian public.

    Iran's leaders fiercely defend their nuclear program as a source of intense national pride, and say the purpose of the enrichment program is to create fuel for electricity — not nuclear weapons, as the U.S. claims.

    Enrichment is the centerpiece of a nuclear program that the Iranian government has touted as a technological achievement, proving Iran is on a level with developed Western nations. Iran has dismissed past demands that it give up its right to enrichment as an arrogant insult from Western nations afraid of a high-tech Muslim nation. But it has signaled it would accept some limits.

    For the West, enrichment is the center of fears over Iran's intentions. Enrichment can produce either material for a nuclear warhead or fuel for a nuclear reactor.

    The latest proposal was revealed a week after Washington changed strategy on Iran and — in an apparent acknowledgment that it lacked support for sanctions against the Islamic republic — conceded to entering into direct talks with Iran under certain conditions. The latest proposal appeared to be even more of a concession on the Bush administration's part — a major attempt to sweeten the package for Iran in a bid to win concessions over the nuclear program.

    Most importantly, the United States is now offering to provide Iran some nuclear technology, diplomats in Vienna told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity in exchange for discussing some details of the package.

    It had been known that the deal included European offers of help in building light-water nuclear reactors for a peaceful energy program. But there had previously been no suggestion the Americans would also agree to help build a nuclear program for a country they frequently paint as a threat to world security.

    John Wolfsthal, a nonproliferation analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said any such offer would be tied to strict monitoring conditions.

    "Iran has to be fully compliant in terms of inspectors on site, cameras and tracking equipment," Wolfsthal said. "All that is standard operating procedure with countries with light-water reactors."

    In Washington, State Department Sean McCormack declined to go into specifics of the proposal. He said diplomacy "is at a sensitive stage" and the United States wants Iran to have a chance to review the proposal without having it discussed publicly.

    He refused to offer a time frame, but said the Iran's timetable to consider the package was "weeks, not months."

    Asked about reports that the offer of Western technology includes U.S. technological assistance, McCormack said: "Well, I've seen a lot of reports flying around the past couple days about what may or may not be in this package. I would just caution everybody, until we actually are able to discuss what is in the package in public, take reports with a grain of salt."

    U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in exchange for discussing details, said that the United States and Europe agreed to back Iran's membership in the World Trade Organization,

    The United States would also lift some sanctions — including allowing Iran to buy the much-needed airplane parts — and join with Europeans in direct negotiations with Iran over the future of Iran's nuclear program.

    Diplomats said Monday that the United States additionally agreed to open the door for Europe to sell Tehran new Airbus planes. Iran's commercial fleet is largely made up of Boeings purchased before the 1979 revolution, and Tehran frequently complains that the U.S. ban on parts has undermined safety. U.S. pressure has also prevented Iranian attempts to purchase new Airbus aircraft.

    European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented the package to Iranian officials Tuesday in Tehran.

    "The proposals contain positive steps and also some ambiguities, which must be removed," Larijani said afterward.

    Larijani did not identify the ambiguities but said he discussed them with Solana and that more talks would be required. "We hope we will have negotiations and deliberations again after we have carefully studied the proposals," he said.

    Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran would give the proposals "careful study" and then "we will inform our friends of Iran's views."

    Solana said of the meeting: "I have a feeling that it has been very, very constructive," and said the two sides would have more contacts in the coming days.

    In the talks, Solana also "carried a message" about potential penalties if Iran refuses the offer. But he withheld telling the Iranians the specific threats — including the possibility of U.N. sanctions — so as not to jeopardize the "positive" atmosphere, said one diplomat in Vienna.

    If Tehran does not accept, the package threatens Iran with a travel ban against its ruling religious leaders and government officials involved in the nuclear program, plus a freeze of Iranian financial assets abroad, U.S. officials and diplomats in Vienna have said.

    The current package's lack of a demand for scrapping enrichment entirely could prove key, said Iranian political analyst Mostafa Kavakebian, who predicted Iran would accept temporary suspension of uranium enrichment but would reject any permanent halt.

    In past days, Iranian leaders have combined tough talk with signals that they are open to a deal — perhaps an attempt to portray to the Iranian public that they remain firm, even as they consider reversing their refusal to suspend enrichment.

    ____

    Jahn reported this story from Vienna, and Dareini from Tehran. AP correspondent Anne Gearan contributed from Washington.

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  • Gavur
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    Azerbaijan is a combination of absolute monarchy and primeval paganism:

    Azeri press digest

    Politics

    Real Azerbaijan writes about the propagation of the personality cult of Heydar Aliyev (Azeri president in 1993-2003 — REGNUM). The daily says: “After coming into power in 1993 and rejecting liberal values and social democracy ideas, Heydar Aliyev began propagating his own authoritarian ideology. In fact, this quasi-ideology is not based on any basic political ideology and is just designed to acknowledge the beatified messianism of Aliyev and his heirs. This ideology harmoniously combines elements of absolute monarchy and primeval paganism. Its basic rule is primeval worship of the cult of Power itself and its only historical achievement is the victory over public institutions, public consciousness and national dignity.”

    Real Azerbaijan notes that there are all possible prerequisites for development of political Islam in the country: “Unruly authorities, gangster-policemen, pan-national depression and overall degradation – this all is pushing tens of thousands of young and battle-worthy Azeris into mosques. They prefer the justice of Allah to the voluntarism of Heydarism. In fact, they have no third option. The headquarters of political parties have become a place where they wash their political corpses. Every day more and more youths are assembling in mosques and are replenishing the shafi, hambali, shiah and wahabi communities. Looming large in the horizon is the image of thousands of young people inspired and amazed by the heroism of the Chechen mojaheds and dreaming to bring the Chechen Islamic revival to Azerbaijan. The authorities are sleeping and failing to see from their democratic camp (where power is still in the hands of Aliyev’s authoritarian clones) the dawn of new Islamic politicians…”

    On May 9th Azerbaijan was admitted into the UN Human Rights Council for three years, reports 525th Daily. Also admitted were Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Cuba, Mexico, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Azerbaijan was nominated by the UN Eastern-European Regional Group. Six countries were admitted from this group. Despite application Armenia was denied membership.

    The opposition Azadlyg bloc does not believe in Azerbaijan’s admission into the UN Human Rights Council. “If confirmed, this fact will prove that the UN is collapsing. The admission of Azerbaijan and other totalitarian countries into the Council will become a step towards the UN’s collapse,” says leader of the Party of the People’s Front of Azerbaijan Ali Kerimli. (Azadlyg)

    Azerbaijan-Armenia. Karabakh

    “The present moment is crucial for the Karabakh peace process,” Russian co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov says in an interview to Azeri Press. He says that the time is ripe for agreement. “We must not miss such a crucial moment. We will hardly have a better one,” says Merzlyakov. He does not specify what the MG’s new proposals are about. He just says that there are many proposals and they concern some details of the “Prague process.”

    The key reason why the speaker of the Armenian parliament has broken away from the government coalition is his party’s wish to run in the parliamentary and presidential elections, the leader of the Party of Democratic Reforms, MP Asim Mollazade says about the resignation of Armenian Parliament Speaker Artur Bagdassaryan and the crisis in the Armenian government. He says that what is going on in the Armenian government is just preparations for parliamentary and presidential elections. Mollazade can already see the forces who seek to run in the elections, and even acting Armenian President Robert Kocharyan will take part in the race. “The political parties are beginning to fight for the presidential seat. One of the key reasons of Bagdassaryan’s resignation is his wish to run in the elections as opposition,” says Mollazade. He also notes that the Kocharyan government is greatly responsible for no-progress in the Karabakh peace process.

    Commenting on the present situation in Armenia, Azeri political expert Rasim Musabekov says that every time the Armenians have to make some unfavorable decision in the Karabakh peace process, they feign internal tensions to gain time and to evade the decision. What is going on in Armenia now may well be the case; but it may as well be not. “In any case, it has already become a tradition that whenever the talks get unfavorable for the Armenians, they allege internal problems,” says Musabekov.

    Commenting on the Armenian parliament speaker’ joining the opposition, Musabekov says that Kocharyan can hardly be removed now as all Armenia’s force structures are presently controlled by the Kocharyan-Sarkisyan tandem (president and defense minister — REGNUM). He does not expect serious chaos either. “This is a two-way process. People are really sick with the present situation in Armenia and the democratically elected authorities will be forced to search for ways-out. One way-out is to solve problems with Azerbaijan,” says Musabekov. He does not expect that the present tensions in Armenia will result in any changes in the government. “Kocharyan will use its levers to split the former speaker’s party and to preserve the parliamentary majority, which proves that his regime is already getting weak,” says Musabekov. (Trend)

    Well-known political scientist Zardusht Alizade says that the Armenian parliament speaker did not resign on his own will. “I suppose there was some agreement. Perhaps, it was a response to Russia’s pressure, particularly, to the rise in the Russian gas tariff. Armenia wants to show that if Moscow continues its economic pressure, the number of anti-Russian forces in Armenia may grow. This is a game,” says Alizade. He does not think that the present political developments in Armenia will have any influence on the Karabakh peace process. (Trend)

    “Armenia is the US’ second ‘favorite’ after Israel. Since 1992 the US has granted that country almost $1.6 bln,” reports Zerkalo daily. “Now the White House is planning to give Armenia $7 mln more so it can hold democratic parliamentary and presidential elections in 2007-2008. Some sources says that the US has already agreed to grant Armenia $235 mln from the Millennium Challenge fund. This money will be given stage by stage within 5 years and will be spent mostly on construction and restoration of rural roads and improvement of irrigation. The program will cover almost 75% of countrymen. By 2010 their total monthly profit will amount to $36 mln and by 2015 to $113 mln.

    John Evans (US Ambassador to Armenia — REGNUM) says that in order to further enjoy financing Armenia should closely comply with the free marker economy principles. Thus, if before the war of 1973 the US provided Israel with $3 bln a year, this means that each citizen of that country got $500. It would be interesting to know how much of the US tax payers’ money goes into the pockets of people living in Armenia, a country we are at war with.”

    The daily says: "Balancing between Moscow and Washington, they in Yerevan prefer making no much noise about the US assistance so as not to annoy their mighty ally. They get no less from Russia too – in the form of money transfers by Armenian labor migrants to their families. Let alone the financial-economic concessions by the Russian government. All this is the fruits of the “complimentary policy” of the Kocharyan-Sargsyan tandem. Although it’s a big question if they will enjoy these fruits for long. Presently, Armenia’s establishment has split into pro-Western and pro-Russian camps. The question is who will beat who. Both camps are strong. They in Moscow closely follow the pro-Western tendencies in Armenia and react to them from time to time.

    For example, when the Vardan Oskanyan (Armenian FM — REGNUM) spoke about "the priority of Armenia’s relations with NATO, Armenian President Robert Kocharyan said to Golos Armenii right away that Yerevan will not join NATO but will abide by the CIS Collective Security Treaty. Thus, until the present pro-Russian authorities are changed, there will be no enlargement of relations with NATO. Nevertheless, many experts believe that with the quickly changing geo-political situation in the South Caucasus, the parliamentary elections 2007 in Armenia may become the climax of the political struggle between the pro-Western and pro-Russian trends…

    The US’ approach towards Azerbaijan is a bit different. Here it has different priorities: cooperation on security and against terrorism; various energy projects; South-West energy corridor; Trans-Caspian gas projects; democracy development. Obviously, Washington’s interests in Azerbaijan are wider and more serious. All this was pointed out during President Aliyev’s recent visit to Washington, when the White House proclaimed Azerbaijan as its political, economic and even military partner. Asked about Azerbaijan’s involvement in the anti-terror operations in Iraq, Aliyev said that “Azerbaijan will preserve and, if need be, enlarge its presence in Iraq until the operation ends.” In this light, the Washington strategists cannot but see the whole destructive and even provocative nature of Armenia’s foreign policy, which is strongly restricting the White House’s activities in the South Caucasus. So, by increasing their financial assistance they may well be trying to win Armenia over from Moscow… (Zerkalo)

    Around Iran

    “Quite against its will, Azerbaijan is being drawn into very thick of the regional processes, which are not all very safe for it. At the present stage, Baku has been given the role of mediator (mostly veiled) between the US and would-be regional power Iran; but Tehran has not forgiven Baku some of its steps and statements,” says Zerkalo.

    Between the lines of its interview with Jalal Mohammadi, an Iranian expert known for his close terms with the Iranian president, Zerkalo sees quite interesting moments of Iran’s policy on Azerbaijan. The daily notes that they in the West regard Mohammadi’s statements as Tehran’s official stance.

    Excerpts from Mohammadi’s interview to Zerkalo:

    Zerkalo’s sources in Tbilisi confirm the media rumors that Georgia and the US have reached some agreement on the use of Georgia’s Black Sea waters in case of military aggression against Iran. In the US-Iranian conflict Azerbaijan is assigned another role.

    The leader of the Islamic revolution ayatollah Khomeini said in his time that if the US decides to start a war against Iran, it will face an all-round war. For me all-round war means that all sides supporting the aggressor will get their deserts.

    The well-known incident during the 2nd Congress of World Azeris has been followed by some veiled tension between Baku and Tehran. Is Tehran harboring a grudge against Baku?

    A bit earlier, after the exchange of visits by our presidents, there was a positive atmosphere between Tehran and Baku. But the anti-Iranian speeches during the 2nd Congress of World Azeris have shown how shaky Azerbaijan’s Iranian policy is and have given ground for distrust. Iran recognizes Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and the fact of occupation of Nagorno Karabakh, while Baku allows some suspicious people to speak against the territorial integrity of Iran. Such statements allow Armenia and other unfriendly countries to actively undermine our cooperation. Iran’s response to speeches questioning its territorial integrity will become known later

    You mean Israel. But the Jewish lobby supports Azerbaijan in vital issues, particularly, it opposes the Armenian lobby.

    A group of Azeri politicians think that by cooperating with the Jewish lobby and Israel they can effective fight the Armenian lobby. The illusions that the Nagorno Karabakh conflict can be resolved with the help of the Jewish lobby have gone. No single inch of the occupied land has been liberated as a result of the 15-year Baku-Jerusalem cooperation. Obviously, those politicians are not aware of the priorities of the world politics. The Western Empire has two wings: the Armenian and the Jewish lobbies.

    One of the reasons the US has given up the idea of “color revolution” in Azerbaijan is its Iranian policy and the role it gives to Baku in it. Before its serious dialogue with Iran, the White House is afraid to shatter the stable political situation in neighboring Azerbaijan.

    First, Baku has made appropriate conclusions from the Georgian and Ukrainian events and has cleared its government from officials that could support “the colored.” Besides, the Azeri opposition is weak and not popular. Nobody in Azerbaijan supports it except the US Embassy in Baku. However, the US is not as omnipotent as it seems: it has failed to pave the way for “color revolution” in Azerbaijan. Of course, the White House’s motive might also be that Azerbaijan is Iran’s neighbor, that both are Shiah countries, that they have much in common in culture and history.

    The unresolved Nagorno Karabakh conflict is also an obstacle for the White House. That’s probably why the West is in such a hurry to resolve it?

    The West is in a hurry because of the internal problems in Armenia and Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan’s international relations and the geo-political situation. These factors make it even harder to resolve the conflict. One can’s liberate occupied territories at the negotiating table. Of course, war claims lives and causes moral and financial damages. You can’t help it, the world is unfair. Many countries use the Azeri-Armenian conflict in their interests. They try to keep up the status quo and are by no means interested in its resolution. France, Russia and Turkey – all of them want the conflict to go on. Turkey links the Armenian-Azeri conflict with Armenian-Turkish relations and its internal problems. By brandishing the fact of Nagorno Karabakh occupation, Ankara is just trying to prove Armenia’s aggressive policy and to protect itself from the psychological and political pressure of the Armenian lobby who demands that it recognize the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire…

    “Azerbaijan has not yet decided how to act in case of sanctions against Iran,” says Echo. “What should Azerbaijan do if America and most of the world’s civilized countries restrict their cooperation with Iran?” Member of the commission on international issues of the Azeri parliament Akram Aylisli says: “Azerbaijan will not accept such sanctions inasmuch as it is too close to Iran. Azerbaijan must not do that, but politics are politics, if America starts pressuring, we may well acquiesce. Though, we may as well not allow America to pressure us. I think Azerbaijan must do its best to stay neutral in this issue. Neutrality is the only way-out for us. Iran has very ancient statehood traditions. It may forgive America, who is stronger and very far, but it will not forgive us, I am sure it won’t.”

    “Azerbaijan understands that nuclear arms in the hands of Iran are a serious threat for the region, but believes that this problem should be solved by peaceful, political and diplomatic means,” says MP Asim Mollazade. “In this situation our country should act like all international organizations are acting. Azerbaijan is not a big country or super-power, whose decisions may influence the situation. It is for the UN Security Council to decide in political way – to apply sanctions against Iran or not.”

    Deyerler analytical portal’s public opinion poll among 100 public and political figures of Azerbaijan has shown that most of them are against Azerbaijan’s involvement in the anti-Iranian coalition. They main question was: “Should Azerbaijan take part in the anti-Iranian coalition in case of military actions?” The survey was held from May 1st to May 11th 2006. The respondents were to answer: “yes,” “no,” “don’t know.” As a result, 27% said “yes,” 60% “no,” 3% “don’t know” and 10% refused to answer at all.

    Azerbaijan-US

    “Rich in oil and gas, Azerbaijan has great potential for increased energy exports. With Azerbaijan, we (the US — Trend) should continue to assist in opening a southern corridor for oil and gas transit to Europe, but also work with the Azerbaijan government to promote transparency in the energy industry and development of alternatives to oil and gas,” Trend reports Richard G. Lugar, chairman of Foreign Relations Committee of US Senate as saying during the hearing of the nomination of Anne Derse as US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

    “Last August, I traveled to Azerbaijan where I met with President Aliyev. I discussed with him the opportunities and challenges facing his country and urged him to hold free and fair parliamentary elections”, — Lugar said. Lugar also recalled the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Washington. “We had a candid conversation about democracy, the status of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and Azerbaijan’s relations with neighbors, including Russia and Iran. I emphasized that U.S. relations with Azerbaijan have a promising future”, he said.

    “Azerbaijan is located in a tough neighborhood. I commend its efforts to interdict terrorists transiting its territory and to combat indigenous terrorists and terrorist financing”. “After September 11, 2001, Azerbaijan quickly granted overflight rights and intelligence support to the United States and offered the use of its bases for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. It was also among the countries that supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also among the countries that supported Operation Iraqi Freedom”, Lugar said.

    Permanent news address: www.regnum.ru/english/641475.html
    14:29 05/19/2006
    Mamed Suleymanov

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    US Considers Strikes on Iran from Azeri Territory

    11.05.2006 15:58 GMT+04:00
    /PanARMENIAN.Net/ UN former nuclear weapons inspector Scott Ritter stated the US Administration considers strikes upon Iran from the territory of Azerbaijan. In his words, after acquainting oneself with military maps, it will be clear that deploying troops in Azerbaijan is extremely important for the US. «US command is extremely interested in deployment of forces in that South Caucasian country. Why is this important? It is Iran's neighbor. The shortest route to Teheran lies below the Caspian, where the army plans an offensive to,» the expert noted.

    Ritter supposes that the military believe they can fulfill this mission and they plan implementing it. «They got political instructions from the commander-in-chief to fulfill that task. No one should doubt US President, his closest circles and the military prepare to war with Iran,» Scott Ritter emphasized, reports American Patriot.

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    Baku-jeyhan And The Geopolitical Interests (analysis)

    Armen Manvelyan

    12.05.2006 14:20
    "Radiolur" [ArmRadio]

    Mass media report that Turkish Prime Minister Rajab Tayib Erdoghan
    invited US President George Bush to participate in the official
    ceremony of opening Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan pipeline to be held July 13
    at Jeyhan port. The invitation was sent to the White House through
    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    The response of the American side is not known so far. It is noted,
    however, that Washington has promised "to participate in the ceremony
    on the highest possible level."

    It should be noted that still a year ago Baku-Jeyhan pipeline was
    officially opened. Then it was asserted that everything was ready and
    in autumn 2005 the first oil carrier loaded with Azeri oil would leave
    from the port of Jeyhan. Despite the fact that a year has passed from
    that day, Azeri oil has not even reached Jeyhan, which means that it is
    still early to expect entry of oil carriers to this Mediterranean port.

    It should be noted that the pipeline is of great political importance
    for the real owners of it, i.e. Americans, who constructed it
    proceeding primarily from political considerations. In this regard,
    it is important just for the foreign policy of Armenia to correctly
    comprehend and evaluate the political value of the program. We should
    note that both underestimation and overestimation of the project are
    equally dangerous, since it can result in incorrect understanding
    of the political developments in the region and the struggle between
    the heavy powers around these. Speaking about the politicization of
    Baku-Jeyhan, we should first of all understand that the White House
    is interested in the pipeline primarily as an alternative route for
    exporting oil from the Caspian region, which will allow Washington
    to reduce the so-called pipeline dependency on Russia. That is to say
    that directing the oil flows to Baku-Jeyhan from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan
    and later from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the US attains not only
    economic, but also complete political control over these countries.

    >>From the geopolitical perspective Central Asia is of strategic
    importance for official Washington, and Baku-Jeyhan is the means
    through which the US can subject the countries of the region to its
    interests. It should be noted that this region has nothing to offer
    to the world except for oil and gas, therefore domination over this
    branch means control over these countries. Hence, the United States
    conceives Baku-Jeyhan as the most essential factor in the gradually
    strengthening struggle between the US, Russia and China. What is
    the most attractive for the United States in Central Asian region
    is its geopolitical location. It's not a secret that the region
    neighbors four possible rivals of the US, i.e. China, India, Russia and
    Iran. Therefore, considering these countries as possible competitors,
    number one superpower of the world aspires to exert control over
    a region, from where it can threat its potential enemies. In this
    geopolitical game the South Caucasus and the Baku-Jeyhan pipeline
    are mere links to help the US make its control more complete.

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    Peres Warns Iran for Threatening Israel

    Peres Warns Iran for Threatening Israel By LAURIE COPANS, Associated Press Writer
    Tue May 9, 2:10 AM ET



    JERUSALEM - Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres warned Iran that it could be threatened with destruction if it continues to vow to destroy Israel.



    "Be careful with your threats," Peres told Channel 1 TV on Monday. "Those who threaten to destroy are in danger of being destroyed."

    Israel has grown increasingly concerned in recent months by calls from Iran's leader to wipe Israel off the map and Iran's determination to continue its nuclear program. The West believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon and has moved to impose sanctions against the country in the U.N. Security Council. Iran says its enrichment of uranium is meant for peaceful purposes.

    Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, drew unusually stiff criticism from an analyst on Israel's state television, Yoav Limor, for talking of destroying another country.

    "There is a broad consensus that it would have been better if Peres had not said this, especially now," Limor said. "I'm quite sure Israel does not want to find itself in the same insane asylum as (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad."

    Last week, a top Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said Israel would be Iran's first retaliatory target if attacked by the United States. Peres also reacted to that comment with a warning of his own: "Remember that Israel is exceptionally strong and knows how to defend itself."

    Peres did not say Monday who should act against Iran if it continues with its nuclear program, but implied military action should be led by the United States, pointing to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Israeli officials have indicated that Israel would join any international operation against Iran.

    In 1981, Israel launched an air strike to destroy an unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor. Experts have said such a pinpointed strike against Iran would not be possible, because Tehran's nuclear facilities are intentionally dispersed throughout the country, some of them hidden underground.

    Peres urged China and Russia to join Western efforts to impose sanctions on Iran so military action could be avoided. The two countries thus far have been reluctant to back such proposals.

    "We can prevent all of this threat, without weapons, if there will be unity," Peres said.

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    Azeri Paper Says Baku To Join Us-led Attack On Iran

    Yeni Musavat, Baku
    2 May 06

    An Azerbaijani opposition newspaper has said that Azerbaijani
    President Ilham Aliyev has made a commitment during his recent visit
    to Washington to take part in possible attacks on Iran. Yeni Musavat
    quoted an unnamed foreign diplomat as saying that Azerbaijan would be
    certainly involved in possible strikes at Iran but that this was not
    spelt out to prevent any terror or other attacks on Azerbaijan. The
    following is an excerpt from Teymur Turanci's report in Azerbaijani
    newspaper Yeni Musavat on 2 May headlined "Washington secrets" and
    subheaded "Ilham Aliyev's commitments to the USA in Yeni Musavat";
    subheadings have been inserted editorially; ellipses as published
    throughout the text:

    They are overdoing it as if they had no feeling of humbleness or
    responsibility. [Azerbaijani President] Ilham Aliyev's visit to the
    USA has turned into the epic of Koroglu [an epic hero of Azerbaijani
    medieval folklore] that dominates TV screens all day long.

    "Apparently remarkable" meeting

    It is not about disliking someone. With all of its apparent signs the
    visit was indeed remarkable for Ilham Aliyev and his administration:
    his greatest success during his presidency was the meeting with
    Mr Bush. You may also know that Ilham Aliyev has not done anything
    palpable for almost three years. What he can is to hold meetings and
    demonstrate his ability to speak English to foreign leaders.

    [Passage omitted: criticism of praise for the visit]

    So, what is the essence of the Bush-Aliyev summit, which is apparently
    remarkable, and will this meeting be important to Azerbaijan and
    the region? What did the presidents talk about during that meeting
    and the visit in general? Why did Bush remember Ilham Aliyev three
    years later? What kind of commitments did our leader take there on
    Karabakh? Were there any other commitments? Why did Mr Bush pat on
    his [Aliyev's] shoulder and made a "well-done" gesture? What did that
    mean? Generally, does the opposition have behind-the-scenes details
    of the Bush-Aliyev meeting?

    [Passage omitted: Opposition also has details of the visit]

    It has emerged that Ilham Aliyev was strongly criticized at all
    meetings, including the talks with George Bush. He was blamed for
    failing to fulfil the commitments to the USA on democracy and human
    rights and to carry out reforms, as well as for establishing special
    relations with Russia and Iran against the will of the USA. It is
    not accidental that immediately after the meeting with George Bush,
    Azerbaijani ambassador to the USA Hafiz Pasayev told people close to
    him that "the meeting with Bush was abnormal".

    [Passage omitted: media mounted pressure on Aliyev in Washington]

    US terms accepted

    It was demanded that he [Aliyev] make big concessions.

    "Aliyev agreed to everything that the USA demanded he should do. Bush
    would not have patted on his shoulder if the USA had not had everything
    it wanted...," a source told us.

    "This meeting should be viewed in the context of Aliyev's special
    relations with Russia and Iran. Of course, US officials knew that
    Aliyev had received Moscow's instructions before visiting the USA. But
    they explained to him there that decisions had already been made with
    Russia on some global issues, as well as on where his country needed
    to be strategically..."

    The source said that Bush intentionally invited Aliyev to Washington
    at a time when developments were at their peak.

    "It was possible to 'break' him at that time and the USA did so. He
    was invited to the USA at a most desperate time when he was left
    face-to-face with Iran's pressure after three years' of international
    humiliation. Eventually, Ilham Aliyev:

    1. made a commitment to be involved in attacks on Iran;

    2. agreed in principle to the deployment of NATO troops in Azerbaijan
    (on the pretext of protecting the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline
    [carrying oil from the Caspian to world markets through Georgia
    and Turkey]);

    3. wholly agreed to the US plan on Nagornyy Karabakh and accepted all
    the compromises (under this plan, the occupied districts bordering
    Iran are to be returned to Azerbaijan, negotiations are to continue on
    other districts and Baku is to agree to a referendum on the status of
    Nagornyy Karabakh. In other words, Nagornyy Karabakh actually becomes
    a second Armenian state.); and

    4. reaffirmed written commitments to carry out radical democratic
    reforms in his country and administration, purge his team, start
    dialogue with the opposition, observe human rights and release all
    political prisoners."

    We have other details as well, but we will not disclose them for the
    time being. But I must say that Aliyev's brave statement that "I am
    here not to make commitments" has made many suspicious. The muallim
    [form of address] has in fact made a lot of commitments.

    Washington relies on Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan will be certainly involved in [possible] attacks on Iran
    as a party. This is not being spelt out in order not to worry Iran
    and to prevent any terror or other attacks in Azerbaijan. Our source
    said in this regard: "Once the first strikes are launched on Iran and
    its central authorities are paralysed, both Baku, Tbilisi and Ankara
    will have their roles in the ensuing parts of the operation...

    Let us finish our article by our question to the source: "Why does the
    USA have all contacts with Ilham Aliyev, the head of an antidemocratic
    regime, and make him stronger?" [Passage omitted: general remarks]

    Our foreign diplomat replied: "The USA needs airports at this
    stage. Permission to use them is given by Ilham Aliyev..."

    When saying goodbye, our respectable diplomat added a postcript to
    our article.

    "The work conducted with the democratic opposition will be apparent
    immediately after the Iranian operation... I want you to know that the
    USA actually stakes on Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijanis in the person
    of Ilham Aliyev in the upcoming operation. The Azerbaijanis will be the
    main reference force in the Iranian issue. We are talking here about 40
    million people [Azerbaijanis living in Iran and in Azerbaijan proper]."

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    Iran Will Strike First In Case The Usa Uses The Territory Of Azerbaijan

    Yerevan, April 25. ArmInfo. 'American intelligence groups are at work in Azerbaijan against Iran,' stated in on interview to 'Al-Ahram' newspaper, Egypt, Ali Larijani, head of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.

    He stated that the American special services use the territories of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan against Iran. According to him, in case the military actions unfold, Iran may strike a blow at the Baku-Tbilisi-Seyhan oil pipe line and the oil objects of Azerbaijan. This was informed by iran.ru.

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    Open letter to President Bush by an Iranian academic

    http://www.payvand.com/news/06/apr/1165.html

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