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Chronology of 2001

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamer KASIM*
Armenian Studies, Issue 4, December 2001 - January-February 2002

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4 January: The Armenian Energy Minister held talks in Tehran for the purchase of Iran’s gas.
8 January: Turkish Parliamentary delegation, led by Bülent Akarcal? went to France to hold contacts regarded with the draft law on so-called genocide on Armenians.
9 January: Russian President Viladimir Putin started his two-day official visit to Azerbaijan.
10 January: The Foreign Affairs Committee of French lower house of parliament, National Assembly approved a bill about so called genocide against Armenians.
15 January: NATO Secretary General George Robertson arrived in Yerevan for a two-day visit.
18 January: The French Parliament adopted a bill, which stated, “France recognizes the Armenian ‘genocide’ of 1915.”
18 January: Turkey recalled its ambassador to France for consultations after the French Parliament adopted a bill recognizing the Armenian genocide allegation.
19 January: Turkish Parliament protested at French Parliament’s genocide vote.
25 January: Armenia and Azerbaijan became full members of the Council of Europe.
25 January: Armenian and Azeri Presidents hold news conference on Karabakh in Strasbourg.
25 January: Armenian terrorist Topalian sentenced to 37 months in prison.
27 January: Britain commemorated its first Holocaust Memorial Day.
29 January: Local authorities in Paris voted to erect a memorial for the so-called genocide of Armenians.


4 February: Foreign Minister of Armenia visited Iran.
12 February: Armenian President Kocharian started his five-day visit to France.
20 February: Armenian Parliament ratified military agreements with Russia.
25 February: A rally held in Turkish city of U?ak to protest massacre of Azeris by Armenians
26 February: The Supreme Court of Nagorno-Karabakh sentenced former Defense Minister of “Nagorno-Karabakh” Samuel Babayan to 14 years in prison.
27 February: Romanian Foreign Minister and Chairman-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe began his three-day tour of the South Caucasus.


3-5 March: Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Armenian President Kocharian met in Paris.
3 March: Armenian “Genocide” monument was opened in French city of Serves.
8-9 March: The head of the military committee of NATO, Admiral Guido Venturoni met with Armenian President Kocharian.
8 March: Greek, Armenian and Iranian Foreign Ministers hold talks in Athens and signed cooperation accord.
9 March: Armenia’s Human Rights Commission Chairman Paruyir Hayrikian requested the annulations of the Kars Treaty of March 16, 1921 and the annexation of Kars, Ardahan and Nakhichevan to Armenia. This declaration caused reactions from the Turkish and the Armenian governments.
10 March: The US state of New Mexico passed a resolution designating 24th of April as so-called Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
12 March: Turkey signed a 15-year agreement with Azerbaijan to buy gas from the Shakh Deniz fields.
12 March: Azerbaijani President Aliyev began his four-day visit to Turkey.
13 March: Swiss Parliament rejected a non-binding resolution, which called on government to recognize Armenian “genocide”.
16 March: Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov and Russian Security Council Secretary Sergey Ivanov in Moscow.
17 March: 17 political parties and 2 public organizations in Azerbaijan participated in the rally under the slogan “No Azerbaijan Without Karabakh!”.
20 March: Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met the US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington D.C.
20 March: Symposium on Turkish-Armenian relations throughout history held in ?zmir.
23-25 March: A conference titled as “The Heavy Burden of History: An Attempt at Armenian-Turkish Dialogue”, was held in Mülheim, Germany.
24 March: California’s state Senate approved a resolution designating 24th of April as California Day of Remembrance for the so-called Armenian Genocide.
27 March: Maryland’s state Senate approved a resolution designating 24th of April as California Day of Remembrance for the so-called Armenian Genocide.
27 March: The US state of Arkansas issued proclamation to recognize 24th of April as the Day of Remembrance for the so-called Armenian Genocide. 


3-6 April: Armenian President Robert Kocharian, Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev met in Key West, Florida.
5 April: Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations met with Minsk group co-chairs in Key West.
9 April: Armenia and Romania signed military cooperation program.
9 April: Armenian President Robert Kocharian, Azerbaijani President Haydar Aliyev met with the US President Bush.
10 April: Armenian President Kocharian and French President Jacques Chirac met in Paris.
14 April: Symposium organized by the Union of Turkish Parliamentarians on ‘Turkish-Armenian Relations Throughout History’ started at the Turkish Parliament.
20 April: The Michigan House of Representatives passed a resolution designating 24th of April as Michigan Day of Remembrance of the so-called Armenian Genocide.
24 April: Armenian terrorist, Varujian Garbisian who convicted of a 1983 bomb attack at Orly airport in Paris, which killed eight people, was freed and deported to Armenia.


4 May: The Russian and Armenian air forces inaugurated a joint air defense system on Armenia’s border with Turkey and Iran.
5 May: A US mediator in peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh arrived in Baku.
5 May: President of Lebanon visited Armenia.
11 May: Armenia and Syria signed bilateral agreements.
16 May: Armenian Defense Minister Sarkisian admitted the Armenian occupation of Azeri lands.
18-20 May: Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group visited Azerbaijan, Armenia and Karabakh.
21 May: German Foreign Minister Joscha Fischer met President of Azerbaijan, Aliyev.
23 May: President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Armenia.
24 May: Leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan came together in Yerevan for CIS Collective Security Council Summit.
28 May: Armenia marked the 83rd anniversary of the first independent republic of Armenia.
31 May: Miramax Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to Ararat movie.
31 May: President of Azerbaijan, Aliyev and President of Armenia, Kocharian met in Minsk.


2 June: The first session of the Armenia-Greece-Iran cooperation committee on the level of deputy ministers for construction and territorial planning was held in Yerevan.
7 June: Armenian President Kocharian visited Belgium.
12 June: Institute for Armenian Research was set up as part of the Center for Eurasian Strategic Studies (ASAM) in Ankara.
14 June: The US House of Representative Members, Knollenberg, Crowley, Pallone and Sweeney had submitted a draft resolution in which they stated that US should not fund any pipeline project in South Caucasus.
21 June: President of Azerbaijan, Aliyev and Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Guliyev discussed Karabakh problem with OSCE Secretary-General Jan Kubis.
22-24 June: OSCE, Minsk Group co-chairmen discussed prospect for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Malta.


1-10 July: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs visited Yerevan, Baku and Stepanakert.
9 July: Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission was formed in Geneva.
11 July: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs issued a common declaration in which neither peace nor war situation was described as dangerous.
20 July: Ilya Klebnov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation went to Armenia for two-day working visit.
31 July: Ten political parties in Armenia condemned the establishment of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission with a joint statement.


1 August: President of Azerbaijan, Aliyev and President of Armenia, Kocharian met during the CIS Summit in Sochi.
14 August: Armenia-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group was formed.
28 August: Armenia and Syria signed military cooperation agreement.
29 August: Armenian Foreign Minister Oskanian visited Yugoslavia.


5 September: Despite the pleas of several international organizations, local government elections took place in the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
8 September: Turkish-Armenian and Azeri journalists met in Yerevan.
13 September: Russian Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov arrived Armenia for an official visit.
14 September: Swiss court cleared prominent Turkish Organizations of charges that they violated racial discrimination laws by disputing so called Armenian genocide.
14-17 September: Russian President Viladimir Putin had official visit to Armenia.
16 September: Armenian National Committee of America criticized the US government for its involvement of the Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission.
16 September: As a response of Armenians’ petition demanding the German Parliaments’ recognition of so-called Armenian genocide, the Commission for Petitions decided that this was not a matter that the Parliament could deal with and that the sensitivity of Turkey should be taken into consideration.
20 September: Defense Minister of Greek Cyprus, Sokrates Hesikos went to Armenia for three-day official visit.
20-23 September: 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Armenia was celebrated.
21 September: The 10th anniversary of the independence of Armenia was celebrated in Yerevan.
23-25 September: Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission held its second meeting in Istanbul.
24 September: Russian-Armenian Inter-Parliamentary Commission met in Yerevan.
25-27 September: Pope Jean Paul II visited Armenia.


1 October: Defense Minister of Azerbaijan, Sefer Ebiyev came to Turkey for three-day visit.
2 October: Russian Chief of Staff visited Armenia.
23 October: President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze began a two-day official visit to Armenia.
25 October: The US Senate decided to make some changes in Freedom Support Act Section 907.
26 October: A demonstration, in which the resignation of Armenian President Kocharian was demanded, held in Yerevan.
31 October: Romanian President, Ion Iliesku visited Armenia.


4-5 November: Bartholomeos, the Greek Patriarch of Istanbul visited Armenia.
4-6 November: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs visited Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
8 November: Turkish-Armenian-Azerbaijani journalistic cooperation protocols signed.
13 November: two-day trilateral conference involving Iran, Armenia and Greece held in Tehran.
14 November: President of Poland, Alexander Kwasniewski visited Armenia.
18-21 November: Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission held its third meeting in New York.
27-28 November: International Turkish-Armenian History and Culture Symposium was held in Ankara.


11 December: Armenian members of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission withdrew from the Commission with a joint declaration.
18 December: Russian President Putin and Armenian President Kocharian met in Moscow.
19 December: Armenian President Kocharian visited Japan.
25 December: Armenian President Kocharian visited Iran.

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- Armenian Studies, Issue 4, December 2001 - January-February 2002
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