Turkey threatens to cut diplomatic ties with France

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Turkish government has reacted angrily to a vote by the French Senate Monday in favour of a proposal to punish those who don’t recognize genocide, including the killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915. Turkey has long opposed international and internal efforts to label the deaths genocide, although it admits half […]

Armenian politics step into Geneva book fair

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Sparks have flown in recent days over the display of Armenia’s version of history at the five-dayInternational Book Fair in Geneva, at Palexpo, which closes its doors today, 3 May. Trend News, a private news agency in Azerbaijan, reports that Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Switzerland, Murad Najafbayli, complained to the Swiss Foreign […]

International sports, football: Swiss team head for South Africa!

Basel, Switzerland(GenevaLunch) – Switzerland qualified for the finals of the 2010 World Cup by finishing top of their group after achieving a 0-0 draw against Israel. Their task was made easier when Yadin was sent off for two yellow cards, leaving the Swiss with an extra man for the final half hour. Overall the game was mediocre […]

Turkish football fans on best behaviour for match with Armenia

Turkish football fans have been asked to be on their best behaviour and show traditional national hospitality during a football World Cup qualifiying match in Bursa, Turkey Wednesday 14 October against long-time rivals Armenia.The match comes less than a week after the two countries restored full diplomatic relations in a ceremony in Zurich, after a […]

Whew, Turkey and Armenia shake hands at last

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Turkey and Armenia have signed the two Protocols that were needed to normalize relations, at the University of Zurich late Saturday 10 October – but only after a last-minute delay when Armenia balked because of a speech the Turkish foreign minister had prepared. Switzerland’s mediators, who have spent over a year […]

Clinton, Lavrov, Kouchner, Zbogar and Solana underscore importance of new Turkey-Armenia relations

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss Foreign Affairs ministry late Friday 9 October confirmed officially that Turkey and Armenia will sign two Protocols, normalizing relations between the two countries, Saturday morning 10 October, in Zurich. Heads of foreign affairs from the US, Russia, France, Slovenia will be attending,  as well as the EU’s secretary-general, underscoring […]

Clinton, Russian minister headed for Zurich to see Armenia, Turkey establish relations

correction 11:45  Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss government is officially mum on whether or not the event will take place, but the US State Department and the Kremlin in Russia have both announced that they are sending top officials to a ceremony in Zurich Saturday 10 October where Armenia and Turkey will formally establish […]

Switzerland helps Turkey, Armenia normalize diplomatic relations, football to follow

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Turkey and Armenia will sign two Protocols to normalize their relations 11 October at a ceremony in Switzerland, but details have not yet been released by the Swiss government, which has acted as mediator in the lengthy process. The Swiss federal government announced 1 September that the two countries had initialed […]

Iranian airliner crashes, killing 168 aboard

A Caspian Airlines plane carrying 168 people crashed, killing all those aboard, about 15 minutes after takeoff, near the Iranian city of Qazvin, Iranian media report. The flight was headed towards neighbouring Armenai. The cause of the crash is not yet clear. The aircraft was a Tupolev Tu-154. Reuters

Turkey and Armenia agree on “framework” for relations, with Swiss mediation

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Turkey and Armenia have “agreed on a comprehensive framework for the normalization of their bilateral relations in a mutually satisfactory manner,” the two note in a brief formal statement issued jointly with Switzerland Thursday morning 23 April. Switzerland has served as mediator for the two countries, which “have been working intensively […]