IRAN SAYS NEW SANCTIONS CAN AFFECT TALKS
- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has reiterated Tehran's readiness to continue the talks and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"Once again, we announced our readiness to continue negotiations and collaboration with the agency," Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters Tuesday, April 24, when commenting on Iran's latest communication with the agency, Press TV reports.
"We have always been ready to have closer cooperation with the agency and have proved this in practice as we have had the most [extensive] collaboration with the body," he said.
The official expressed hope that "Iran would fully enjoy the right to peaceful nuclear energy in return for the country's commitment to its international obligations."
Mehmanparast also said Tehran has a positive approach to the upcoming round of talks with the P5+1 - the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on May 23, and expressed optimism that the next round of the negotiations will be fruitful and guarantee the rights of the Iranian nation.
He further argued that any sanction by the West could seriously affect the atmosphere of the upcoming talks, and noted, "We consider any sanction measure as a wrong and negative step; however, we regard a removal of the illegal and unreasonable embargoes as the right approach for rectifying the previous mistakes."
Iran and the P5+1 wrapped up their latest negotiations in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14, hailing the talks as "constructive."
- 775 Battle of Ardzni (Bagrevand).
- 1877 Tsar Alexander the Second starts the Russian-Turkish War in the Balkans and on the territory of ancient Armenia. The war ended with the victory of Russia.
- 1910 Death of Armenian writer Victoria Azanoor (Pompili). She wrote in Italian. Her books were translated into Armenian by Father Arsen Ghazikian.
- 1915 The arrest, exile and murder of the Armenian intellectuals (about 800) of Constantinople. The Turks start the implementation of their state plan for the Armenian Genocide. About one million Armenians are killed.
- 1937 The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia decides to dissolve the Committee of the Transcaucasian Countries.
- 1965 The Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide took place in about 25 countries out of respect for the memory of the innocent victims. A monument was unveiled in the Main Cathedral of Echmiadsin. The monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide in Montebello, California.
- 1968 The World Congress of Peace Movements, with the participation of organizations from 64 countries and of 16 international organizations, commemorated the Armenian Genocide.
- 1973 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Marseilles, France.
- 1975 Opening of monuments commemorating the memory of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. They were in Bikfaya (Lebanon), Athens (Greece) and Milan (Italy).
- 1978 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Lyon, France.
- 1984 A monument to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was placed in Alfortville, near Paris.
- 1987 An Armenian stone-cross dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide is unveiled in Stuttgart, Germany.
- 1989 A monument dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide was unveiled in Sydney, Australia.
- 1990 President Bush issued a news release calling on all Americans to join with Armenians on April 24 in commemorating "the more than a million Armenian people who were victims".
- 1994 President Clinton issued a news release on April 24, to commemorate the "tragedy" that befell the Armenians in 1915.