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Digest of Armenian Media for April 15- 30
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Azerbaijani film festival postponed in Vanadzor [ENG]
This article says that the Caucasus Center of Peacemaking Initiatives said in a statement that its efforts to organize an Azerbaijani film festival in Armenia meet resistance and pressure and therefore the screening of those films in Armenia’s third largest city of Vanadzor is being postponed. The event had been earlier boycotted in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri after an active protest backed by local self-government body.
Returning Karabakh is no solution [ARM]
This article says that unlike previous election campaigns, the Armenian political parties somehow avoid the topic of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in their election platforms. The author raises a question, asking is that Armenia that has changed, or is it the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that fallen into oblivion. The author also mentions that one thing is clear: the society has changed and it will be hard to divert its attention from current social problems to the Karabakh conflict.
Armenian, German ministers speak about Karabakh peace process [ENG]
This article says that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian received Germany’s Minister of State Cornelia Pieper and discussed, among other things, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Armenian FM briefed her on the current stage of the peace talks over Nagorno-Karabakh.
War between Armenia and Azerbaijan beneficial for the third state – Lithuanian official [ENG]
According to this article, member of European Parliament and ex-President of Lithuania Vytautas Landsbergis said that there are powers that prompt Azerbaijan to war, adding that Baku should realize it and settle the Karabakh conflict fairly and peacefully. Landsbergis also said that that Azerbaijan should not repeat Georgia’s mistake and should be patient, take calm steps, strengthen relations with international organizations and regularly inform them about the Karabakh conflict in detail. “In case war breaks out between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the third state will gain profit,” he said.
No alternative to Karabakh’s international recognition – Eduard Sharmazanov [ENG]
This article say that Deputy Chairperson of Armenia’s National Assembly, Eduard Sharmazanov, said in response to a statement by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev that there is no alternative to the international recognition of Nagorno Karabakh. “First of all, Azerbaijan must stop the arms race and the military rhetoric. Secondly, it should prepare its society for peace rather than for war,” said Sharmazanov, responding to Aliyev who had earlier said that one day the national flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan will be erected in Stepanakert and Shushi.
Karabakh peace process to achieve success only without extreme demands and illusions – former envoy [ENG]
According to this article, OSCE Minsk Group former co-chair, Ambassador Vladimir Kazimirov said that the Madrid Principles may serve as the basis for settling the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. He also said that it is necessary to put an end to extreme demands and illusions, “especially from the Azerbaijani side,” Kazimirov also said that lots of versions were offered to the sides for last 20 years, at the same time mediators should not yield to the whims of the sides.
Armenia not ready for revolution in Azerbaijan [ARM]
Armenian military expert Richard Giragosian said that Armenia’s National Security Council is not operating properly, adding that Armenia has no specific agenda should there be a revolution in Azerbaijan. “We are not ready, should there be revolution in Azerbaijan. I don’t see that Armenia has a ready-made strategy,” said he, adding that this is a lack of leadership.
One day Azerbaijan will run short of oil, while Karabakhi people’s will is endless – [ARM]
According to this article, Deputy Chairperson of Armenia’s National Assembly said at a meeting with Irish journalist Daniel McLaughlin that one day Azerbaijan will have already depleted its oil resources, adding that the will of the people in Nagorno Karabakh is endless. He also said that the people in Nagorno Karabakh have already self-determined, Nagorno Karabakh is an independent state and that there is no alternative to Karabakh’s independence.
Military expert says Azerbaijan provoking instability on the eve of elections [ARM]
This article says that Armenian military expert Artur Petrosyan said that in pre- and post-election phases in Armenia, Azerbaijan has always been carrying out provocative steps aimed to create atmosphere of panic, desperation and instability in the country, military expert said.“Azerbaijan is aimed at provoking instability in Armenia while the country is hosting vital elections processes,” Artur Petrosyan said. The expert mentioned that on the threshold of every elections Azerbaijan did something and in this phase also they can undertake certain measures.
In Baku the reports of the European Parliament are deemed as great achievements [ARM]
According to this article, officials in Baku said they consider that reports adopted by the European Parliament that will be implemented in relation to Armenia and Azerbaijan within the Association Agreement, was a significant achievement for Baku’s diplomacy in terms of restoring Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, even though they are non-binding. Other said that those reports were a moral victory for Azerbaijan.
Ter-Petrosyan criticizes Madrid Principles [ARM]
This article says that leader of the opposition block Armenian National Congress and Armenia’s first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan criticized the Madrid Principles meant for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, adding that if the opposition block comes to power, it will change them “significantly”. Speaking at a rally in Yerevan, he also said that the reference to both territorial integrity and people’s right to self-determination is a diplomatic trick by the mediators under the guise of returning Karabakh to Azerbaijan under autonomy.
PACE head to hold meetings with Armenian and Azerbaijani delegations [ENG]
This article says that President of the PACE bureau, Jean-Claude Mignion said that the bureau has not yet made decision on resumption of a sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh. He said that plans to hold meetings with the heads of Armenian and Azerbaijani delegations “to enter into an intelligent dialogue” to discuss further actions. Jean-Claude Mignon also said he would hold a meeting with the French representative of the OSCE Minsk Group to see how the process is developing.
Azerbaijani side opens fire on Tavush region, Dovegh village’s kinder-garten, school evacuated [ENG]
This article says that Azerbaijani front troops opened fire at the direction of Dovegh village in Armenia’s north-eastern province of Tavush, prompting the evacuation of the local kindergarten and school. It also says that the irregular fire damaged a car belonging to a local resident. No casualties were reported.
Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be solved in a peaceful way – Ilham Aliyev [ENG]
According to this news article, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with the Korean magazine Diplomacy that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible to solve only in a peaceful way on the basis of international rights – within the framework of the Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. He also referred to the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group and noted that the co-chairing countries have so far mediated a number of meetings with the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Expert warns of threat of new Armenian massacre [ENG]
According to this article, Armenian military expert David Jamalyan said that Azerbaijan’s “aggressive policy is actually a threat of a new Armenian massacre”. In contrast to 1915, however, Armenia has an efficient army, he added. According to him, the May 9 military parade in Nagorno-Karabakh will show the army’s efficiency. “This is an aggression against Armenia. The Armenian army is only retaliating now. But if the things go on like this, we have all the reasons to neutralize the fire,” Jamalyan said.
Azerbaijan changes its ceasefire violation tactics – military expert [ENG]
In this article, Armenian military expert David Jamalyan said that the recent violations of ceasefire regime by Azerbaijani side show the change of tactics targeting common citizens. “Azerbaijan has changed its tactics directing its aggression against civil society. It gives us a room for thought,” Jamalyan said at a news conference. He stressed that shooting in Dovegh village of Tavush province targeted the kindergarten. It is an aggression and not a caprice of a soldier standing in army base, he added.
OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs release statement [ENG]
This article says that the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement in which they said that they “are deeply concerned by recent reports of a series of ceasefire violations along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border and the Line of Contact that resulted in a number of deaths and casualties”. “Such senseless acts violate the commitment of the parties to refrain from the use of force and to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and contradict the spirit of the January 23, 2012, joint statement of Presidents Aliyev and Sargsian,” read their statement.
Azerbaijani will continue provocations [ENG]
Karabakh war participant Manvel Yeghiazaryan said that as long as Azerbaijan is sure of its victory, it will “continue provocations instead of launching real military actions”. Armenians generally, and politicians in particularly, should show solidarity in response to such hostile actions. “If Azerbaijan was sure in its victory, it would have launched military actions long ago, taking revenge. However, it would never see victory, I assure,” Yeghiazaryan said.
Azerbaijan ignores international community’s opinion – opinion [ARM]
According to this news item, Armenian political analyst Narek Galstyan said that Azerbaijan ignores the international opinion and pointed at the fact that the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev called Armenians fascists at a Euronest session in Baku. He also said that no other president could have behaved that way. Narek Galstyan further reminded that the Armenians organized a proper reception for Azerbaijan’s spiritual leader when he visited Armenia earlier.
Only restraining force for Azerbaijan’ aggression is the Armenian army – Narek Galstyan [ARM]
According to this article, Armenian political analyst Narek Galstyan said that the only force that “restrains Azberaijan’s aggressive policy” is the Armenian army, and that the international community does not play a significant role. He also said that the recent statement by the OSCE Minsk Group was quite a soft one. Further, he said the international community does not have any mechanisms yet to restrain Azerbaijan’s “aggressive policy”.
Turkey has nothing to do with the NK conflict – Serzh Sargsyan [ARM]
According to this article, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said at a campaign visit to Armenia’s second-largest city of Gyumri that Turkey has nothing to do with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also said that Armenia condemns Turkey’s rejection that the massacres of Armenians in early 20th century in the Ottoman Turkey constituted genocide.
Iran is ready to mediate NK talks [ARM]
According to this news article, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said at a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Tehran that Iran is ready to assume the role of a mediator in the talks aimed at resolving the Karabakh conflict. He also said that Tehran expects a peaceful settlement to the conflict. “We have our own interests in the region, therefore, we are seeking for peace in the region,” Salehi was quoted as saying.
OSCE representatives visit Armenia’s area where Azerbaijan attacked [ENG]
This article says that OSCE representatives visited the place where the Azerbaijani army units had allegedly attacked the vehicle of Armenian military servicemen, killing three of them. The OSCE Chairman-in-Office field assistants Hristo Hristov and Irji Aberle inspected the scene of the incident, and subsequently the aforementioned vehicle kept at a Military Police department. The Armenian MOD representatives informed the field assistants that the attack was preceded by the flights of an Azerbaijani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the MOD informed.
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