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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for March 1- 15
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State Department: US continues to help find peaceful settlement to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [AZE]
According to the article Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs said at the conference “The United States and Europe: Meeting Global Challenges” that US continues to help find a lasting, peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “We have continued our high-level engagement in the Minsk Group to help find a lasting, peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he said.
Azerbaijani parliament: OSCE Minsk Group should move to concrete actions [ENG]
According to the article, First Deputy Speaker of Azerbaijani Parliament Ziyafat Asgarov urged the OSCE Minsk Group on resolving Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to move to actions saying that if the co-chairs are interested in the solution of the conflict, then they need to exert influence on Armenia to make it more constructive.
OSCE MG co-chairs to visit Azerbaijan next week [AZE]
The article says that co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group will arrive in Azerbaijan from Armenia on March 5 within their planned visit to the region. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at a news conference that the co-chairs will have talks with the Azerbaijan’s leadership.
Azerbaijani FM: Armenian position prevents achieving progress in negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh [AZE]
The article says that Armenia’s unconstructive position prevents achieving a progress in negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said, that “Despite the OSCE Minsk Group’s efforts, we cannot make progress,” Mammadyarov said addressing the Third Forum of the OIC member countries’ “Think Tanks”. He underlined that the co-chair countries presented new basic principles that Azerbaijan accepted as a good basis to achieve a peace agreement that will lead to great stability and a progress in the negotiation process. However, he said Armenia refused to accept the updated principles, which blocks the achievement of a progress in the negotiations.
Iran is interested in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict [AZE]
According to the article, Iran is interested in resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno Karabakh peacefully. Head of Institute for Political and International Studies under the Iranian Foreign Ministry Mostafa Dolatyar told journalists in Baku that Iran supports Azerbaijan’s position in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict adding that Iran is ready to be a mediator in the negotiations.
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Yerevan [AZE]
The article says that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has received the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs Robert Bradtke, Igor Popov, Jacques Faure and personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement. During the meeting, the senior officials talked about the ways of implementing the joint declaration of the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia, made in Sochi on January 23.
Azerbaijani soldier hits mine [AZE]
According to the article, Azerbaijani Lieutenant, 24-year-old Gurban Huseynov lost his leg as a result of mine explosion on the frontline in the Gulustan village of Goranboy region on March 2. The officer was hospitalized. His health state is stable.
EU can contribute to Karabakh conflict resolution, top official says [ENG]
The article says that EU might contribute to the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov expressed his believes in EU being more actively involved in the settlement process. He also urged the OSCE Minsk Group to make more efforts to resolve the conflict.
Two Azerbaijani soldiers killed [AZE]
The article says that on the night of March 3 as a result of the violation of the ceasefire by Armenian Armed Forces Azerbaijani soldier Vugar Dibilov, born in 1993, and Seidali Shidaliev, born in 1992, were shot dead.
Azerbaijani President says Armenian leadership must approach Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the light of reality [ENG]
The article says that Azerbaijan does not see the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict outside the international law. In an interview with Turkish TRT TV channel Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that Armenia should abandon its position and help the two countries reach peaceful solution of the conflict. He also said that there is a wrong idea that exists in Armenia according to which, generations will change, younger generation, who have never been to Karabakh and who will not want to return back to Karabakh, will grow up. “This is absolutely wrong approach”, President Aliyev said adding that perhaps, for Armenians it is about peculiarity, but Azerbaijani people have a historical memory- any young person from Karabakh, born in Baku and who lived in a tent city, dreams of returning back to Karabakh. “Karabakh will never be forgotten, never! Therefore, sooner or later, we will restore our territorial integrity. I have no doubt about it. I just want it to happen as soon as possible and, if possible, without bloodshed,” President Aliyev reiterated.
Azerbaijani journalists to visit Karabakh [ENG]
The article says that a group consisting of 15 Azerbaijani journalists will visit Nagorno-Karabakh on 4 March, chairman of the Union of Parliamentary Journalists Elshad Eyvazli said. The information about the visit will be publicized after its completion, according to Eyvazli.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation not ‘right format’ for Karabakh issue [ENG]
News.Az interviews Joshua W. Walker, Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Walker says the OIC has done a very good job in bringing Muslim countries together to have discussions on cultural and similar civilization dialogue. However, he thinks, it’s not the right platform for geopolitical discussions adding that just because a country is Muslim it does not determine one’s view.
Armenians commit arson on occupied lands [ENG]
The article says that Armenian Armed Forces again committed arsons in the occupied Azerbaijani territories. Armenian Forces started a fire in the mountainous areas of Khojavend region, APA reports. Azerbaijani parliamentarians Fuad Muradov, Rovshan Rzayev and the representatives of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno Karabakh observed the arsons on March 4.
Damage from Armenian occupation to Azerbaijan tops $430bn [ENG]
The article says that a book named ‘Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan and grave results of the occupation’ was published. The book written by Chairman of Association for Civil Society Development in Azerbaijan (AVCIYA) reports Armenia’s occupation caused more than USD 431 bn damage to Azerbaijan.
OSCE MG presents plan for Nagorno-Karabakh conflict comprehensive peace settlement [AZE]
The article says that co-chairs presented a plan for the sides to put into action the joint statement made by Presidents Medvedev, Aliyev, and Sargsyan on January 23 in Sochi. They proposed to assist the sides to further their efforts on the framework for a comprehensive peace settlement. The Co-Chairs also discussed with the sides how to implement commitments in the Sochi statement to continue work on a mechanism to investigate incidents along the frontlines.
Moreover, the co-chairs discussed humanitarian and people-to-people contacts, which should be used to promote mutual understanding among the communities.
Azerbaijani FM discusses Nagorno Karabakh with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen [AZE]
The article says that Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its prospects with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen in Baku.
Putin will ‘break closed circle’ on Karabakh [ENG]
News.az interviews independent MP Elmira Akhundova, a member of the working group on Azerbaijan-Russia inter-parliamentary ties and of the delegation to the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. “The Russian leadership is trying to assert a positive influence on the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. Putin will try to contribute to the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. And I think that Putin will have greater success than his predecessor Dmitriy Medvedev,” said Akhundaova adding, that “Putin will break the closed circle on Karabakh. Many people say that the keys to the Karabakh conflict settlement are in Moscow. This is not completely true, but it is half true. If Putin puts in more effort, I think there will be a breakthrough in a settlement.”
Armenians violate ceasefire [ENG]
The article says that Armenian Armed Forces have again violated ceasefire in Agdam, Gazakh and Terter directions. The statement came from the news service for the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan. No casualties were reported.
EU hopes to find swift solution to Nagorno Karabakh conflict [ENG]
The article says that EU hopes to find a quick solution to Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Roland Kobia said at a press conference in Baku that EU Azerbaijani delegation work on new initiatives to support OSCE Minsk group.
EU seeks more active role in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [ENG]
The article says that special attention was not paid to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue at a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Four (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) and the member-countries of the EU program in Prague. European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule said in an interview with radio station Azatutyun that the EU must take steps to strengthen the confidence
Tractor hits mine on contact line [ENG]
The article says that a tractor hit a mine in Agdam region of Azerbaijan. APA reports that the tractor driven by the resident of Agdam region Bayramov Rovshan hit a mine during husbandry work in Mirashelli village near the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops. Bayramov was injured and taken to the region’s central hospital. Doctors said the wounds didn’t threaten his life.
Tension at contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops remains [ENG]
The article says that the tension at the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian forces remains alive. Armenian Armed Forces opened automatic and machine-gun fire on Azerbaijani positions located in the village Agbulag of Tovuz region, from Chinarli village of Armenian Berd region on March 9 from 10:15 to 10:20 and from 11:50 to 11:55. Automatic and machine-gun fire on Azerbaijani positions was also opened from 1:50 to 2:10 on March 10 from positions near the villages Asagi Veyselli and Asagi Seidahmedli of Fizuli region, press service of Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan told Trend.
Karabakh conflict to settle through intense international pressure – ICG [ENG]
Quoting an expert from the International Crisis Group, the article says that conflicting sides may reach compromises and thus reach peace only through increased international pressure. In an article published in the New York Times, Lawrence Scott Sheets says the status quo in the conflict is not an option. The conflicting sides may reach compromises and thus reach peace only through increased international pressure. Otherwise, another round of more intense violence will erupt, with inclusion of states with greater role in the region, Voice of Armenia quotes Sheets.
Baku hopes Russia will make more efforts for Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution [AZE]
The article says that Baku hopes that Russia will make more efforts for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and will make them more efficient. Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov said that if Russia will not be active in this matter, neither the OSCE nor its Minsk Group, nor other international organizations can achieve serious progress in this sphere.” He underlined that Russia has significant leverage over so that may turn it to a constructive course exerting significant pressure on Armenia.
Turkish vice prime minister: Nagorno Karabakh is an occupied territory of Azerbaijani and Turkish land [AZE]
Turkish Vice Premier Bekir Bozdag paying a visit to Baku said that Nagorno Karabakh is Azerbaijani and Turkish land occupied by Armenia. He stressed that Turkey provides full support to Azerbaijan in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, adding that the normalization of Armenian-Turkish ties depends on the resolution of the Karabakh problem.
Turkic diaspora is working to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [AZE]
The article says that all of the diaspora of Turkic-speaking countries are working together for a just resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the head of the department of foreign affairs of the Turks in the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkey, Kemal Yurtnach told Trend on Tuesday. As for the opening of Turkish-Armenian border, Yurtnach noted that Turkey will not open the border until the Azerbaijani lands are occupied.
OSCE, UN, Russia to continue efforts for Karabakh resolution [ENG]
The article says that the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is not a simple process. Russia is continuing its mediation towards the resolution of the conflict. OSCE, which is engaged in the resolution of the conflict, UN, as well as Russia will continue efforts towards the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The main thing is to achieve peaceful resolution of the conflict,’ chairperson of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matvienko said at the briefing, APA reports.
Eurovision should not be politicized – foreign minister [ENG]
In the article, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has said in an interview to Germany’s Die Welt newspaper that the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Baku in May, should not be politicized. He dismissed criticism that the opposition and journalists were unable to work freely in Azerbaijan.
Armenians violate ceasefire [ENG]
The article says that divisions of the Armenian Armed Forces have again violated ceasefire in the frontline. Press service of the Defense Ministry told APA that it was silenced by retaliation fire.
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