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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for March 15- 31
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The head of the Council of Europe office in Baku, Konstantin Erokostopoulos issued a statement indicating that the Council of Europe stands for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with the norms and principles of international law, on the basis of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.
The meetings held in Baku with representatives of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), discussed the issue of airport construction in the town of Khojaly. The statement came from spokesman for Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) Maharram Safarli. According to him, ECAC reported that the construction of the facility in the occupied Azerbaijani territories was illegal.
US State Department Spokesman on Iran Alan Air mentioned that Iran should not destabilize and slow down development of region in response to question about how Iran uses occupied territories of Azerbaijan by Armenia for illegal activity.
The article is the interview of News.Az with Laurence Broers, Caucasus Programme Projects Manager, Conciliation Resources. Broers discusses the role of reelection of Putin as Russian President in the Nagorno Karabakh negotiations and states that departure of Medvedev is a step back for the conflict as Putin does not have as much interest in advancing the process. Broers also emphasizes that two sides – Armenia and Azerbaijan has the biggest role in resolution of the conflict.
Article discusses the meeting of Azerbaijani Ambassador Tural Rzayev to Kuwait with the Speaker of the Parliament of Kuwait Ahmed Abdulaziz al-Sadun. At the meeting the Speaker emphasized the friendly relations between two nations and expressed support for the position of Azerbaijan and its territorial integrity in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
This article summarizes the interview of radio free liberty with OSCE US Co Chair Robert Bradtke. The highlights of the interview include his statements about the importance of people-to-people dialogue. In addition, he mentioned that sides are closer to agreement than they think and that US, France and Russia are working closely on resolving the conflict.
The foreign ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Foreign Minister of France Alain Juppé, issued the following statement calling upon sides to demonstrate the political will needed to achieve a lasting and peaceful settlement.
Radio Free Europe Azerbaijan
The United States, Russia, and France are urging Azerbaijan and Armenia to show the “political will needed to achieve a lasting and peaceful settlement” to their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe made the call on March 22 to mark the 20th anniversary of the formal request to convene a conference on the conflict.
The three co-chairs of the Minsk Group urge the leaders of both sides “to prepare their populations for peace, not war.”
The article discusses the view of political analysts from Azerbaijan and Armenia about the role of OSCE Minsk Group in resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Rasim Musabeyov of Azerbaijan states that even though OSCE Minsk Group was not effective it is unfair to blame them for not resolving such difficult conflict. He sees role of Russia as key for progress in the peace process. Alik Iskandaryan, head of National and Strategic Research Center in Yerevan stated that he does not belive this Group can solve such complicated conflict.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan proposed to activate Nagorno-Karabakh negotiations during a meeting with US President Barack Obama reported Turkish newspaper HaberTurk. Erdogan stated that Turkey is ready to move forward and also thinks that Russia, US and France should support the activization of the process as well.
This article reviews the statements by the officials of Russian Foreign Ministry Aleksandr Lukashevich who made a statement on the 20th Anniversary of OSCE Minsk Group establishment. On a televised interview he stated that the co-chairs are working intensively and constructively for resolution of the conflict.
This article discusses the statement of official of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elman Abdullayev on the lack of concrete actions by the Armenian side towards resolution of the conflict. Abdullayev also emphasized that the key to the prosperity and the development of Caucasus region is in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The article describes the exchange of statements which took place between Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents at the Seoul Summit on Nuclear Security. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev discussed the danger of outdated nuclear plant in Armenia and the threat it poses to the region. President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on his turn responded to the statement of Aliyev and in addition to discussing the measures taken for the nuclear security in Armenia accused Azerbaijan of disinformation about Armenia.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a meeting with President Barack Obama, has suggested that Turkey and the OSCE Minsk Group join efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
March 28, 2012
This article summarizes interview with Richard Giragosian, head of Regional Research Center who considers Lavrov’s visit not influential in Nagorno-Karabakh issue. The post election visit of Lavrov according to Mr. Giragosian has more purpose of establishing influence with Azerbaijan and discussing general collaboration matters than focusing on Nagorno-Karabakh issue.
March 29, 2012
The article describes and quotes interview with the former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryze. According to Bryza, the conflict can be solved if 5-6 conditions are satisfied. He also stated that while this is a big political risk, Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents can solve the conflict if they commit to it and trust each other.
The Center for Research on Aliyev Heritage published a book called “Historical Azerbaijani States” in Azerbaijani, English as well as Ukrainian, Georgian, and Moldavan languages.
In the eve of anniversary of March 31 – Day of Genocide against Azerbaijanis, the historian Dr. Solmaz Rustamova-Tokhidi with support from Ministry of National Security published a book and photo album named “1918: Mass Murders of Azerbaijanis in Photos and Documents”.
The article summarizes highlights from expectations from the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov to Azerbaijan to Azerbaijan. According to Ali Hasanov, Head of Political-Social Department at the President’s Administration in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan expects a lot from Russia in resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Russia according to Hasanov can have the biggest impact on this conflict. Hasanov also said that this statement is made based on understanding of how much influence and pressure Russian can exert over Armenia.
March 30, 2011
This article discusses the statement by the Embassy of Georgia in Azerbaijan and the Georgian Foreign Ministry about Georgia’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and does not recognize the elections to local self-governing structures in Nagorno-Karabakh. Georgia also expressed its support for peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The article discusses the arms import by Azerbaijan in 2011 and its implications for the possible scenario of war outbreak with Armenia. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – Azerbaijan doubled its arms import between 2010-2011 and is not on 38th place on the ranking of the organization. Comparatively Armenia is only on the 84th place.
March 31, 2011
Press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told APA that the units of Armenian armed forces fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Army in Alibeyli village and nameless heights of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz region and in Kamarli village of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh region from the positions in Mososgekh village and nameless heights of Armenia’s Berd region and Berdavan village of Armenia’s Noyenberyan region at 15.30-15.40, 16.45-16.55 on March 30, at 06.22-06.25 on March 31.
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