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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for May 1-14
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Azerbaijani State Commission clarifies transfer of Armenian POWs to a third country [AZE]
The article says that Azerbaijan’s State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons said they did not want to return home and would prefer to be sent to a third country. Azerbaijani Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees refused to disclose any information about individuals, although transferring of POWs to a third country is under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner.
Top official: Azerbaijan may rethink its pro- Western stance due to lack of support in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [AZE]
The article says that Azerbaijan may rethink its pro- Western stance and realign with “a new bloc” if it doesn’t get more support, particularly in its conflict with neighboring Armenia. Bloomberg BusinessWeek has reported that head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov said, “The Caspian Sea nation wants Europe and the U.S. to pressure Armenia into pulling out of Azeri districts adjacent to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region,” Mammadov said adding “Azerbaijan is the only secular Muslim nation in the world that’s tied its destiny with the West.”
Azerbaijani deputy parliamentary chairman: Murderers of women and children are in power in Armenia [AZE]
The article says that the Azerbaijani parliament has discussed issues related to the twentieth anniversary of the Armenian occupation of Shusha. Deputy Chairman Bahar Muradova, noting that Shusha has been for two decades under the Armenian occupation, said she speaks not like a politician, but as an individual, exiled from native land. Commenting on the double standards international community is applying onto the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Muradova said that killers of our women and children at this time are in power in Armenia. She also noted that Azerbaijan itself could solve its problems but some forces do not necessarily like it.
Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh: Shusha people will return their land peacefully or militarily [AZE]
Armenians must know that the people of Shusha will return their lands either peacefully or by force, chairman of the public association ‘Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh’, head of Shusha regional executive power Bayram Safarov told Trend. He stressed that an action plan has been prepared in connection with the 20th anniversary of Shusha having been occupied by Armenia.
Rulling party: Azerbaijan has enough power and ability to liberate its lands [AZE]
If Armenia does not liberate the occupied Azerbaijani territories, then the Azerbaijani people and state have enough power, ability and will to liberate its land and restore historical justice, Ruling New Azerbaijan Party deputy chairman and executive secretary Ali Ahmedov told journalists on Thursday. He said nobody asked Armenia and its government to occupy Azerbaijani territories by shedding blood.
EU experts not upbeat about Karabakh settlement in next ten years [ENG]
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will unlikely be settled in the next ten years, report “Global tendencies 2030″ of EU experts says. The report has been carried out with the financial assistance of the EU and aims to define problems and security challenges in coming years.
The experts have inferred that Armenia and Azerbaijan should deepen relations with the EU and Armenian-Turkish relations should be normalized in order to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Dialogue between Azerbaijanis and Armenians of Nagorno -Karabakh could become a tool for settlement [AZE]
The failure to include establishing a dialogue between the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno Karabakh in the European Parliament resolution is a reason why the conflict is still unresolved, Center of Political Innovations and Technologies Director Mubariz Ahmedoglu told Trend on Friday. “The dialogue between the communities could become a tool with which it will be possible to carry out the most important job – from creating an atmosphere of trust to determining the status of Nagorno-Karabakh,” the analyst said.
Azerbaijani Vice-Speaker: OSCE MG co-chairs’ visit to region may give impetus to negotiation process [AZE]
The article says that the next visit of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to the region may give impetus to the resolution of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azerbaijani Parliament’s Vice-Speaker Bahar Muradova believes that the co-chairs’ visit to the region can be regarded as another stage in the negotiations.
Presidency in UN Security Council to allow Azerbaijan to raise issue of executing UNSC resolutions on occupation of Azerbaijani territories, top official says [AZE]
According to the article, the presidency in the UN Security Council (UNSC) gives Azerbaijan additional opportunities to raise the issue of executing the UN Security Council resolutions on the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, which have not been implemented yet.
Azerbaijani ruling party: Hollande may be active in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [AZE]
The article says that Francois Hollande may be active in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Azerbaijan Party official, MP Mubariz Gurbanli told Trend that he hopes after anti-Turkic actions and statements by Sarkozy, which didn’t yield any result, Hollande will have a clear opinion on the matter. The MP also noted that the solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict depends not on the co-chairs and the co-chairing countries, but on the joint activity of the co-chairs.
Azerbaijan sends letter to UN Secretary General over so-called “presidential elections” in Nagorno-Karabakh [AZE]
Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN Agshin Mehdiyev sent a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over so-called “presidential elections” in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, permanent mission told Trend. The letter notes that according to media reports the Republic of Armenia is planning to hold so-called “presidential elections” on July 2012 in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan Republic. It notes that the international community unequivocally condemned all previous “elections” in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. “In this regard, my Government hopes that the United Nations and its member states will vote against the provocative and illegal acts that violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, show disrespect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and undermine the ongoing political efforts to resolve the conflict. We urge the international community to demand that the government of Armenia to stop its destructive policy of annexation and ethnic cleansing, not to attempt to discredit the peace process and put an end to the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, “- said the envoy.
Baku declares inefficiency of talks with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh problem [ENG]
According to the article, Armenia still poses a threat to peace and stability in South Caucasus, and continues its occupation of Azerbaijani territories. If it goes on, the Azerbaijani authorities, will demonstrate their will using all means, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov said on Tuesday, answering journalists’ questions about the 20th anniversary of Shusha’s occupation. He said that in this regard Azerbaijan has raised the issue on the level of global institutions.
‘Nagorno-Karabakh conflict one of most complicated’ [ENG]
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the most complicated conflicts among so-called frozen ones, a head of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform party (ELDR) Graham Watson said at a Friday press conference in Yerevan. According to him, the term ‘frozen’ is not the best way of describing the situation as otherwise there will be no fatal incidents due to shooting. At the same time, the conflict is frozen as it is difficult to see any way forward.
Mediators postpone visit to Karabakh [ENG]
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group have postponed their visit to Nagorno-Karabakh as part of their scheduled tour to the South Caucasus region. The plans have changed due to bad weather. The mediators had earlier too, rescheduled visits to Karabakh on account of weather conditions. They were scheduled meet leader of Karabakh separatists Bako Sahakyan in Khankandi.
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen meet with Armenian FM [AZE]
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian held a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement Robert Bradtke (USA), Igor Popov (Russia) and Jacques Faure (France), as well as the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk on May 12. The co-chairmen arrived in Yerevan within the regional visit, Novosti Armenia reported. During the meeting the sides touched upon the implementation of the agreements reflected in the joint statement of the Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents, adopted in Sochi on January 23, in particular regarding the establishment of a mechanism to investigate the incidents.
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs call on accelerating measures in reaching an agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh [AZE]
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk traveled on May 11-14 to Yerevan and Baku, where they met with Presidents Serzh Sargsian and Ilham Aliyev to discuss the most recent efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Minsk Group’s statement published on OSCE website said on Monday. The Co-Chairs continued their discussions with the sides on how to implement the commitments made by Presidents Aliyev and Sargsian in their January 23 joint statement in Sochi, including “accelerating” measures in reaching an agreement on the Basic Principles as a framework for a comprehensive peace settlement, to work on the mechanism to investigate ceasefire violations, and to develop humanitarian contacts. The Co-Chairs expressed their concern over recent incidents along the frontlines, and urged the sides to refrain from retaliation. The Co-Chairs also discussed with the sides the development of confidence-building measures in the military and people-to-people spheres to enhance trust and strengthen implementation of the 1994 ceasefire.
‘Russia supports peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict’ [ENG]
The article says that Russia always supported the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Answering the questions of journalist about the policy of newly-elected president Vladimir Putin on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict Russian co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov said, “our standpoint is that the mediation mission of Russia will continue together with the other co-chair countries.” One of the orders signed by the new president concerns the foreign policy says, ‘Russia must continue its activity together with the other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. This activity is based on the assistance to the sides for the settlement of the conflict considering the high-level agreements achieved in 2009-2011. I think that it concretely expresses the position of Russia.’
France ‘not to change’ its position on Karabakh conflict [ENG]
‘France supported and will support the peaceful settlement of the conflict’. The statement came from the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Jacques Faure in response to a question about the effect of election of new French president on the country’s positions on Nagorno Karabakh conflict, APA reports.
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