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Digest of Azerbaijan media for July 16-30
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Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration expressed its concern with recent murder of a 13-year-old child, pointing to the Armenia’s brutal methods. In his words, head of the socio- political department at the Presidential Administration, Ali Hasanov noted that while during war, there are certain rules, in no way should these rules apply to killing of children. In his statement, Hasanov concluded that Armenia stands in the way of peaceful reconciliation and co- existence of people in the South Caucasus.
The article refers to OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair from France Bernard Fassier’s statements during his visit to Baku. “The murder of the Azerbaijani child once again showed how useful it would be to create a mechanism to investigate the incidents,” Fassier said. Any loss of life is a tragedy and the death of a child is even greater tragedy, said in Baku. He said the co-chairs offered several options for implementing the mechanism.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister thinks that not everything depends on Azerbaijan in the negotiations process. “We have to wait for Armenia’s response to the same proposals”, Mammadyarov said. “But we think that there is progress in the negotiations. We are moving gradually to the point where everyone will understand that the current situation does not help anyone, including our neighbors.” Mammadyarov said that stability is important for the region, especially for Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Mubariz Ahmedoglu, head of the center of political innovation and technologies, believes that as a result of work carried out by the OSCE Minsk Group, the resolution is stuck. In his words, Ahemdoglu sums up the current situation in the following way: “on one hand, the mediators officially evaluate the current situation in the Nagorno- Karabakh region a result of use of force, on the other however, they advocate for no use of force. It turns out, that Armenia could use force and Azerbaijan can’t”. This is not transparency argues political scientist. Ahmedogly noted, that transparency should apply to proposals given by each of the co- chairs of the Minsk Group. The head of the center, believes its important that both Armenia and Azerbaijan, should be aware of which proposals co- chairs agree with and of which they are against.
Current Chairman of the OSCE, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Audronius Azubalis believes that coming an agreement over basic principles and moving towards the development of a bigger peace deal over the Nagorno- Karabakh is achievable goal. For this, both sides of the conflict, must consider this their first and foremost task. And even though no agreement was reached during the last meeting in Kazan between the heads of two states, Azubalis sees hope having both presidents state their readiness in reaching final resolution of the conflict through negotiations. For now, Azubalis, called on the two countries, to respect already agreed promises.
The article is about Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussing ways to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Star newspaper reported. Davutoglu and Clinton discussed in detail the situation in the Caucasus, particularly ways to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
During their visit to the region between 11th and 18th of July, Minsk Group Co- chairs, once again, voiced the importance of the two leaders, show political will that is necessary for achieving peace, security, and co- existence in the region. They also stressed the time factor, adding that now is the best time to do this.
During an interview with journalists in Yerevan, OSCE co- chair Robert Bradtke said it was too early to make final conclusions over the resolution of the conflict as both sides to the conflict as well as the co- chairs must wait for the next developments in the negotiation process. Bradtke noted the importance of the present state of the dialogue.
In a statement issued by the chief of the public policy department under the Presidential Administration in Azerbaijan, Ali Hasanov spoke of the basic principles laid out during the negotiation process. Hasanov, noted that none of these principles are a victory, but rather outcomes of mutually drawn concessions. The chief, also mentioned recent discussion at the Cabinet of Ministers, during which basic principles were reviewed. It was as a result of these discussions that Hasanov noted of the incompatibility of some of the principles with the country’s interests. To have full compatibility, Azerbaijan would have to go into war, return its occupied territories by force and have Armenia sign a treaty based on the international norms. However Hasanov said, these are not the country’s intentions.
Azerbaijani diaspora organizations have made a joint statement regarding the murder of 13-year-old girl. “The act of vandalism committed by Armenia in the Alibeyli village of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district killed 13-year-old Shahmaliyeva Aygun Zireddin. This is not the first act of vandalism committed by Armenia against children,” the statement said. Diaspora organizations stated that in addition to the state agencies of Azerbaijan, they will also present this act of vandalism to the attention of the international community. The article goes on discussing other missing persons and Prisoners of War.
The article quotes the interview of the Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov to the Echo Moskvy radio station. Azimov is quoted saying that Azerbaijan stepped to the middle of the bridge and stated about its readiness to show flexibility, meaning the various models of self-government for the population of Nagorno-Karabakh region within Azerbaijan. That is, the flexibility within the framework of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. “Azerbaijan has a maximum position, which can be formulated as the restoration of full sovereign control over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Not just to restore the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, but establish a direct vertical sovereign control over the territory and population living there.”
The South Caucasus is important for the security and stability of the entire OSCE area, and the OSCE is as active in the region as ever, Lamberto Zannier is stated saying that in Armenia and Azerbaijan, we work to support domestic reforms through our field operations. He said that the OSCE also remain deeply committed to helping to resolve protracted conflicts in the region through the agreed formats.
Azerbaijani MP Ganira Pashayeva has made remarks about the Karabakh conflict for Turkish journalists who visited Azerbaijan. Reporters from Milliyet, Hurriyet, Zaman, Today’s Zaman, Radikal and Haberturk tripped to Azerbaijan at Pashayeva’s invitation. The parliamentarian told Turkish journalists about her view of the history of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the negotiating process on peaceful settlement of the issue mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group.
Mentioning the unsuccessful outcome of the Kazan meeting at a press conference, Center for Political Innovation and Technology Director Mubariz Ahmedoglu blamed Armenia’s destructive position makes inevitable military resolution to the problem. He suggested that if this conflict is not solved peacefully, then the war is inevitable. Ahmedoglu also believes that talks between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh are very important in resolution of the conflict.
The article is about the occupation of Agdam by Armenian forces on July 23, 1993. It then provides numbers of IDPs and other statistics resulting from the occupation of the region.
This article talks about 20,000 Armenians who never left Baku, including during the war and still live there today. Many of them are women married to Azerbaijani men. Some of their sons served in the Azerbaijani Army during the war.
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov spoke on the urgency of troop withdrawal from the occupied territories during his meeting with British parliamentary delegation. Mammadyarov during his meeting said any development in the region is jeopardized, as the conflict remains unsettled.
According to this article, the Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry is investigating the visits to Karabakh by 35 citizens from eight different countries as illegal activity. If the visits are confirmed, the Azerbaijani side will take appropriate action, Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov said.
Turkish expert Arif Keskin commented on Iranian politicians’ statements over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue saying that Iran does not aim to get Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolved and its statements are nor sincere. Iranian officials recently made statements so that the Karabakh issue must be solved with the help of regional states. “Iran wants to trigger a discord between Azerbaijan and West. Iran seeks to undermine Azerbaijan’s relations with Europe and United States, the OSCE Minsk Group to stop work and gain control over the Karabakh talks,” the Turkish expert said.
According to the article the Armenian forces have violated the ceasefire in several directions. The Azerbaijani army answered the fire.
According to the article, in an interview with Baku based ANS TV, Russian ambassador Vladimir Doroxin said that as no agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was reached in Kazan meeting, Russian President Medvedev sent letters letters reflecting his views on resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to both Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents after the meeting. ‘Now our president is studying these proposals. I hope that the decision to be adopted will make a direct contribution to the conflict resolution’, Doroxin concluded.
‘Serzh Sargsyan’s attempt to show Armenia as a fair side in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict seems a sly as always’, Chief of the foreign relations department of the presidential administration of Azerbaijan Novruz Mammadov said. Calling Sargsyan’s speech in front of Armenian youth absurd Mammadov said, “… it is a very dangerous tendency since due to it the younger generation of Armenia is brought up as an aggressor.”
At a news conference during Turkish PM Erdogan’s official visit to Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said the Azerbaijani lands are under occupation for many years. Aliyev mentioned that there are 1 million Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs as a result of the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and that Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity must be restored. “Nagorno-Karabakh is and will remain as the Azerbaijani land. The time will come, when Azerbaijan will restore its sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh either by peaceful or military means, ” Aliyev reiterated.
This news item says that the US Congress will not provide financial aid to separatist Nagorno-Karabakh in 2012. The territory was omitted from the list of recipients of US government aid in a bill for aid in 2012, passed by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on Thursday. The US allocated $10m to Karabakh in 2011.
According to the article an officer of the Azerbaijani army Elshad Hasanov received a gunshot wound to his head after Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire from occupied Yusifjanli village of Agdam District on 29 July.
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