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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for August 15-31
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Day.Az interviewed the director of the Centre for the former Soviet Union, Russian political scientist Alexei Vlasov. The expert answered few questions one of which was about the possibility of renewed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The expert thinks that the probability of renewed conflict has increased over the last six months. The percentage of this probability is so dominant over the other scenarios that we can talk about it as an inevitability. By and large, neither Moscow nor Washington nor Paris are not interested in seeing this conflict escalated into a hot phase, and Russia will be the last to stand for something, to prevent war, the analyst states.
The process of resolving the Nagorno Karabakh conflict must be accelerated, head of the EU representative office in Azerbaijan Roland Kobia told media, as the article says. Commenting on both Kazan and Sochi meetings of Azerbaijani and Armenian sides Kobia touched upon the incidents occurring at the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops calling the situation in the frontline zone disappointing. “There must not be such cases from the Azerbaijani or Armenian sides, because there is a ceasefire regime. No one should die there. Both sides must respect the ceasefire regime”, he reiterates
Matthew Bryza, U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, answered the letter drafted by the Council of Women of Karabakh Liberation Organization to the UN Secretary General, the Presidents of the United States, Russia and France. In reply Bryza reflects the position of the American States: “The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means a priority for the Obama and Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State. For this reason, For me, as U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, it is also a priority. ” Matthew Bryza, in his letter notes that the resolution of the Karabakh conflict by peaceful means can ensure the development of Azerbaijan, South Caucasus and stability in the region.
In an interview with Day.az commenting on a statement from the ruling party deputy Gagik Minasyan political analyst Elman Nasirli told that threat by Armenian MP is a true utopia. Armenian MP told that in case of a resumption of the active phase of the war for Nagorno-Karabakh, the world can recognize the independence of the separatist “Nagorno Karabakh Republic”. In his opinion, this is a real hysteria, which is due, firstly, the internal crisis in Armenia, and, secondly, the fear of ever-developing Azerbaijan.
Day.az interviewed Novruz Mammadov, Head of Foreign Relations Department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan. While commenting on recent statements of President Serzh Sargsyan, Mammadov reminded the indoctrinated idea of the existence of “Great Armenia” and told that Armenians, who always preferred to be under the auspices of a someone turned into a hostage of reckless and absurd ambitions of their leaders.
According to the article, a military source informs Trend.az that an Azerbaijani soldier was wounded as a result of a ceasefire violation by the Armenian armed forces. Lieutenant Akif Abdiyev was wounded as a result of ceasefire violation by the Armenian armed forces in the direction of the Fizuli region. The soldier was hospitalized and his health condition is serious.
News.Az interviewed Alex Jackson, an expert on politics and security in the Caspian region and former editor of the Caucasian Review of Int’l Affairs. He thinks that the West has had a limited role so far in settling the Karabakh conflict. It has generally let Russia take the lead. Although the US has invested some time and energy, it has no direct strategic interest. Europe has been even less involved. However, the EU (not NATO) could have a role to play, using its “soft power” experience and its record of helping to defuse tensions in the Western Balkans to encourage both sides to compromise and reach a final settlement.
News.Az interviews James Dingley, expert on conflicts, terrorism and political violence, Cybernos Associates (UK). He says that currently the Caucasus, whilst important, is not top of the list for the western countries. The US is likely to become more introverted over the next few years and reluctant to pay for any new foreign “adventures” whilst the core of the EU, i.e. Western Europe, is looking very skeptically at Eastern and Southern Europe, where the bulk of its current problems have emerged.
Fixing its mistake, Magic Jack, America’s popular phone equipment firm, which enables its users to make internet phone calls to almost any country throughout the World, re-listed Nagorno-Karabakh under Azerbaijan, instead of Armenia in its International Rates, APA’s Washington DC correspondent was informed by the company, as the article states. “That was just a misunderstanding”, said a Magic Jack representative. On its updated webpage the company indicated Nagorno-Karabakh under the code/prefix number 37447, which costs $0.33 per minute for the customers (https://web05.magicjack.com/my/international/).
Armenia’s ongoing occupation policy is linked with double standards applied in the world, the Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev said at the meeting with Air Vice Marshall Graham Howard, Assistant Chief of the Defense Staff (Logistic Operations) of Great Britain, the article says. Abiyev informed the guest about the military-political situation in the South Caucasus and the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands. He underscored that the occupation lasts for 20 years, negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group did not yield any results, and four UN resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have yet to be fulfilled. He linked all of the above-mentioned facts with double standards pervading the world.
In an interview with Day.Az commenting on the withdrawal from the agenda of the Turkish Parliament the ratification of the Armenian-Turkish protocols signed in 2009 political, analyst Vafa Guluzade said that Ankara is running off patience.
According to him, he was expecting this for a long time. Armenia does not want to restore relations with Turkey. Yerevan has not stopped the pressure in the issue of “Armenian genocide”, continues to raise territorial claims against Turkey and blames Ankara virtually all the deadly sins, the politician said.
The article introduces the whole text of the letter written by 13 year old schoolgirl Azerbaijan Nargiz Qazi in response to a letter of her peer Adeline Avagimyan from Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan in UN reacts to every step taken by the Armenian side on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev told reporters in Baku, as the article states.”Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is always on the agenda of the UN and the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the organization reacts to every step taken by the Armenian side on the issue, informs the Secretary General and all member countries”, Mehdiyev said. According to him, a new draft resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is ready and will be discussed if the country’s leadership wills and corresponding works will be carried out in this direction.
The article informs that the Azerbaijani Embassy in Paris presented a note protesting the French Foreign Ministry in connection with the French MPs’ illegal visit to the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia. In the article then First Secretary of the Foreign Ministry Spokesman and current Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elman Abdullayev says that the French MPs will be included on the” black list “of persons whose entrance to Azerbaijan is undesired, due to lack of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and for not informing relevant Azerbaijani government bodies about visiting the Nagorno-Karabakh region. He said the Azerbaijani embassy in Paris has sent a protest note to the French Foreign Ministry. The Azerbaijani side also appealed to the French Foreign Ministry with a request to seek clarification from the French National Assembly .
The French MPs’ visit to Nagorno-Karabakh was of a non-official character, and was performed on the personal initiative of a group of MPs, the French Foreign Ministry said in its response to Azerbaijan’s protest note on the French MPs’ illegal visit to the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.
The French side has officially confirmed its position stating that this visit is not performed upon the French National Assembly, but upon the personal initiative of the Chairman of the French Assembly’s defense and armed forces committee Guy Tessier.
As the article states, today is the 18th anniversary of the occupation of Azerbaijan’s regions of Fizuli and Jabrail by the Armenian armed forces.
The article says that Azerbaijani MP Musa Gasimli said in an interview with the ruling New Azerbaijan Party says that French MPs’ visit to Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan casts a shadow on the mediation mission of this country.
Remembering that France is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, which has adopted four resolutions on the unconditional liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, Gasimli noted that these resolutions support and defend the territorial integrity and inviolability of borders of Azerbaijan.
The article says that Azerbaijan welcomes French Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bernard Valero’s statement on that the French MPs’ illegal visit to the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia does not commit Paris to anything and does not change its position. As it is written in the article, Elman Abdullayev, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said it is sad that the representatives of France, a country that is an example of respect for the international law and the laws, committed illegal actions by visiting the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia without informing Baku. “It is pity that members of the French National Assembly headed by Guy Tessier, pursuing selfish interests, have run by the Armenian lobby,” Abdullayev said. Earlier, several media outlets reported that French MPs Guy Teissier, Jacques Remile, Georges Colombier and Valerie Boyer have visited the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia and met with the leadership of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The article says that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has registered 4,575 persons went missing during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. ICRC Defense Program Coordinator in Azerbaijan Sylvie Grenisher told Trend that the number of missing people can change. The ICRC collected information about them from their families to create Ante Mortem database to clarify the fate of these people.The ICRC carried out this work jointly with the Azerbaijani Red Crescent Society. To date, information about 3,631 missing people was collected.
The article informs that Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has welcomed a French statement that an MPs’ visit to breakaway Karabakh does not change Paris’ position on the region. So that, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told a news conference in Paris on 23 August that the visit by five members of the French National Assembly “makes no difference or changes to France’s policy on this conflict”.
According to the article, Armenia must return territories of Azerbaijan it occupied, and give up its aggressive policy, said speakers of the conference dedicated to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh held at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. The event entitled “future of negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh” brought together a number of professors, including head of the institute Ettore Greco and deputy director Nathalie Tocci and others.The speakers stressed the fact that the aggressive policy of Armenia against Azerbaijan displaced over a million of Azerbaijanis from their homes.
In an interview with Day.az, Robert Bosch Stefan Meister, Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Central and Eastern Europe Foundation spoke about his vision of the prospects for a settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Analyst considers the main barrier to the settlement of the conflict is the ruling elite in Armenia just uses the “Karabakh card” to legitimize their own with little success policy. Because otherwise, if you take of their reforms and economic policies, then they have achieved little. And the Karabakh conflict is for the clicks tool to maintain its legitimacy, the analyst says.
Conflict between Dashnaksutyun and its main source of financial investments from the US significantly weakens the party, says Habil Huseynli, in an interview with Day.az commenting on the Armenian media about a possible split in Dashnaksutyun, traditionally considered one of the centers of power in the political life of Armenia.The political scientist noted that the party has traditionally been a bastion of the nationalist Armenian aggression. The split in the party can reduce aggressive nationalist ideas that the party has traditionally fueled among Armenians. This will for sure lead to the possibility of liberalizing the society in Armenia, he claims. In such circumstances, the analyst considers, it will be possible reconciliation with its neighbors.
Azerbaijan in regard with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should continue to benefit from the opportunities the EU, says Alexander Tevdoy-Burmuli, Associate Professor of European Integration. The expert says that Azerbaijan, as well as other post-Soviet states having conflicts on its territory, needs to continue the cooperation with the EU as one of the referees for their problems, as all these countries would not want to rely solely on Russia as an arbitrator. However, a Russian scientist says, it should be noted that the EU is currently undergoing a major systemic crisis. Therefore, the EU can not become involved in solving these problems both on institutional and on opportunistic reasons. You should not rely on the fact that the EU is in such a situation would pursue an active foreign policy in highly risky regions.
The article says that Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Elmar Mamadyarov said at a meeting with a delegation of several countries’ permanent representatives in the UN. Mamadyarov stated that preservation of a status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by the international community is unacceptable.
The article says that the agenda of the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Baltic states and Germany did not include the Nagorno Karabakh issue, as it was reported by some media outlets. “The Ministers focused on modernization of information field in the Schengen area as well as nuclear security and the conflict in Transnistria,” spokesperson for the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis told.
In an interview with Day.az expert Araz Alizadeh says that Zurich protocols could not be implemented. Commenting on the withdrawal of the ratification of the Armenian-Turkish protocols on establishing diplomatic and bilateral relations from the agenda of the Turkish Parliament, he stressed that this news is not sensational, and the action is long overdue.
The article says that the president of the Central Council of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in Germany Tengis Sade Baron Dhu Romkerhall met with Bishop Dr.Fayge. At the meeting President of the Council reported on the activities he heads the Board, future projects and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Bishop Dr.Fayge, expressing attitude to the current situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says that Armenia must comply with the resolutions of international organizations and leave the occupied territories of Azerbaijan so that Azerbaijani citizens could return to their native land. He considers this way as the only way to solve the issue.
In an interview with Day.az Bakhtiyar Sadikhov, MP and member of the Committee on Defence and Security of Azerbaijani Parliament, said that Armenia is to blame for the fact that ratification of Zurich protocols did not take place. According to him, the events following the signing of the protocols in Zurich, exposed the dirty face of the Armenian diplomacy. Parlamentarian considers Armenia’s actions have helped Turkey to see all aspects of multi-faceted policy of the leadership of this country. After the excitement and euphoria of” football diplomacy “, it became clear that Yerevan is not going to give up its claims such as “Armenian genocide” in the Ottoman Empire, territorial claims to Turkey and calling for future generations of Armenia to make aggressive fantasies. These steps, he thinks, coupled with the destructive activities of the Armenian diaspora against Turkey have made the ratification of the Armenian-Turkish protocols impossible.
In an interview with Day.az commenting on the Armenian side regarding the concerns of the strengthening of Russian-Turkish relations, Yusuf Halacoglu, Turkish MP from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), told that strenthening ties between Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia could lead to the fact that Armenia will be left alone in the end. He states that Armenia will not be able to resist and hinder these processes. Even some attempts to prevent the strengthening of Russian-Turkish relations, may ultimately lead to destitution of Armenia position. Talking about any opportunity to influence the situation in Armenia, even on a regional scale, is basically impossible, say Turkish Parliamentarian. As for the Turkish-Armenian relations, Halacoglu considers its future currently difficult to predict.
As article informs, to win the war of information is very important for Azerbaijan living in a state of war with Armenia, Elnur Aslanov, Head of Political Analysis and Information Department of the Presidential Administration told at the opening ceremony of the ninth traditional International Forum of Azerbaijani Youth (ASAIF). “The victory of the information war is not only dependent on Baku, but dependent on the compatriots living and studying abroad. Information war is not only the historical facts of the dispute. It is also the representation of the development and rich culture of the country”, said Aslanov.
The article says that over 4,500 people are still missing as a result of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Families of persons missing in connection with the Nagorno Karabakh conflict are gathering today in Baku, Sumgayit, Masalli, Imishli, Shamkir and Barda to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared (30 August) together with representatives of the local authorities, the Red Crescent Society of Azerbaijan, non-governmental organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). On this occasion, the ICRC is calling on the international community to renew its commitment to addressing the plight of missing persons and their families.
The article says that Azerbaijan sent a diplomatic note to the German Foreign Ministry to demand to prevent the concert being organized in the German city of Stuttgart, which is going to be dedicated to the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh. Sept. 16-22, during the Days of Armenian Culture in Stuttgart, the concert called “20 years to” Artsakh ” dedicated to the so-called “20th anniversary of independence,” the puppet regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, is going to be held.
In an interview with Day.az MP Asaf Hajiyev commented on the recent anti-Russian statements of the pro-government Armenian politicians. According to him, Armenia is trying to leave its failures in foreign policy onto others’ shoulders. Commenting on the difficult economic situation that reigns in Armenia, MP says that it is a fact that a group of people in Armenia is getting rich, although the nation still remains impoverished, which actually exacerbates the situation.
The article says that Georgia supports the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Georgian State Minister for Diaspora Affairs Mirza (Papuna) Davitaia told Trend, “Georgia has unilaterally supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and we back the liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan”.
Day.az interviewed Samad Seyidov, the chairman of Azerbaijani Parliament committee on Foreign Relations and Inter-Parliamentary Relations, who came up with the idea of three types of Armenia, while commenting on the initiation of the Armenian Diaspora in U.S. collecting signatures calling for the State Department not to let Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan into the country, as he proved himself as a poor leader of the state.
According to the Parliamentarian, first Armenia is the state that coexists with Azerbaijan in the region. Second one is the Armenian Diaspora, a much more powerful, influential, extensive and visible one than the first. And the third one is Armenia which appears as a tool in the hands of some countries in order to hinder the development of the Caucasus region, to prevent the European integration and common development, and so on.
Afterwards Seyidov arises a question so that with which Armenia Azerbaijan should negotiate?
Day.az interviewed MP Rovshan Rzayev regarding the Armenia’s rapprochement with Turkey, given that Ankara is unlikely to recover on the agenda the issue of ratification of the Parliament of Zurich Armenian-Turkish protocols for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the States. MP says that the Armenian authorities first should be interested primarily in the stabilization of the country. And for this they need to restore normal relations with neighboring states., in particular, with Turkey and Azerbaijan. Rzayev states that the resolution of all the problems that beset Armenia pass through the constructive approach of official Yerevan to the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The article says that recently Sargsyan made several statements regarding the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in particular the Kazan meeting’s results. Commenting on the Armenian leader’s statement Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev told Trend such statements by Sargsyan are designed for domestic consumption, while at the external level all is discussed in another way. “Our position remains unchanged. First Armenia should withdraw its troops from the occupied territories to resolve the conflict. This step will help giving predictability to situation in the region,” Abdullayev said. He said presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group countries (France, USA and Russia) also expressed their dissatisfaction with the status quo in their statements, which again shows that the international community’s position coincides with Azerbaijan’s position.
The article says that today is the 18th anniversary of occupation of Azerbaijan’s Gubadli region by the Armenian armed forces.
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