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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for October 1-14
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N. Mamedov: “Armenia rejected the meeting of the presidents in Poland” [AZE]
In the article Novruz Mammadov, the head of Foreign Affairs Department of the President Administration states about the deconstructive position of Armenia in regard with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute saying that EU suggested the meeting of three of South Caucasus Presidents, however Armenia rejected, although Azerbaijan accepted the meeting.
‘EU supports the Minsk Group process’ [ENG]
Armenian President meets EU High Commissioner for Foreign Policy and Security Issues Catherine Ashton to discuss a broad range of issues related to Armenia-EU cooperation, regional issues, including the process of settlement of the Karabakh issue. The EU High Commissioner underlined that the Minsk Group is the only format for resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the EU supports the negotiations under way within that framework.
Azerbaijani Communication Ministry launches digital television in Karabakh [ENG]
The article says that Azerbaijan has launched digital television in Karabakh. The television tower is 92 meters in height. It locates at the height of 864 meters on the Agsu pass, which helps cover Karabakh.
‘Karabakh conflict settlement to promote other ethnic disputes resolution’ [ENG]
In the article member of the Danish Parliament from the Social Democratic Party Huseyn Arac says that the world powers must be interested in resolution of ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus, as a prolonged conflict raises chances of a new war in the region.
The article mentions the 19th anniversary of occupation of Azerbaijan’s Hojavand region by the Armenian armed forces.
Member of Californian Senate meets leader of Karabakh sepapatists [ENG]
The article says that 1st leader of Karabakh separatists Bako Sahakyan received member of the Californian Senate Joseph Simitian and executive director of the “Paros” foundation Peter Abajian to discuss the regional developments, domestic and foreign policy of the separatist Nagorno Karabakh, Karabakh-US bilateral relations.
PACE president calls on Armenia to join Karabakh subcommittee [ENG]
The article says that any decision passed by the PACE and its Bureau must be accepted by the member states, and be respected. PACE President Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the press conference in Strasbourg while answering Armenian journalists’ question about the activity of the Subcommittee on Nagorno Karabakh, as the Armenian side did not accept the decision to resume the activity of the PACE Bureau.
In refer to the German ambassador in Azerbaijan the article says that the solution of Nagorno-Karabakh will come about and be sustainable only with the support of the international community. Herbert Quelle says that the EU, as well as Germany, is interested in contributing to a solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Restating Germany always supports Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, Quelle continues to say that nobody wants to disturb the negotiation format of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the form of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The article says that representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited three Armenian soldiers and five civilian family members being held in captivity in Azerbaijan.
The article says that the Armenian POWs and five civilians, members of one family, have not agreed to return to Armenia since the first day of their capture and expressed a desire to be transferred to a third country.
The article says that a Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decision on the restoration of the Nagorno-Karabakh Subcommittee should be respected and fulfilled. Calling the restoration of the subcommittee as a symbol of PACE’s goodwill, PACE President Mevlut Cavusoglu commented on the dissatisfaction of the Armenian delegation.
The article says that the Armenian delegation did not attend the next meeting of the ad hoc committee on Nagorno-Karabakh. Talking about the non-participation of the Armenian delegation at the meeting, the article continues to say that all have seen that Armenia violates the unanimous decision of the PACE Bureau.
According to the article, PACE should take actions to prevent the drug cultivation and trafficking in the Armenian- occupied territories of Azerbaijan
Drug spread in occupied lands raised in PACE [ENG]
The article talks about the fast growing disaster of drug addiction in Armenia and its mass cultivation and smooth turnover in the occupied and uncontrolled territories of Azerbaijan and its discussion in PACE.
Baku wants to start work on major Karabakh peace treaty [ENG]
According to the article, Azerbaijan has proposed to start work on a major peace treaty with Armenia to resolve the Karabakh conflict.
The article says that cooperation in resolving the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and preventing the further escalation of tension in the area is a main priority, and the positions of the Russian Federation and the other key members of OSCE agree.
INTERVIEW- Self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh should not be contrary to Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity [ENG]
In the article, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says that self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh should not be contrary to the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
The article says that monitoring was held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces on the Tartar-Agdara highway in the Azerbaijani Tartar region.
Lebanese Speaker comments on Karabakh [ENG]
According to the article Armenian President and the Lebanon Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met and touched upon the regional issues and the development of the Arab world. Berri believes that no conflict is possible to settle peacefully without negotiations.
Turkish archaeologist: Karabakh ‘never belonged to Armenians’ [ENG]
The article says that Turkish archaeologist considers that Armenia’s claims on the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh are unfounded historically.
The article says that PACE adopted a written declaration sharply condemning the fictional “municipal elections ” held by Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
OSCE ready to contribute to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution [ENG]
The article says that OSCE is ready to promote the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution. In the article OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zanner praised Russia’s mediation in the issue, calling Russia’s initiatives to address the problem of as “robust”.
FM: Voluntary determination of Nagorno-Karabakh’s status impossible in presence of occupied territories [ENG]
The article says that the status of Karabakh should be determined jointly with the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities. According to the article, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in an exclusive interview to RT Arabic Rusiya Al-Yaum so that it is impossible to talk about the voluntary determination of status, which the Armenian side is insistently speaking of, in presence of occupied territories.
OSCE PA autumn session to review Karabakh conflict [ENG]
The article says that OSCE PA autumn session will feature a special presentation “Role of OSCE in conflict resolution: Nagorno-Karabakh”.
Two Azerbaijani soldiers killed on front line [ENG]
Major exchanges of fire have occurred along the front line separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces with loss of life of two Azerbaijani soldiers.
Azerbaijani, Armenian ministers discuss frontline clashes [ENG]
The article talks about Armenian and Azerbaijani defence ministers have met in Brussels, a day after three soldiers were killed in exchanges of fire along the front line.
The article starts with an excerpt from French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s interview with the Armenian Mediamax agency where he commented on the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiations. In his speech referring to historical conflict persisted between Germany and France, Sarkozy told that it is possible to mitigate the most severe pain and overcome the deepest hate and that people can find the strength for reconciliation even in the darkest moments of their history. It is time for both sides to make the risky choice of peace, because there is no greater risk than maintaining the status quo, which gives rise to illusions, provokes revenge, and every day more and more destroys the prospects to achieve peace, he said.
The article says that there was shooting on the contact line between the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops. The Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops in various directions and there were intense shootings between the troops. As a result of the ceasefire violation by the Armenian Armed Forces, Azerbaijani soldiers, 20-year-old Novruz Aliyev and career soldier, 22-year-old Abbas Asgarov were killed.
The article says that Kazakhstan supports Lithuania’s efforts as the OSCE chairman to resolve protracted conflicts, in particular those of Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria.
French President’s visit to S.Caucasus crucial for long-term policy [ENG]
Trend interviewed Vladimir Zharikhin, Deputy Director of the CIS Institute. According to Vladimir Zharikhin, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s attention to the South Caucasus region is important in terms of Paris’s long-term policy. He says that the situation between Russia and Georgia which occurred in 2008 showed that Sarkozy has the political wisdom to offer compromise solutions. Therefore, Sarkozy’s visit to the region is important for his assessment of the situation in the South Caucasus.
Ambassador: Washington makes efforts to settle Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [ENG] The article says that Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party Ali Ahmedov met with U.S. Ambassador to Baku Matthew Bryza. According to the article, the sides discussed state and prospects of the U.S.-Azerbaijani relations, the peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Sarkozy hopes for peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan [ENG]
The article says that French President Nicholas Sakozy voiced hope for peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia saying that the only solution for Nagorno-Karabakh problem is through renewed talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani side as part of the OSCE Minsk Group.
‘EU ready to facilitate Karabakh conflict settlement’ [ENG]
The article says that EU is ready to facilitate as much as possible in the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. According to the article, John Kyaer, head of the EU Eastern Partnership department said that even EU is not a member of the OSCE Minsk group, it can provide the historical experience how to solve the conflicts.
Document on ‘NKR’ recognition by PACE deputies invalid [ENG]
The article says that Armenia-initiated document signed by some PACE deputies about the so-called recognition of independence of Nagorno-Karabakh has no legal force.
Germany recognizes territorial integrity of Azerbaijan [ENG]
The article informs that German Bundestag repeatedly recognized the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
US envoy comments on California Senator’s visit to Nagorno-Karabakh [ENG]
In the article US ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza says that during his visit to Baku Simityan urged all regional countries to cooperate. As it says in the article the US ambassador did not have any information that he planed to visit Nagorno-Karabakh. Bryza says that Simityan had no initial plans to visit Nagorno-Karabakh and he changed his mind after he visited Azerbaijan.
France plays important role in peaceful settlement Karabakh conflict – President [ENG]
The article contains the official speech of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev that was delivered during the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Baku.
The article says that U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza underscored neither the U.S., nor other state recognized the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.
He says that the U.S. policy towards the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan and Armenia remains the same and Senator Joseph Simitian’s visit to Nagorno-Karabakh never came up during his visit to Azerbaijan.
The article says that Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has become a topic of discussion at the autumn session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which took place in Dubrovnik (Croatia).
Armenians wound Azerbaijani army ensign [ENG]
The article says that Armenian wounded the serviceman of the Azerbaijani Army in the frontline.
Sniper wounds Azerbaijani civilian in ceasefire violation [ENG]
The article says that a civilian was wounded as a result of violation of ceasefire.
‘Nagorno Karabakh status to be defined on return of occupied lands’ [ENG]
The article says that liberation of the occupied lands of Azerbaijan is a priority in the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. In the article Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says that the status of Nagorno Karabakh may be defined only after return of lands and displaced persons to their homes.
Karabakh conflict must be settled peacefully – Goran Lennmarker [ENG]
In the article, former chief of the OSCE parliamentary assembly and currently chairman of the Democracy Foundation of Jarl Hjalmarson Goran Lennmarker says that it has already been 20 years that most people are refugees because of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and this state is inadmissible. He says that it is important to settle this conflict now.
Mediators working on six basic principles for Karabakh peace [ENG]
The article says that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has discussed the OSCE role in conflict resolution in Nagorno-Karabakh at its autumn session in Dubrovnik.
Karabakh bill submitted to Swedish parliament [ENG]
The article says that a resolution calling for the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Karabakh has been submitted to the Swedish parliament. According to the article, the resolution will first be debated by the foreign affairs committee before being put to the vote in a plenary session of parliament.
US senator comments on his ban from Azerbaijan [ENG]
The article includes the statement came from US senator Joseph Simitian commenting on inclusion of his name in the “black list” of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry for his visit to Karabakh. He says that he will continue his activity in this direction.
The article says that a motion for resolution about the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories has successfully been laid in the Swedish parliament. The document is about the withdrawal of the Armenian military forces from occupied Azerbaijani land areas and of the rights of the Azerbaijani refugees to return to their homes.
The article says that as a result of ceasefire violation by the Armenian Armed Forces Azerbaijani citizen Dashgin Aliyev was wounded and a criminal case has been filed on this fact.
The article says that Latvian side considers the issue of arms delivery to Armenia.
The article says that Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of substantial arming and violating the balance of power in the region, although Armenia is being armed much more intensively.
‘Russia to continue efforts to resolve Karabakh conflict’ [ENG]
The article says that Russia will continue its efforts to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to the article, Russian MP, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky told that Karabakh issue is like a bleeding wound in the region, and it needs to be settled and Russia as a neighboring regional power, will exert all efforts in this direction.
OSCE to monitor contact line between Azerbaijani, Armenian armies [ENG]
The article says that monitoring will be held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces and the monitoring will be held under a mandate of the OSCE chairman.
Armenian forces target civilians [ENG]
The article says that the ceasefire violation by the Armenian army on the contact line of troops has already become common, as the Armenian military men regularly open fires to this residential area any time in the course of the day.
Azerbaijan builds stonewall to protect civilians from Armenian snipers [ENG]
The article says that stonewall is under construction on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in Karabakh to protect civilians from Armenian snipers. According to the article, the fence is over 3 meters in height. It is a forced measure, which is undertaken by the Azerbaijani authorities due to constant firing by Armenian snipers of civilians in the frontline Azerbaijani villages and people’s death.
Armenians continue military exercise in occupied lands [ENG]
The article says that the Armenian armed forces continue the large-scale military exercises in the occupied Azerbaijani lands.
EU wants to take active part in Karabakh settlement [ENG]
According to the article, head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Raul de Luzenberger stated that the EU wants to take an active part in settling conflicts including the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. He told that the conflicts in the EU partner countries affect not only these countries but the European Union as well, a the conflict challenges security.
Azerbaijani soldier killed by Armenian fire [ENG]
The article says that the soldier of Azerbaijani Army was killed, as Armenian army units violated ceasefire in the direction of Aghdam.
Azerbaijani soldier wounded by Armenians [ENG]
The article says that an Azerbaijani soldier was wounded by Armenian fire.
Armenia seeks to provoke a crisis in negotiations – Araz Azimov [ENG]
The article says that Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Araz Azimov had interview with Ukraine-based Den newspaper. During the interview he said that Azerbaijan is ready to continue its political efforts to resolve the conflict, however, Armenian side seeks to provoke a crisis in negotiations on purpose.
Top official: Maintaining status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict threatens new war in region [ENG]
The article says that maintaining the status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict may cause a new war in the region. Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov said told press that the international community, especially the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, insistently call for changing the current situation, but considering its preservation, which is unacceptable.
World should not be indifferent to Armenia’s aggressive policies – Elnur Aslanov [ENG]
In the article Elnur Aslanov, the head of the political analysis and information department at the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan remarks that Armenia procures arms from other states hinders peace and stability in the region. He thinks that the world should not remain indifferent towards aggressive policies of Armenia. The all four UN resolutions have not been fulfilled yet. The fact that the resolutions adopted by such an influential organization remain unfulfilled raises questions and points to double standards in global politics, he states.
The article says that OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is considering the opportunity of holding a meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian communities to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In the article Chairman Bayram Safarov says that the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno Karabakh is ready for talks with the Armenian community, so that such meetings are essential to both communities, Safarov said, adding that they must be constant and contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Azerbaijani top official: Armenia’s weapon purchase from any country is destabilization factor in region [ENG]
The article says that Armenia’s purchase of weapon from any country represents a factor of great destabilization in the region. Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Political Analysis and Information Provision Department head Elnur Aslanov told journalists that any purchase of weapons by Armenia does not offer peace and stability in the region, on the contrary, causes obstacles.
Deputy minister: Azerbaijan ready to continue efforts to resolve conflict [ENG]
In the article Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov says that the primary goal in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is to normalize ties between Armenia and Azerbaijan based on principles of international law, saying that Azerbaijan is ready to continue its political efforts to resolve the conflict.
The article says that Ankara hosted regular consultations between the State Secretary – Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey on regional issues including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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