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Digest of Armenian Media for March 1-14
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This news item says that the Armenian Embassy in the United States, in cooperation with the US Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, Representative Office of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) and Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) organized an official event on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Armenian pogroms in Sumgait and Baku.
It also says that Frank Pallone, Chairman of the US Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues denounced the Armenian massacres and designated them as genocide. He called on US Congressmen to continue supporting Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan ‘takes steps to strengthen autocracy,’ says Armenian FM Nalbandyan (ENG)
In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Der Standard the Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that “while Armenia is taking steps to strengthen democracy, Azerbaijan is taking steps to develop autocracy, adding that this stance will not contribute to the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
“And the poisoning the brains of the youth this way [Azerbaijan] is hindering the future settlement [of the conflict],” said Nalbandyan, adding that “generally the spirit of mutual concessions and peace is far less in potential autocratic countries”.
The article says that Georgi Petrosyan, the Foreign Minsiter of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh delievered a speech at the Washington-based Centre of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), elaborating Karabakh’s position over the conflict. He also spoke about the future of the process taking place in the region.
The article says that German radio station SWR 2 broadcast a program about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, presenting the positions of Armenia, Karabakh and Azerbaijan. The program also quoted an officer of Karabakh’s army saying that the conflict is over and that it is the Azerbaijani side that does not simply want to reconcile itself with that reality. It also quoted Armenia’s Foreign Minster Edward Nalbandyan saying that the conflict can be resolved only through compromises.
According to the article the Prime Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Ara Harutyunyan, said at a press conference in Lebanon that the final resolution of the Karabakh conflict depends on the will of the Karabakhi people and the entire Armenian population. “Whatever negotiations are held, the last word is not only with Artsakh, but also with all the Armenians,” said he.
According to the article, US House Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to address the “Azerbaijani government’s threats and aggression against Armenia and Karabakh” and, more specifically, to identify the “serious repercussions” that Azerbaijan would face from the U.S. if it renewed its aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh. Secretary Clinton is expected to respond in writing to this and other questions posed by members of the Committee.
The article says that Armenia Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandyan held a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger and among other things discussed also the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Nalbandyan elaborated on the recent developments and expectations over the conflict, and Spindelegger, in turn, reiterated Austria’s support to the talks within OSCE Minsk Group and a mere peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Armenians in Netherlands submit petition on Nagorno Karabakh to Dutch parliament (ENG)
The articles says that joint Armenian organizations in The Hague conducted a rally on 28 February in support of the Nagorno Karabakh peace process and commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Sumgait Pogroms of Armenians, reported Abovian Armenian Cultural Association in the Netherlands.
After the rally a petition on Nagorno-Karabakh was submitted to the Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Parliament by a delegation of the Armenian Organisations in the Netherlands on 1 March 2011. The meeting was also attended by members of the Standing Committee from most parliamentary factions
Baku is advocating war (ARM)
According to this news piece, Armenia’s Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandyan delievered a speech at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna where he said that while Armenia speaks about peace, Azerbaijan is advocating war.
“While we are proposing to agree on the non-use of force, Azerbaijan is refusing those proposals and is boasting over the doubling of its military spending. While the international community is calling strengthening the ceasefire and withdraw the snipers from the Line of Contact, Azerbaijan is violating the ceasefire accord for hundreds of time during a week …” said Nalbandyan.
The article says that the Director of Scientific-Educational Centre Noravank, Gagik Harutyunyan said that no declaration will be signed at the upcoming meeting of the Armenian, Azerbaijan and Russian presidents in Sochi. He also said that of the regional countries both Armenia and Georgia have already called for the peaceful resolution of the existing conflicts.
“It is difficult to say what will happen, but it looks like it was urged during the recent meeting to withdraw the snipers, to ease the situation,” said he.
Waiting for another war (ARM)
The article says that during the March 5 meeting in Sochi the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents will not so much speak about the ways of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but rather about the ways how to delay the resolution – one that will be acceptable for both Armenian and Azerbaijan. It also says that against the backdrop of the bellicose statements from both sides and the violations of the ceasefire accord during 2010, it is time for parties to remember that there are written statements on non-use of forces and guarantees on excluding threats of the use of force.
Progress in Karabakh talks depends on Azerbaijan, says ruling party representative
According to this article, Armenian MP Artak Zakaryan said that Azerbaijan’s statements on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict have proven so far that the country is not ready to continue the peace talks. Zakaryan also said he did not have many expectations from the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents’ meeting in Sochi.
“If Azerbaijan proves strong enough to reiterate its commitment to the agreements reached so far, the process will move forward, otherwise we’ll have to admit that that country is again attempting to kill the negotiation process, posing a threat to security and stability in the region,” he said.
Azeri front troops violated ceasefire, killing an Armenian conscript (ENG)
The article says that the Azerbaijani front troops violated the ceasefire accord on the Line of Contact with Nagorno Karabakh, killing one Armenian conscript. It also says that the incident took place in the vicinity of the Upper Chailu settlement at 2:30 pm on March 4.
US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon said at a conference in Slovakia that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is considered to be frozen, may because of some wrong calculations turn into a “warm” one.
“The conflict is considered frozen, but often times there are violations of ceasefire accord on the Line of Contact, claming lives. The conflict may due to some wrong calculations turn from frozen into a warm one, and it is necessary to prevent this scenario,” said he…
The article says that European Friends of Armenia organization welcomed the tripartite meeting of the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Sochi and hold talks over Karabakh. It also reminded that the international community should perceive what its interests in the region are, interests that will be at risk in case there is no peace in the region. The organization’s Secretary General Michael Camebeck said that the OSCE Minsk Group should spare no efforts this time so that to have the snipers withdrawn from the Line of Contact.
Collapse of Russian Empire will resolve Karabakh: Opinion (ENG)
The collapse of the Russian colonial state is the main and necessary condition for genuinely resolving all ethnic and territorial conflicts in Nagorno Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the leader of the socio-political movement “Free Caucasus” Ilyas Musayev said in an interview with Newcaucasus.com. According to him, Russia’s withdrawal from the Caucasus is the key to the peaceful democratic development of all Caucasian nations, since these nations “share a common history, culture, customs and traditions.”
The article says that Elnur Aslanov, the chief of the Political Analysis and Information Provision Department of Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration said that Baku expects Armenia to step back from its “non-constructive” stance over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“We expect from the Sochi meeting of the presidents that Armenia will step back from its non-constructive, irrational position and release Azerbaijan’s territories,” he said, adding that Azerbaijani president’s position is that the peace talks must be continued, but every peace talk has its limit.
According to this news item, no progress should be expected from the trilateral meeting of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Sochi, leader of ARF Dashnaktsutyun Vahan Hovhannisyan said. He stressed that there would be no steps forward until Yerevan resolutely declares Stepanakert should be directly involved in the talks. “Until Stepanakert is not directly involved, each Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting will be traditional, nothing more,” he said, adding he cherishes no hopes that the conflict would be settled in the near future.
Armenia should extort concessions from Azerbaijan – oppositionist (ENG)
Oppositionist Vladimir Karapetyan said that Armenia has to extort concessions from Azerbaijan in terms of setting a clear date for a referendum in Karabakh, as was done at the January 25 meeting [between the presidents in 2010] in Sochi, and the fact was even documented in the WikiLeaks disclosures.
“The toughening of Armenia’s positions in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement talks means Armenia should firmly stand its grounds, not making any concessions. Any backpedaling from the Madrid principles is concession,” he said.
Azerbaijan seeks to maintain pre-war situation in Karabakh – oppositionist (ENG)
Armenian opposition activist David Shahnazaryan said, according to this news item, that by launching aggression on the Line of Contact, Azerbaijan is attempting to return to the pre-war situation in the region. “By provoking such tensions, Azerbaijan is attempting to exacerbate the situation. I have stated numerously that Armenia fails to take advantage of Azerbaijan’s mistakes. Moreover, it seems to be taking sides with Azerbaijan, reiterating its belligerent statements, instead of profiting by the occasion,” he said.
Aram Safaryan, MP of the Prosperous Armenian party, said that for the past two years, “Azerbaijan has been provoking clashes on the Line of Contact ahead of the meetings between the Armenian and Azeri presidents, and it has become a kind of a tradition”.
“For the past two years, Azerbaijan has been escalating the situation on the contact line ahead of the meetings. I regret to note that this time too Azerbaijan is escalating the situation in order to fail the negotiations and pressure Armenia,” Aram Safaryan said.
According to the article, Dashnaktsutyun MP Hrayr Karapetyan, said that “Azerbaijan’s provocations have become a tradition prior to or following Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents meeting or other meetings in the format of Karabakh conflict resolution, as he commented on the ceasefire violation ahead of the presidents meeting in Sochi on March 5.
“It is high time the international community gave tough response to Azerbaijan’s behaviour,” he said, adding “Baku’s provocations should be discussed during the Presidents’ trilateral meeting in Sochi.”
Sargsyan, Aliyev agreed to complete POW swap and solve disputed issues peacefully (ENG)
The article says that Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents adopted a joint statement at their meeting mediated by their Russian counterpart in Sochi on March 5. The statement said that they agreed to “complete the swapping process of prisoners of war,” as well as “to seek to resolve all the disputed issues by peaceful means, and to investigate possible incidents along the ceasefire line, with the participation of the parties under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen with the assistance of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman,” read the statement.
Pro-Armenian organization comments on Sochi meeting of presidents (ENG)
The article says that following the meeting of the Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani presidents in Sochi, Russia, the European Friends of Armenia, issued a statement on March 7, calling for the Sochi agreement to be fully implemented.
“Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan should be congratulated, as this is another concrete achievement of the peace negotiations in recent years, following in particular the presentation of the so-called Madrid Principles and the L’Aquila declaration on July 2009,” read the statement.
Sochi meeting made it clear that there is no alternative to peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict – Artak Zakaryan (ARM)
According to MP Artak Zakaryan, the importance of the March 5 meeting of the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Sochi on March 5 was that the statement adopted there made it clear that there is no alternative to the peaceful negotiation process over the Karabakh conflict.
“This is a process accompanying the negotiations process and is aimed at shaping some atmosphere inside the societies of the two countries, to change the mood, and create a situation that the readiness [of the parties] to solve the issue peacefully will be more favourable,” said Zakaryan.
Prolongation of status quo over Karabakh main achievement of Sochi meeting – analyst (ARM)
According to this article, political analyst Sergey Minasyan said that an essential achievement of the Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani presidents’ meeting in Sochi on March 5 was the agreement to continue the peace talks over Nagorno Karabakh and to prolong the current status quo.
“The step is really important, though it doesn’t imply a long-term agreement,” said he adding, that “if snipers were the issue, that would have been a serious concession. “ This was an undesirable development for Azerbaijan,” he added.
The article says that some Armenian experts think that Moscow is attempting to create a new format in the settlement of the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict. Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan said that if it is only Russia that is taking the upper hand in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, that it will be more difficult for Armenia to pursue that “policy of maneuvers”. He also said that, should there be a fresh war; Russia will have to choose between Armenia, a Russian ally within the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and Azerbaijan, an important energy partner of Russia.
New Format Appeared at Presidents’ Sochi Meeting: Analyst (ENG)
Yerevan-based political analyst Manvel Sargsyan said that the meeting of the presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia in Sochi on March 5 cannot be considered a usual or regular meeting, because each meeting has its own clear purpose. According to him, the process was hanging in the air since the OSCE Summit in early Dec. 2010 in Astana, and the presidents’ meetings have been reinstated, while the matter discussed in Sochi was not related to war prevention measures. “The main agreements were related to increasing monitoring of the Line of Contact,” he said.
Film Depicting Armenians in ‘Positive Light’ Banned in Azerbaijan (ENG)
The article says that Eldar Guliyev’s film “Hostage,” which in addressing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict depicts Armenians in a positive light, has been banned in Azerbaijan. One possible explanation, the article says, is that the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism banned the film, or it is the country’s leadership that did not like the plot, since “in a country where there is continuing Armenian aggression, representing Armenians in a positive light could not be unequivocally accepted.”
Representative of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) Ashot Astabatsyan said that the ICRC is ready to assist in repatriation of Armenian war prisoners and civilians. “We always expressed our readiness for repatriation of Armenian citizens. We are ready to assist the parties, if they want us to act mediators,” Astabatsyan said.
According to the article, MP of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Artak Zakaryan said that Azerbaijan “has found a new way of using its militant rhetoric” as it states that no international legal norm can prevent Azerbaijan from restoring its territorial integrity which is part of “Azerbaijan`s militant rhetoric, that has become ‘more civilized’.”
“After the Azeri commando`s body was handed over to Azerbaijan following the Astrakhan meeting, Azerbaijan organized a funeral … That step was aimed at keeping tensions high in society. The Azeri side’s actions are evidence that Azerbaijan is not acting in the spirit of peace talks,” Zakaryan said.
MP of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, Karen Avagyan, said that the frequent meetings of Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents is a positive move in the Karabakh negotiation process and creates prerequisites to seek solutions. Referring to the Presidents’ joint statement made after the talks in Sochi on March 5, Avagyan said. “In fact, this is progress in the peace process, as many problems arise due to violation of ceasefire by Azerbaijani snipers. This point will create prerequisites for an unbiased investigation of those responsible for the frequent skirmishes in the line of contact.”
Republican MP Artak Zakaryan said that the main aim of the Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian presidential meeting in Sochi on March 5 was to discuss and agree on further steps in implementing the trilateral statement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict approved in Astrakhan, October 27, 2010. He also said that after each presidential meeting the Azeri side continues its anti-Armenian propaganda and militant rhetoric intended for the domestic audience.
According to the article, political analyst Manvel Sargsyan said that Armenia should boycott the peace talks over Nagorno Karabakh as long as Armenian soldiers are being killed by Azerbaijani front troops on the Line of Contact. In his words, Azerbaijan not only practices blackmail but kills Armenian soldiers to make blackmail convincing.
“If an Armenian soldier is killed while date for talks is proposed, certain moves should be made. For instance, Armenia can recognize Karabakh’s independence or at least boycott the talks. It will persuade Azerbaijan to give up its wrongdoings,” Sargsyan added
Karabakh conflict still just about frozen but has warmed up (ENG)
The article says that Armenia and Azerbaijan are committed to resolve their differences peacefully, and to implement fully an agreement on the exchange of prisoners of war and investigate ceasefire violations, under the aegis of the OSCE. Such measures, it comments, could restore some confidence, but will do little more as often described as “frozen”, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been warming up. Last year alone the ceasefire violations rose by 53% and at least 25 soldiers were killed in skirmishes.
According to this news item, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said “it is time for Baku to change it constructive position into a really constructive one.” “A couple of weeks ago the Co-Chairs, speaking at the OSCE Political Council, called on the sides to say a clear ‘yes’ to the latest proposals, without any reservations or amendments. Since Armenia had said ‘yes’ to the proposals, the Co-Chairs had obviously been expecting Azerbaijan to change its position and say a clear ‘yes’,” Sh. Kocharyan said.
Russian MP Dmitry Vyatkin said that as CIS members Armenia and Azerbaijan must definitely reach an agreement over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“The Nagorno-Karabakh problem is the most sensitive issue for both Armenia and Azerbaijan. No doubt, the countries must reach an agreement. Russia, in the person of President Dmitry Medvedev, acts as mediator. It is a dialogue at the level of heads of state,” Vyatkin said.
Armenian political analyst Yervand Bozoyan, according to this item, said that as it was expected, no serious progress was achieved at the Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian presidential meeting in Sochi on March 5. He stressed that each presidential meeting is a step forward, which proves the negotiations are going on.
“Each meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders relieves tension in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, which can be considered progress … I think the statement will deter Azerbaijan from putting its military rhetoric into practice,” Bozoyan said.
According to this article Russian political analyst Kiril Tanayev said that the Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian President meeting in Sochi on March 5 is one more opportunity for Russia to show its significance in the international arena. According to him, Russia is thus resolving a number of problems that hardly have anything in common with Nagorno-Karabakh, and also Russia maintains relations both with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“However, we can see that neither side is yet ready for the bargain. It may be a matter of time – Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to the preamble to the principles and promised to make their proposals. Now it is the international mediators, particularly Russia, that have to encourage the sides to start the bargain, without worsening its relations with either of them,” Tanayev said.
Sochi statement result of OSCE co-chairs’ pressure on Azerbaijan – analyst (ENG)
Political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that the statement reached by Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Sochi on March 5 was the result of consolidated pressure by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on Azerbaijan. Asked about the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, he said that “the resolution of the issue is impossible today given the logic existing in Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
OSCE MG co-chairs concerned over ceasefire violations and will conduct immediate investigation (ENG)
The article said that the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement in which expressed their deep concern over the reports about the ceasefire violation and called on the parties to exercise restraint, respect the 1994 cease-fire. They also said that they asked Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Office, to carry out an immediate investigation with the participation of all sides, as agreed in the March 5 joint statement issued in Sochi by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev, Ilham Aliyev, and Serzh Sargsyan.
“Such senseless acts, if confirmed, would contravene the commitment of the parties to refrain from the use of force and to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” read the statement.
According to this article, asked to comment on the Karabakh conflict the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kushner said at the French parliament that the principle of nations’ right to self-determination is the fundamental principle for the Karabakh conflict.
The article says that the President of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Bako Sahakyan, said at a speech in Paris that Karabakh is for the peaceful resolution of the conflict with Azerbaijan, adding that it does not, however, mean that Karabakh is not ready to defend its independence and security if needed. Sahakyan also said that the “formation of the independent state of Artsakh, that has independence, sovereignty and democratic principles at its core, is fully in line with the fundamentals principals and norms of the international law.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, who is also the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, said at a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs that the terms such as “soon” or “shortly” are not relevant to the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process as it requires consistent and strenuous efforts. Azubalis discussed with the OSCE co0chairs issues related to building of confidence between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the military field and the countries’ honouring of the ceasefire agreement.
Aliyev seeks to add fuel to Karabakh conflict to avoid Arab scenario – Turkish media (ENG)
According to the article the Turkish media have been recently casting analyses on the possible developments in the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations in the light of the revolutions in the Middle East. The pro-government website Qoynar.info published the list of the young rebels’ Armenian friends on Facebook in an attempt to describe them as people collaborating with the enemies. But the opposition-run media outlets say the authorities have deployed troops in Baku while the Interior Ministry offers contractual work to anyone wishing to assist [in the government’s efforts], the Turkish publication says, adding that the Azeri leader is attempting to add fuel to the Karabakh conflict in an attempt to change his country’s internal political situation.
Negotiations are only way to Karabakh settlement – France Foreign Ministry (ENG)
The article says that the Foreign Ministry of France issued a statement and expressed its concerns over the deaths caused by the ceasefire violation along the Line of Contact between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan. “We have noted with concern the recent incidents occurred on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh, which resulted in loss of human lives,” read the statement.
According to this article, Spokesperson of Armenia’s Foreign Ministry, Tigran Balayan, welcomed the decision of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to conduct an immediate monitoring over the reports of ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact between Karabakh and Azerbaijan. He also said that Armenia has always positively reacted to all the calls for withdrawing the snipers from the Line of Contact.
The article says that if the President of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh would previously make only statements that Karabakh is not taking part in the talks and that the last word is with Karabakh when it comes to the settlement of the conflict, now Bako Sahakyan is stating at the French Senate that Karabakh’s international recognition should occur simultaneously with the peace process. The article also comments that is not clear whether Sahakyan’s statements now are indicative of a change in Karabakh’s policy or some kind of intensification.
Head of the European Integration analytic centre Karen Bekaryan said that the Statement adopted by Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian leaders in Sochi is not worth a bean if there is no confidence between the sides and Armenian soldier is killed in the line of contact 24 hours prior to the meeting. In his words, that statement solves no problem if it is not signed by Nagorno-Karabakh. “It is very difficult to implement an agreement which is not signed by Nagorno-Karabakh,” he said.
The article says that a dozen of youth NGOs sent a letter to the OSCE Chairperson Andronious Azudalis in which they welcome his statement that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a very tough one to resolve as a new generation has now grown there. The Karabakh NGOs called on him to visit Karabakh and listen to the voices of that new generation right there in Karabakh.
Investigation of border ceasefire violations will be some progress: Vahan Hovhannisyan (ARM)
According to Vahan Hovhannisyan of the Dashnaktsutyun party, the only thing new in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the Sochi meeting in March 5 was the agreement to conduct investigation of the ceasefire violations. “It itself is interesting, as no such investigation will be possible to conduct without Karabakh’s participation because those events took place in Karabakh, on the border of Karabakh. Should there really be such an investigation, it will then be a positive progress,” said he.
Serzh Sargsyan: There is some shift in Azerbaijan’s position (ARM)
The article says that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said at a meeting with the Latvian-Armenian community that there is a possibility to reach a consensus with Azerbaijan over the principles of the settlement of the Karabakh conflict in the visible future. Sargsyan also said that if asked before the Sochi meeting on March 5 whether there was any progress in the peace talks over Karabakh he would have told that there was none.
“But after the meeting in Sochi on March 5 it can be said that there is some shift in the position of Azerbaijan,” said Sargsyan.
Political analyst Alexander Markarov said that the results of trilateral meeting between Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani leaders in Sochi on March 5 are insignificant but certain movement is observed, the sides are moving to peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict. He also said 2011 is a pre-election year for both Armenia and Azerbaijan and therefore the peace process will advance slower and will go ahead by small steps. Markarov, further, said that the sides are not ready for drastic steps. “Armenia never wanted war but is always ready for it. In its turn Baku acknowledges war will harm not only Armenia but Azerbaijan as well,” he added.
Four EU filmmakers, journalists locked in Yerevan airport
The article says that on March 10 an international group of journalists and film producers heading to Armenia for an international documentary project on Khojalu was stopped at Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport by Armenian border security guards with no explanations. Later, all members of the group were denied entry visas to Armenia.
Speaking about the meeting by Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Sochi on March 5, political analyst Aram Karapetyan said that the parties have reached an agreement on the basic principles of the conflict. According to him, if Azerbaijan has agreed to the joint use of the principles of territorial integrity and nations’ right to self-determination, then it means that Karabakh will remain under Azerbaijani rule and will have a wide autonomy. Further, Karapetyan says that there is no other version of the joint application of those two principles.
In Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Armenia can’t wait: Analyst (ENG)
Tbilisi-based analyst Mamuka Areshidze, according to this news item said, that the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is most disadvantageous for Armenia, while Azerbaijan is wealthy country and can dictate terms.
“Armenia is in a blockade, it’s in a very difficult economic situation. Having a favourable geographical position, Armenia is left out of large regional projects. Add to this the ghost of future war, in which Russia will provide political, but not military aid,” he said.
The article says that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Robert Bradtke (U.S.), Bernard Fassier (France) and Igor Popov (Russia) will arrive in Yerevan on March 16 and will meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan and discuss issues related to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh dispute.
According to the article, the Spokesman for Armenian Foreign Ministry Tigran Balayan said that Turkey should not interfere in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks. Balayan commented on the Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov’s statement in an interview in which he said that “a multi-staged plan on Nagorno-Karabakh problem is being proposed by Turkey and Azerbaijan to resolve the dispute.
“Turkey has nothing to do in the Karabakh conflict resolution. If Turkey wishes not to damage the peace process, it should not interfere in the Karabakh conflict settlement,” he said.
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