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Digest of Armenian Media for December 1- 15

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01.12.2011
EU official reaffirms support to Minsk Group [ENG]
The European Union supports the OSCE Minsk Group’s efforts towards settling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, acting head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Onno Simons, said. In his words, The EU attaches importance to the dialogue between different countries’ citizens and take appropriate steps towards assisting refugees. Simons noted that the Armenia-EU Cooperation Agreement (signed back in 2006) implies not only political, economic and financial assistance but shared responsibility for in conflict settlement processes.
Minsk Group co-chairs reaffirm commitment in assist in Karabakh settlement [ENG]
This article says that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs stressed in a statement the need for respect for the 1994 ceasefire agreement, following the recent ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact. The Co-Chairs also discussed additional measures for enhancing confidence through people-to-people exchanges and efforts to preserve places of worship, cultural sites, and cemeteries. They also urged the sides to use the December OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Vilnius, to reaffirm their commitment to seeking a peaceful settlement and moving beyond the unacceptable status quo.
Further status quo unacceptable – OSCE MG co-chair [ENG]
The latest developments on the Line of Contact indicate the necessity for consistently applying a mechanism of investigating borderline incidents with the conflicting parties’ consent, Igor Popov, Russian Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, said. He said that the co-chairs hope the conflicting parties will take advantage of the OSCE ministerial council’s sitting to be held in Vilnius this December to realize the importance of a peaceful settlement of the conflict and moving beyond the unacceptable status quo. “We have great expectations of this meeting,” Popov said.
01.12.2011
Epress.am
Karabakh Conflict is the Entire Caucasus’ Pain: Saakashvili [ENG]
According to this news item, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the pain of the Caucasus. “Currently, the most painful issue for us is the conflict that exists between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This is not only the entire Caucasus’, but also Georgia’s pain,” he said at a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan.
01.12.2011
1in.am
Red Cross tries to find out mass cemeteries of those killed in Karabakh war [ARM]
This article says that Sherine Pollini, Head of the Azerbaijani Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said that the ICRC is holding talks with the Azerbaijani authorities to find out the locations of mass cemeteries that emerged during the Karabakh war. She said it is important to clarify the exact locations of those mass cemeteries, adding that local residents could also contribute to the efforts.
OSCE Minsk Group pays attention to Karabakh conflict – Serge Smesov [ARM]
This article says that former French Ambassador to Armenia Serge Smesov said at a conference that the OSCE Minsk Group pays attention to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to him, it is over this issue that the EU, as a partner, interferes with the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group. Onnio Simons, the acting chief of the European delegation to Armenia, in turn, said that the Karabakh conflict indeed is a concern for the EU. “Settlement of conflicts in South Caucasus is a very important issue for the EU,” she said.
02.12.2011
Lragir.am
Hopes and illusions over recognition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic [ARM]
In this article, Armenian analyst Ara Papian says that the issue of recognition of Nagorno Karabakh has recently been much talked about, especially Karabakh’s recognition by Armenia. Papian divides these kinds of conversations into two groups: according to the first one, the recognition of Karabakh will give nothing to Armenia, while for the proponents of the second group Karabakh’s recognition looks like a final aim, he says. Further, Papian says that the issue is rather complex one as recognition of a country, no matter how much it depends on a political decision; it is, however, a legal phenomenon.
02.12.2011
Panorama.am
H. Sahakyan: Final word belongs to Artsakh [ENG]
MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, Hovhannes Sahakyan, said that Azerbaijan must finally understand that they cannot talk to Artsakh [Karabakh] in a language of force and power. “If Azerbaijan really wants to see the conflict resolved, they must be committed to tête-à-tête negotiations with the authorities of Artsakh,” Sahakyan said. According to him, sooner or later Karabakh will join the negotiations, as the issue directly relates them and therefore “the final word” belongs to them.
02.12.2011
1in.am
Karabakh conflict is unresolved because of Azerbaijan’s destructive policy – Bako Sahakyan [ARM]
This article says that the de facto President of Nagorno Karabakh Bako Sahakyan discussed that Nagorno-Karabakh issue at a visit to the Uruguay parliament. Sahakyan particularly said that the main reason Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not resolved is “Azerbaijan’s destructive policy” over the issue.
03.11.2011
Lragir.am
“That will give Azerbaijan a moral right to turn to leadership of Nagorno Karabakh” [ARM]
This article says that Deputy Armenian Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan, asked to comment on “attempts by Azerbaijani officials” to put Karabakhi Azerbaijanis through cross-community dialogue at the same level with Karabakhi Armenians, said that if Baku wishes to do so, it should first of all initiate such dialogues between thousand of Armenians drawn out of Azerbaijan and those Azerbaijanis living in Azerbaijan. That, according to him, will give Azerbaijan’s leadership a moral right to turn to the leadership in Karabakh and ask them to also initiate such a dialogue. He also said that the Armenian side attaches great importance to trust-building measures.
03.11.2011
News.am
Karabakh’s independence not subject to speculations – Bako Sahakyan [ENG]
This article says that the de facto President of Nagorno Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan visited Argentinean Council on Foreign Relations (CARI) in Buenos Aires and delivered a lecture. Sahakyan spoke, among other things, about Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict settlement and regional developments. Sahakyan said that Karabakh stands exclusively for peaceful solution of all the questions with Azerbaijan through immediate dialogue, adding that Karabakh’s independence and security cannot be subject to any speculations.
03.11.2011
Perspectives of Karabakh settlement invisible yet – Arman Melikyan [ARM]
According to this news item, former Foreign Minister of the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Arman Melikyan said that stability on the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh is one of the recipes for the stability of the status quo. According to him, it can be assumed all the current efforts are taken to maintain the status quo as long as the conflict is not resolved, but the perspectives for a settlement are not visible yet. “In any case, this issue will contribute to the maintenance of the status quo which I think is not harmful,” said Melikyan.
04.11.2011
Tert.am
US’ goal is to keep Karabakh conflict unresolved, says Russian analyst [ENG]
The goal US pursues in the South Caucuses is keeping the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict unresolved, Russian journalist and analyst Maxim Shevchenko said. “The Americans’ goal is to keep the Karabakh conflict in a dependent situation by neither returning the territories to Azerbaijan, nor recognizing them as part of Armenia,” said he, adding that the US’s intention is to “permanently keep Karabakh as a boiling point, a potential source of war, because Karabakh is holding the entire South Caucasus in tension”.
04.11.2011
To speak about Karabakh settlement under these circumstances would be unrealistic [ARM]
This article says that MP of the Heritage party Stepan Safaryan said that the OSCE agenda has a task to ease the situation in the region as it would be unrealistic to speak about the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under current circumstances. According to him that is the reason the that meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers scheduled in Vilnius will mainly focus on the ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact.
Conflicting parties have taken a step back to 90s [ARM]
According to this news article, Petros Makeyan from the Armenian Democratic Homeland party said when it comes to the Karabakh conflict both Armenia and Azerbaijan have taken a step back to the 1990s in their stance. The reason, according to him, is that none of them wants to resolve the conflict because both realize that the longer they delay the settlement of the conflict, the longer they will remain in power. “Authorities in both Armenia and Azerbaijan have little differences in qualities,” said he.
05.11.2011
News.am
Statement on Karabakh to be adopted within framework of OSCE Ministerial Council [ENG]
This article says that a statement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement will be adopted during the OSCE Ministerial Council held in Vilnius on December 6-7. No separate document will be signed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, a diplomatic source told the news website. It also says that Armenian Foreign Ministry neither confirmed nor rejected the reports about the possible meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs and also with the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict in the framework of OSCE’s FM Council.
06.11.2011
Tert.am
Yerevan welcomes Moscow’s appeal to Armenia and Azerbaijan for settling Karabakh conflict [ENG]
According to this article Armenian Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandian said that “we can only express our support to the call RF Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed to the conflicting parties at the OSCE Ministerial Council’s meeting in Vilnius”. In his words, the Armenian side can only support the call for taking advantage of the proposals formulated as a result of Armenian-Azerbaijani presidential meetings President Medvedev has been arranging over the past two years.
Joint statement on Karabakh settlement adopted in Vilnius [ENG]
This article says the OSCE the heads of delegations representing the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries and the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council’s meeting in Vilnius a joint statement on Nagorno-Karabakh. The signatories reaffirmed the importance of reaching a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and agreed on the need to continue the negotiation process in the OSCE Minsk Group format and to improve the climate for making progress towards a peaceful settlement. It was also mentioned that Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents are ready to hold another joint meeting in the near future to continue their direct dialogue, based upon recent experience, on how to bring peace, stability, and prosperity to their peoples.
Russia calls for honoring Deauville agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh [ENG]
According to this news item, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process remains active under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. He also called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to be committed to the proposals offered at the Russia-mediated meetings, as well as the Deauville statement. “We are calling on the conflicting parties to take advantage of the proposals formulated as a result of the contacts President Medvedev has been arranging over the past two years. In their joint statement in Deauville this May the Russian, US and French leaders re-affirmed the proposals,” Lavrov said.
06.11.2011
1in.am
We sick and tried of sending messages to Azerbaijan – MP [ARM]
According to this article, MP for the Republican Party of Armenia, Hovhannes Sahakyan, said that judging from the statements by representatives of the international community over the Karabakh conflict we are convinced that it intends to find a negotiated settlement to the Karabakh conflict. He also said that yet a lot remains to be done when it comes to withdrawing snipers from the Line of Contact. He also said that “we are already sick and tired of sending messages to Azerbaijan”. “It’s the right time for those messages to be brought to life,” said he.
High time to make decisions over Karabakh – Jeanne Leone [ARM]
This article says that Jeanne Leone, French Minister on European Affairs said at the session of the OSCE Ministerial Council that France is committed to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict. “Despite the co-chairs’ efforts, the conflicting parties could not reach a peaceful settlement to the Karabakh conflict in 2011,” said he, adding that “we believe that the achieved results will contribute to the strengthening of the dynamics of the negotiations process in 2012”.
German foreign minister calls for continuation of talks over Karabakh [ARM]
This article says that German Foreign Minsiter Guido Westerwelle said at an OSCE session of the Ministerial Council that Germany attaches importance to the Minsk Group’s efforts aimed at the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “I am calling on them to continue the negotiations’ process next year too,” he was quoted as saying.
More active efforts needed by OSCE Minsk Group – Ahmed Davutoglu [ARM]
According to this article, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the OSCE Minsk Group should be more active in its efforts to reach a negotiated settlement to the Karabakh conflict. He also said that there are several unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area which negatively affect the activities of the organization and undermine trust towards it. “Talks over the Karabakh conflict settlement did not yield the desired results. Therefore, it is necessary that the OSCE Minsk Group make more efforts,” said Davutoglu.
Karabakh conflict can be resolved only through negotiations – Hilary Clinton [ARM]
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said that at a session of the OSCE Ministerial Council that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only through negotiations. “As stated by the OSCE Minsk Group co-charring countries in Deauville, the Karabakh conflict can be resolved only through negotiations, which will contribute to the establishment of an atmosphere of trust and stability,” said Clinton. She also said that Washington supports the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group.
06.11.2011
News.am
Armenia will continue to exert efforts towards peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict – FM [ENG]
This article says that Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a speech at the session of the OSCE Ministerial Council that “regardless of Azerbaijan’s unconstructive behavior, Armenia will continue to exert efforts towards the settlement of the Karabakh issue exclusively through peaceful means”. “Azerbaijan continues destabilizing drastic increase of military budget and accumulation of offensive military capabilities in violation of its international obligations and in defiance of common security goals combined with war rhetoric and in breach of one of the OSCE basic principles – the principle of non-use of force or threat of force,” said Nalbandian.
07.11.2011
Tert.am
Vilnius statement calls for peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict – expert [ENG]
According to this article, Alexander Markarov said that the joint statement adopted at the OSCE’s 18th Ministerial Council in Vilnius, Lithuania, calls for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “It is targeted at both conflicting countries, especially Azerbaijan. According to the document, the problems should be resolved based purely on peaceful methods,” said he.  Elaborating on the document, the expert particularly highlighted the importance of its first clause which says a peaceful settlement should be a priority not only for the Minsk Group but also the conflicting parties.
US diplomat finds coordination of Basic Principles possible [ENG]
US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza said that it is absolutely possible to agree on the Basic Principles for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also said that coordination implies specific details which require mutual trust by the parties. Considering the settlement of the Karabakh conflict a feasible task, Bryza stressed the importance of continuing the meetings between the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.
Azeri FM proposes basic peace agreement [ENG]
This news article says that Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that the “Nagorno-Karabakh peace process has lasted for 20 years and that territories remain occupied, and ethnic cleansing took place”. Further, he said that aware of the principles being a sound basis for progress in reaching a basic peace agreement, Azerbaijan is proposing working toward a basic peace agreement. Mammadyarov also said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a multi-aspect one, with such factors as military confrontation, return of lands and financial problems
Azerbaijan dissatisfied with OSCE MG member-states [ENG]
According to this news item, Ramiz Mekhtiyev, Head of Azerbaijan’s presidential staff, said that the OSCE Minsk Group’ efforts toward settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict cannot be considered satisfactory. According to Mekhtiyev, the Azeri people came to realize long ago that the OSCE Minsk Group member-states are allegedly giving offstage support to the “Armenian occupation policy.” The OSCE Minsk Group member-states must realize that the Azerbaijani people’s patience is not infinite – it has been exhausted, Mekhtiyev said.
07.11.2011
Lragir.am
What will Moscow propose to sign? [ARM]
The article says that the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will in all probability meet in Moscow on December 20 on the sidelines of a CIS meeting and Russia will propose them to sign a regular document on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in an attempt to resume its role of the main player in the peace talks. Further, it says that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the sides in Vilnius to return to the tripartite format to which both Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers gave consent. The article also says that Azerbaijani Foreign Minsiter Elmar Mammadyarov even suggested to immediately working on the peace agreement.
07.11.2011
News.am
Serbia supports Karabakh conflict settlement [ENG]
This article says that a statement issued by Serbia’s Foreign Ministry said that the country supports Karabakh conflict settlement based on territorial integrity and equal rights and self-determination of peoples. It also said that Serbia welcomes the December 6th, 2011 joint statement by the heads of delegation of Minsk Group Co-Chair countries and the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan made during the 18th Ministerial Council in Vilnius. “This is the position of Serbia which will remain unchanged once it assumes the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office [in 2014],” read the statement.
08.12.2011
RFEL
ICRC does not confirm a bigger number of Armenian hostages [ARM]
This article says that, Lorenzo Caraffi, Head of the Armenian delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said their colleagues in Azerbaijan told them that currently there are eight Armenian citizens held in hostage in Azerbaijan. It also says that Caraffi did not confirm an allegation by Armen Kaprielyan, Head of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, who said that in fact the figure is higher than presented. “We cannot say anything or confirm what Kaprielyan said,” said he, adding that according to the Geneva Third Convention, the sides are obliged to inform each other of the number of POWs.
08.12.2011
1in.am
Azerbaijan can make co-chairs seriously take the issue of deploying troops – Arman Melikyan [ARM]
According to this article, former Foreign Minister of the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Arman Melikyan said that the Vilnius statement is in fact against ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact. According to him, unless there is the good will of the conflicting sides, ceasefire violations will not stop which means there will be more investigations and which may eventually lead to a situation when the mediators will take measures to deploy peacemakers. By continuing ceasefire violations Azerbaijan may make attempts to make mediator be serious about the deployment of peacemakers.
08.12.2011
Epress.am
Baku considers statements by the West on Karabakh to be ‘ridiculous’ [ENG]
According to this news article, Head of the Foreign Relations Department of Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov said that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs know very well that the ongoing negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the steps taken do not yield the desired results. According to him, for 20 years the co-chairs have been making fruitless visits to the region. The West says, continued Mammadov, that the parties should resolve the issue themselves and the international community will support them, “but this looks ridiculous in the system of international relations,” he said.
09.12.2011
Panorama.am
NKR MFA: “Inter-community” format is unacceptable [ENG]
This article says that the Foreign Minsitry of the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said in a statement that Azerbaijan’s notion of “inter-community” is aimed at distorting the essence of the Karabakh issue and transforming the actual trilateral format of the conflict into a bilateral one, which is favorable for Baku. “The attempts to present the Karabakh conflict as ‘inter-community’ is a propaganda trick of Baku, trying to distract the international community from the real essence of the issue, which testifies again to Azerbaijani authorities’ lacking a political will and desire for a peaceful settlement of the conflict” read the statement. It also said that Karabakh considers the «inter-community» approach as having no future and dangerous.
09.12.2011
RFE/RL
‘International community violates rights of NK people’ [ARM]
According to this article, Yuri Hayrapetyan, the ombudsman of Nagorno Karabakh, told RFE/RL that it is the international community that violates the rights of the Karabakhi people, rather than the local authorities. The main violation, according to him, is that the Karabakhi people do not get the protection of international bodies when it comes to human rights. The second infringement is that the international community has not recognized the independence of Nagorno Karabakh yet.
09.12.2011
1in.am
Attempts to solve NK conflict through force will be disastrous – Thomas de Waal [ARM]
This article says that Thomas de Waal, an expert on Caucasian issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that in the coming two years none of the sides will think of solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the use of forces as such an attempt will have disastrous consequences. Speaking about Azerbaijan’s non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council, the expert said that the new status might strengthen Azerbaijan’s position as Baku is having another platform to raise the Karabakh issue. Further, he said that given OSCE Minsk Group countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council, they veto any initiative to introduce changes in the OSCE MG format.
OSCE Minsk Group discuss Karabakh in Russian Foreign Ministry [ARM]
This article says that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and discussed issues related to joint work on resolution of the Karabakh conflict based on the results of OSCE Ministerial Council held in Vilnius on December 6-7. The meeting was also attended by the newly-appointed French co-chair Jacques Faure.
09.12.2011
News.am
Azerbaijani official accuses OSCE for not pressing Armenia [ENG]
According to this article, Novruz Mammadov, an official at the Azerbaijani presidential staff, said Azerbaijan is calling on the co-chairing states of the OSCE Minsk Group to “abandon double standards while dealing with the Karabakh conflict settlement”. He said it is “disappointing that some Western countries, OSCE member states, international organizations, and co-chairing states, analyzing the processes occurring in the 21st century, and considering the fact that this conflict is a great threat to the European security, approach it within the norms of international law created by them”. “I think they should give up an offer ‘agree by yourselves, so that we could support you’,” he said in interview with Trend agency.
Karabakh conflict should be settled based on people’s right to self-determination -Lebanese President [ENG]
This article says that Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said during a visit to Armenia that
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be settled based on “principles of international law and people’s right to self-determination”. “Azerbaijan tried to discuss the issue at the Islamic conference session but we always spoke against the decisions condemning Armenia,” he said adding that the OSCE Minsk Group and world powers should make all the efforts to reach peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
Azerbaijan suffers diplomatic failure on Karabakh – Armenia’s ruling party [ENG]
According to this article, Gagik Melikyan, MP for ruling Republican Party of Armenia, said that “aggressive statements by the Azerbaijani high ranking officials addressed to the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs prove the complete failure of Azerbaijani diplomacy on Karabakh issue”.  Melikyan also said that representatives of the Azerbaijani presidential administration have expressed different viewpoints regarding mediators’ work during the last three days. “It proves that Baku is finally confused with the process of settlement and is unable even to form a common position at least for public,” Melikyan said
10.12.2011
1ina.m
That is not right to accuse OSCE Minsk Group of inactivity – Bernard Fassier [ARM]
According to this article French Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Bernard Fassier said, in response to statements by Azerbaijani officials, that it is not right to accuse the OSCE Minsk Group of inactivity. “We cannot make the sides accept the final version of the settlement. They should themselves come to such mutual consensus. And we should help them in that issue,” said Fassier. Further, he said today OSCE MG’s task is to prevent a fresh war. Fassier also said that the second achievement of the OSCE MG is that the conflicting parties now sit together at the negotiations table. In his opinion, following the Vilnius statement talks may become more active early next year at the presidential level.
12.12.2011
US Senator calls on Azerbaijan, Armenia to solve dispute peacefully [ENG]
This article says that US Senator Bob Casey called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to keep seeking peaceful ways for the settlement of the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, adding that the US is interested in stability in the region. “The US is interested in stability in the entire South Caucasus region, and I am calling on Azerbaijan and Armenia to continue work to solve the existing disagreements peacefully,” Casey wrote in the letter addressed to the US Azeris Network.
13.12.2011
Turkish official calls for return of ‘occupied lands’ [ENG]
This article says that Chairman of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, Cemil Cicek, said that his government’s primary task is to “assist in Azerbaijan’s efforts towards returning the occupied surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by Armenia.” “The protection of Nagorno-Karabakh’s rights is our foreign policy priority,” the Turkish official said. “What is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh is a major threat to peace and stability in the South Caucasus,” he added.
Turkish speaker links Armenia-Turkey deal with Karabakh settlement [ENG]
This article says that Chairman of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, Cemil Cicek, said that the normalization of Armenia-Turkey relations is directly linked with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Cicek also criticized the “West’s passive stance on Karabakh”.
13.12.2011
Epress.am
‘Liberation’ of Karabakh is equivalent to ‘liberation’ of Baku Armenians: opinion [ENG]
According to this article, Georgy Vanyan President of the Caucasus Center of Peace-Making Initiatives said that the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno-Karabakh don’t exist and didn’t exist at least since the beginning of the Sovietization of these territories. And there has never been a system of inter-community relations in Karabakh. According to him, the population of Karabakh was a Soviet society that was split along ethnic lines into two parts. “The Azerbaijani part of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas was deported, expelled. In the context of this confrontation, the ‘liberation’ of Nagorno-Karabakh is equivalent to the ‘liberation’ of Armenians from Baku, explained he.
14.12.2011
1in.am
Russia does its best over NK settlement [ENG]
According to this article, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin said that as a mediatory country Russia is doing its best for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “The proposals by the mediators include several issues around which there still can be negotiation,” said he, adding that it cannot be said that nothing can be changed in the present situation in the peace talks. Dorokhin also said that complaints about the efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group are, in fact, an incentive for them to continue the peace talks and undertake more active initiatives.
14.12.2011
News.am
Karabakh stands for peaceful solution to conflict [ENG]
This article says that the de facto President of Nagorno Karabakh Bako Sahakyan said that authorities in Karabakh carry out consistent work for strengthening the country’s defense capacity. He also said that Nagorno Karabakh stands for a peaceful settlement of the conflict through establishing a direct dialogue at the negotiating table. “However, it does not mean that we are not ready to give a fitting rebuff to any encroachment of the enemy if necessary. Any step threatening our freedom and independence will receive an adequate response and even something more,” he added.
14.12.2011
Tert.am
Hard decisions awaiting Sargsyan and Aliyev, says Bryza [ENG]
According to this article, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza said tough decisions are awaiting Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents to make over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Bryza, however, expressed hope that Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev will succeed in reaching an agreement over the proposals made by the mediators. “I believe that the heads of both countries will manage to achieve an agreement over the essence of the proposals on the table of negotiations because we cannot leave the basic issues aside,” explained the US official. Further, Bryza said that there is no way to solve the Karabakh conflict through military actions.



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