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Digest of Armenian media for Jan 15-31
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Scenario for Azerbaijan (ARM)
The article says that the statement by Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of European Commission, in which he said that the EU backs the principle of territorial integrity over the Karabakh conflict, was perceived in Baku as a diplomatic victory. It was also perceived as a proof of the fact that Baku has agreed to sell gas to Europe in return for EU’s promise to exert pressure on Armenia over the Karabakh conflict. But the author says that the Barroso’s statement testifies to the fact that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has not been given any promise; Barroso has simply taken a diplomatic step, and Aliyev cannot expect concrete actions from that step.
Karabakh issue closely linked to 1915 Armenian Genocide (ENG)
Referendum in Sudan, as well as Kosovo’s proclamation of independence serve as precedents in the process of international recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh, said Razmik Zohrabyan, Deputy Chairman of the Republican Party of Armenia. Zohrabyan also stressed that the Karabakh issue is closely linked to the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire. “The Armenian nation lost Nagorno-Karabakh being weakened after the Genocide and could not protect its interests,” he noted.
Authorities will attempt to maintain the status quo, says former FM (ARM)
Former Armenian Foreign Minsiter Alexander Arzumanyan says that the international community will hardly give great significance to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the near future given Turkey and US are expected to hold elections in 2011. According to him, the number one issue for Armenia is to prevent the resumption of the war. “The authorities, that have neither internal nor external legitimacy … attempt to do its best to maintain the status quo,” said he, adding that the Karabakh issue will be forgotten at the stage elections.
Mediators may neutralize the risk of the resumption war: Surenyants (ARM)
The resumption of the war in Karabakh is a real threat as long as there is no document signed, political analyst Suren Surenyants said. According to him, the threat of the resumption has significantly increased since last year given the statements the parties make. “The mediators can neutralize the risk of the resumption of the war,” said he adding that the mediators, however, do not have enough resources for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. Further, he said that no comprehensive document over Karabakh will be signed this year, though the negotiations will continue.
Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said that Tbilisi is ready to assume an active role in contributing to the dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan as it is interested in the settlement of this conflict. He also said that the conflict should be resolved based on the norms of the international law. Further, he said that the South Caucasus should be stabilized to accelerate its European integration.
“We should immediately demonstrate unity, economic activity and think about the economic development of the three countries in the region so that it will be possible to integrate to Europe,” said he adding that both the Georgian government and the people are interested in quick settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
Former Armenian Foreign Minister Alexander Arzumanyan said that Armenia did not have any progress over the Karabakh issue in 2010. In his word, in 2010 the thesis – adopted in Athens and according to which the international community sees Karabakh’s self-determination within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity – was strengthened.
“That was reaffirmed once again and approved of by all in Astana. Therefore, Armenia continues to be considered as a non reliable partner,” said he adding that it was also proved by the documents leaked by the WikiLeaks website which put Armenia in an inconvenient situation. Further, Arzumanyan said that the example of Kosovo is far more acceptable compared to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Citing a press release by the Defense Ministry of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, the article says that on January 14 an Armenian soldier was wounded by the Azerbaijani front troops on South-Eastern part of the Line of Contact. It also says that a similar incident took place on the following day on the Eastern part of the Line of Contact.
Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian and aggressive behavior confirms the conviction that Nagorno Karabakh does not have any future under Azerbaijani rule, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a visit to Cyprus. “Even more, Azerbaijan has neither legal, nor political, nor moral basis to have any intentions over Nagorno Karabakh. Of course, we are determined to solve the issue exclusively peacefully and through negotiations, but should Azerbaijan resort to adventures, our answer will be definitive,” said Sargsyan.
Cyprus admits self-determination is key issue in Karabakh process – Safrastyan (ENG)
Cyprus has admitted that people’s right to self-determination is a core principle in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, Turkologist Ruben Safrastyan said, adding that is the first time when both Cyprus and Armenia state in an official document that the right to self-determination should have legally binding effect in the process.
“The right to self-determination should have a predominant value in the Karabakh settlement process,” he stressed.
Latvia expresses full support of the peace talks within the Minsk Group format and does not seek to intervene in the process of the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, said Janis Zlamets, the head of Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Department on Bilateral Relations. He also said that Latvia’s stance fully coincides with the European Union’s position, i.e. the conflict should be settled based on the UN Charter and the principles of non-use of force, territorial integrity and people’s right to self-determinations.
A network of civic society called “Internationnal Rights of Refugees” said in a statement that no person or organization has the right to speak on behalf of the whole Azerbaijani-Armenian society. Neither Armenia’s authorities, nor the internationanl organization can press on the Azerbaiani-Armenians “to return to Baku or resettle in any other liberated territory in NKR or elsewhere”. It also said that the idea of creating a third Armenian state – the Republic of Azerbaijani-Armenians – poses threat to Karabakh’s territorial integrity.
The fact that Freedom House referred to Karabakh in its recent report as a “not free” country, significantly hinders the possibility of the realization of Karabakh’s right to self-determination in the peacetalks, the head of the Armenian Union of Political Scientists, Hmayak Hovhnanisyan said. Lernik Aleksanyan, member of the Republican Party of Armenia, in turn, said that the evaluations of the international agencies are often conditioned by political issues; therefore, the opinion of only one organization isn’t enough.
“The evaluation of an organization is very little, but anyway, it is very important and very dangerous,” he said.
The article says that about 50 representatives of the Armenian-Azerbaijani communities in Moscow participated in the opening ceremony of the website of the first feature film on Armenian-Azerbaijani relations – “Interrupted Song” (www.prervannya-pesnya.ru). The website has six sections. Together with others sections, the “Karabakh Conflict” section includes detailed information about the Karabakh conflict.
The possibility of the resumption of war in Karabakh has decreased after the OSCE summit in Astana, participant of the Karabakh war, Major-General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (nickname as Komandos) said. However, he said, Azerbaijan might not feel bound to refrain from its “belligerent statements and provocations,” as recently it several times attempted to violate the ceasefire regime recently. According to him, it would be fair for Armenia to achieve the settlement of the conflict peacefully, based on the right to self-determination, as opposed to Azerbaijan’s ambitions to maintain its territorial integrity.
The article says that Armenia’s embassy in Rome convened a press conference to introduce an initiative called “Italian Initiative for the Nagorno Karabakh” in an attempt to give the Italians a chance to get familiarized with the Karabakh conflict and its history. For that purpose the initiative has also launched a website (www.karabakh.it) which incorporates materials not only about the conflict, but also about the latest development over the conflict.
Alexander Iskandaryan: Cyprus cannot find solution to Karabakh issue (ARM)
Speaking about Armenian president’s visit to Cyprus and his speech made there, Armenian political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that Cyprus cannot play any role in the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, as it itself has problems with Turkey.
“It’s a small country, which itself has problems with Turkey. Eventually, it isn’t even a neighboring country. I don’t think that the president’s visit to Cyprus will have any significant role [in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict],” said he.
Lonsdale about Karabakh (ARM)
Asked why does Great Britain recognize South Sudan and Kosovo, but doesn’t recognize Karabakh, Great Britain’s ambassador to Armenia Charles Lonsdale said that every conflict has its peculiarities and therefore requires a specific approach. Lonsdale reiterated the Karabakh conflict should be resolved through the OSCE Minsk Group and based on the three basic principles – non-use of force, nations’ right to self-determination, and territorial integrity. He also said that NATO has the same approach too.
According to this article, the website of the first feature movie (“Interrupted Song”) on the Armenian-Azerbaijan relationship (available at www.prervannaya-pesnya.ru) was attacked allegedly by Azerbaijani hackers on January 19. All visitors were automatically redirected to Azerbaijani websites with anti-Armenian contents. The organizers, however, took necessary steps and fixed the problem.
According to this article the vice chairman of Azerbaijan’s parliament, Bahar Muradov, said that the society of Nagorno Karabakh should know that the war isn’t over and that military actions may resume any moment. Further, he said that Azerbaijan continues to take part in the negotiations and attempts to resolve the conflict peacefully.
“But Azerbaijan doesn’t stop its military preparations, as the world will never come to terms with a weak state,” said he, adding that Azerbaijan has achieved significant success in the military and other sectors and has shown Armenia that it will “never reconcile with the loss of its territories and with the intention of creating a second Armenian state in its region.”
In a statement the Foreign Ministry of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said that recently “Azerbaijani leadership’s attempts to interfere with the processes concerning the interests of the neighboring Nagorno Karabakh Republic are groundless and must be considered as another manifestation of hostility towards our country”.
“Unfortunately, any testimony for the consolidation of the NKR statehood causes inadequate reaction by Baku, as a result of which the Azerbaijani authorities often resort to state blackmail or other typical actions contradicting the modern system of international legal and moral standards,” read the statement.
According to this article, the front troops of the Azerbaijani army opened fire on the Armenian troops in the southern direction of the Line of Contact, killing an Armenian serviceman named Hovik Sukiasyan. The Defense Army’s retaliatory operations suppressed the Azerbaijani side which is reported to have suffered greater losses.
This article says that Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan held a meeting with a European delegation headed by Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner. Upon the latter’s request Nalbandyan briefed him on the recent developments over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They also spoke about other regional issues.
Speaking about a recent incident on the Karabakhi-Azerbaijani Line of Contact that left one Armenian conscript dead, the spokesperson of Armenia’s Defense Ministry said that this incident proves one more time that the Azerbaijani authorities either don’t control the situation on the Line of Contact or they incite. “The responsibility lies on the Azerbaijan authorities in both cases,” said he.
The article says that on June 27, 1990 the New York Times published an open letter over the massacres in the Soviet Union authored by about 150 professors, scientist, intellectuals, political and figures from various American and European universities. Stating “that in 1990 the Armenians became subjects of harsh and intolerable premeditated massacres” the authors of the letter expressed their deepest sorrow over those incidents. The letter refers also to the pogroms in Baku and Kirovabad with the authors saying that the horror of those events “has no limits”.
PACE seeks to enforce resolution 1416 – Chavushoglu (ENG)
According to this article, PACE President, Mevlut Chavushoglu, said that Azerbaijan seeks to resume the sub-committee dealing with Nagorno Karabakh. He also said that PACE’s objective is to implement the resolution within the sub-committee format, adding that the subcommittee which was suspended after its president’s death had always worked in an open manner. Further, he mentioned that certain politicians in Armenia considered the issue to be his personal project.
“That’s a wrong idea. I clarified the issue during my visit to Armenia. It’s not a personal project. It’s my obligation as the PACE President,” Chavushoglu added.
This article says that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will receive his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts Edward Nalbandyan and Elmar Mammadyarov in Moscow with a focus on the further prospects of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement. Further, the article says that Novruz Mammadov, the head of the Foreign Relations Department at the Azerbaijani presidential administration, announced earlier that this meeting in Moscow will determine the further course of the negotiations over Karabakh. He said the peaceful talks have been fruitless so far even though Azerbaijan intends to continue the process.
Azeri Ambassador to Russia warns actors against starring in film featuring Armenian-Azerbaijani relations (ENG)
Citing Yerkramas newspaper, the article says that Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu held meetings with Azerbaijani actors in Moscow theatres to warn them of the responsibility to the Azerbaijani state in case of agreeing to star in the film “Interrupted song”. It also says that many scenes of the film had been finally shot in December 2010 involving an actor of Azerbaijani descent. The latter, however, has reportedly refused to take part in the project because of the Azerbaijani media’s recent campaign.
Azerbaijan is ready to give Artsakh autonomy: Mammadyarov (ARM)
According to the article, Azerbaijani Foreign Minsiter Elmar Mammadyarov said in an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai that Azerbaijan is ready to start negotiations with an aim to give Nagorno Karabakh a high level of autonomy. “This is Azerbaijan’s approach which is backed by the international community, and no one will succeed in forcefully changing Azerbaijan’s borders,” Mammadyarov was quoted as saying. He also said that Azerbaijan “is not afraid of giving Karabakh autonomy”.
Semneby: EU’s stance on Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity is unchanged (ARM)
EU’s special envoy in South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, said at a meeting with journalists in Baku that EU’s stance over Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity is unchanged, adding that he will hold discussions over the issue with Azerbaijani government officials. He also said that the EU is worried over the fact that the Karabakh issue is not resolved yet.
“We are paying attention to all efforts initiated with the aim to settle this conflict … Of course there are principles for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict that should be followed. Our approach hasn’t changed,” he said.
‘We could not achieve satisfactory results in frozen conflicts’: PACE president (ENG)
According to this article, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mevlut Chavushoglu regretted about the fact that the PACE could not achieve satisfactory results in some of its undertakings. “Be it in Abkhazia, Transdnestria, Nagorno-Karabakh, and South Ossetia or on the island of Cyprus, it is difficult to see any meaningful progress in confidence-building over the last year. But we must and will continue our efforts because there is simply no other alternative,” he said.
This article says, that according to Konstantin Sivkov, a Russian military expert, Azerbaijan will in all probability try to enter Nagorno Karabakh at the end of 2011 or at the beginning of 2012. According to him, Azerbaijan is increasing its military potential on a daily basis by using its oil dollars. At the same time, he said he could not understand why Russia doesn’t take necessary steps to disarm the conflicting parties.
“Despite Azerbaijan’s significant military potential, the military actions unleashed against Armenia will be tense,” said he, adding that in such scenario the conflict can spread and involve other oil-rich regions such as the Caspian basin.
Settlement of Karabakh conflict will bring peace and security to region – Davutoglu (ENG)
Speaking at the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, according to this article, said that the settlement of the existing problems between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh will bring peace and security to the region.
Armenian side hasn’t open fire at Azerbaijani village: NK Defense Ministry (ARM)
According to this article, the Defense Ministry of the unrecognized republic of Nagorno Karabakh dismissed reports in the Azerbaijani media as if the Armenian front troops opened fire at the Chiragli village in Aghdam, killing one Azerbaijan civilian.
“That information is not true, just the usual disinformation,” Spokesperson of NKR’s Defense Ministry, Senor Hasratyan said.
Mevlut Chavushoglu, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said at a press conference that the draft that envisages the creation of subcommittee on Karabakh will be brought on the agenda of Council of Europe Bureau. He also said that the sub-committee will act within the authorities of the previous committee, adding that the establishment of that committee is not his own initiative, but rather his duty as the PACE chairman.
Armenia, Azerbaijan silent on fresh Karabakh talks (ENG)
This article says that Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan remained on Tuesday unusually reticent about a fresh meeting of their foreign ministers on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that was held in Moscow on January 24. It also said that none of the ministers made any public statements after the talks, adding that Armenia’s Foreign Ministry released a short statement, saying that “discussions of pressing issues related to the resolution of the Karabakh problem continued at the meeting”.
Russian diplomat says Karabakh conflict sinks in lies (ENG)
There is hardly any other conflict sank in lies more than the Karabakh dispute, Russian diplomat Vladimir Kazimirov said at a Yerevan-Moscow spacebridge.
“They say an agreement on strengthening of ceasefire regime should be reached. Great idea, no doubt, but the treaty was signed long ago. Leaders of the states and defense ministers put signatures under it on February 4, 1995. Why is Baku silent about it?” Kazimirov said, adding that Yerevan and Stepanakert had repeatedly called to appeal to the document.
Armenia’s intervention prevents Artsakh from making decisions independently – expert (ENG)
Gegham Baghdasaryan, a former MP of the parliament of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said that NKR will not be able to make decisions independently as long as the Armenian authorities intervene in its government-forming processes. However, he said that Armenia has much to do to contribute to the recognition of Karabakh, so as Karabakh could have its say in any matter concerning its interests. Speaking of the recent independence referendum in Sudan, he said it could not serve as a precedent for Karabakh as the referendum was held by the agreement of all the parties.
Azerbaijani media has confirmed reports about Bulbuloglu’s “conversations” (ARM)
The article says that Azerbaijani news agency Tuna has confirmed the report by Yerkramas newspaper according to which Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu is having what it calls “conversations” with Azerbaijani actors working at the theaters in Moscow and is threatening them not to play any role in the first feature film about Armenian-Azerbaijani relations – “The Interrupted Song”. It also says that the Azerbaijani actor who played many scenes in the film has already refused to continue his participation in the project over the “hysteria by the Azerbaijan media over the film”.
Probability of war has decreased but not, but still exists (ARM)
According to the article, Gagik Minasyan from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia said that the probability of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Karabakh has decreased but it still exists and is still posing threat. Further he said that Armenia’s recent agreements with its partners within the Collective Security Treaty Organization give it more grounds to act more self-confidently. But still, according to him, Armenia should not think that a war is impossible.
“That probability always exists, it is gradually decreasing, but hasn’t reached zero yet,” said he.
Speaking about violations of ceasefire accord, Gagik Minasyan, MP from ruling Republican Party of Armenia, said that the more prepared Armenia will be for a potential war the less likelihood of hostilities will be. He also noted that Armenia should use both internal and foreign resources to turn ceasefire regime into final peace, but at the same time it should give an adequate response to “Azerbaijani provocations”.
“Azerbaijan’s provocations should get an adequate response for Baku to think twice while doing it next time. They do not understand other language,” Minasyan said.
Karabakh doesn’t exist as a factor (ARM)
Chief-Editor of Karabakh-based magazine Analitikon, Gegham Baghdasaryan, thinks that peace process of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict should take place parallel with the international recognition of Karabakh, as recognition will contribute to the negotiations. However, Baghdasaryan thinks that the “two Armenian states” don’t do anything for the purpose, which is Karabakh’s greatest mistake.
“The worst thing is that Karabakh as a factor doesn’t exist in the latest decade. Karabakh should have its say over any related,” said he.
Situation in Karabakh conflict zone could spiral out of control: Jagland (ENG)
The situation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict could spiral out of control, Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe said, referring on the increased cases incidents and violations of the ceasefire regime along the Line of Contact. He also said that the “recent incidents involving human losses on the frontline may lead to worse consequences.”
“The risk of a new war will remain in the region until the conflict is resolved. Azerbaijan and Armenia, being members of the Council of Europe, assumed responsibility for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. I hope the situation does not worsen to such an extent,” he said.
Why Armenia cannot recognize Abkhazia, South Ossetia independence (ENG)
In an interview with Echo Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said that recognition of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Kosovo by Armenia is very important in terms of precedence for Karabakh. However, he said that Armenia cannot recognize any of them, without recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
“We do not recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic de jure because we’re negotiating with Azerbaijan. If we recognize [the de-facto republic] then what sense is there to negotiate? And if we continue negotiations on Karabakh, we cannot recognize other countries in a similar state,” said he.
Garabagh.org website targeted by Azerbaijan hackers (ARM)
The article says that the newly launched website Garabakh.org, which is published in Persian, has been attacked reportedly by Azerbaijan hackers. The website, which published information about Khojalu, Sumgait and pogroms in Baku, according to the article, gained a large readership in a few days and therefore drew the attention of what it calls “pan-Turkism” and was attacked subsequently. It also says that the website will soon resume its work.
German TV Channel reports on Karabakh (ARM)
The article says that the German TV channel ZDF prepared a report on Nagorno Karabakh in which it noted that sixteen years now after the conflict both Armenia and Azerbaijan are getting armed. Azerbaijan which, according to the TV channel, is rich and is getting also the backing of Turkey and Pakistan, wants to bring Karabakh back, while Armenia intends to hinder Azerbaijan’s efforts with Russia’s help. It also says that the Line of Contact stands between the two well-equipped, hundreds of thousands-strong armies, which are ready to attack each other.
Should Azerbaijan unleash war (ARM)
According to Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan, who is a participant of the Karabakh war and is known as “Komandos,” Azerbaijan will succeed in occupying some territories at the initial stage of the war, should it attack Karabakh, especially given the resources Azerbaijan has at its disposal. Further, he said, that the second phase will be one of balancing the forces, and the Armenian side will centre its forces and will retaliate, bringing back those territories already occupied by Azerbaijan, let alone, that it may occupy some new territories under Azerbaijan rule.
Serzh Sargsyan is convinced that a war is avoidable (ARM)
In an interview with Echo Moskvy, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan attached importance to the fact that both Armenia and Azerbaijan should comply with their commitment not to violate the ceasefire accord. He also said he is convinced that a fresh war is avoidable.
“I am convinced that the only way to resolve this conflict is to resolve it peacefully, and the only way to do that is to hold a referendum in Nagorno Karabakh or adopt the results of the previous referendum held in 1991, which are fully in line with the legislation of the Soviet Union and the international law,” said he, adding that the issue will be possible to solve only through compromises.
PACE Bureau decided to re-establish sub-committee on Karabakh (ARM)
The article says that the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided to re-establish the sub-committee on Karabakh issues. Zaruhi Postanjyan, member of the Armenian delegation in Strasburg, told the source that the Armenian delegation opposed to the initiative, but to non avail. Speaking to the source, Naira Zohrabyan, another member of the Armenian delegation, said that she personally met with a member of the Bureau and explained that any format other than the OSCE Minsk Group is simply unacceptable to deal with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
PACE committed procedural violation, by resuming sub-committee on Karabakh – Armenian MP (ENG)
According to this article, Naira Zohrabyan, member of the Armenian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said that by passing a decision to resume the sub-committee on Nagorno Karabakh, the PACE bureau committed a procedural violation at its Friday session. She also said the Armenian delegation had sent an open letter to the secretariat, stating in detail the reasons it considered the committee’s work unacceptable.
“All the representatives of the assembly were supposed to have one copy of the letter this morning, but the Armenian delegation members noticed that the copies were missing from their tables,” she said.
If we are forced into war, our blow will be final and destructive – defense minister (ENG)
Addressing an award ceremony dedicated to the 19th anniversary of the Armenian army, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said that “if Armenia is forced into a war, its blow to the enemy will be final and destructive.” He also said Armenia is currently facing extremely serious domestic and foreign challenges.
“Having pulled itself together after the losses suffered at wartime, Azerbaijan now uses every proper occasion to threaten Armenia with a new war. Violating the ceasefire regime and launching subversive acts, the enemy seems to be continuously testing our vigilance …. And yet, the possibility of new acts of violence and provocation is not ruled out,” he stressed.
Artsakh became part of Azerbaijan because of Kemalist-Bolshevik deal – Heritage (ENG)
Armenian Heritage party released a written declaration in which it said that “Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) never formed part of the Azerbaijani state, and it was because of the Kemalist-Bolshevik “deal” that it was annexed to Soviet Azerbaijan. If also said that even “though Azerbaijan still violates this ceasefire, the Armenians of Karabakh continue to peacefully build their democratic state guided by international norms and standards.
Resumption of the works of sub-committee on NK runs counter to the logic of the settlement: Artak Zakaryan (ARM) (ARM)
Artak Zakaryan, an Armenian MP, said according to this article, that the resumption of the works of the PACE sub-committee on Karabakh cannot positively affect the settlement of the Karabakh conflict as it runs counter to the logic of the peaceful settlement. Zakaryan also reminded the view expressed by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, according to whom, shifting the discussion of the issue into another platform will only aggravate the situation.
Resumption of PACE sub-committee on Karabakh is a display of Serzh Sargsyan’s diplomacy: Levon Zurabyan (ARM)
Coordinator of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC), Levon Zurabyan, said that the resumption of the works of the PACE sub-committee on Karabakh is a display of the diplomacy pursued by Armenia’s president. He also said that the ANC had warned PACE Chairman Mevlut Chavushoglu that the resumption of that committee would impede the Karabakh peace process spearheaded by the OSCE Minsk Group. According to him, the resumption of this sub-committee will create the illusion for Azerbaijan that it can be dishonest in the OSCE MG-brokered talks and may use other formats to strengthen its position in the talks.
NKR is an established state and deserves recognition by other countries: Heritage (ARM)
Opposition Armenian party Heritage issued a statement in which it said that with its aspirations to build a democratic country Nagorno Karabakh is an established state and deserves recognition by other states and membership in influential international organizations. It also said that several international observers, experts and journalists have observed local, parliamentary and presidential elections in Karabakh, qualifying them as in line with the international standards.
Sharmazanov: PACE sub-committee on NK will only hinder (ARM)
Speaking about the resumption of the PACE sub-committee on Karabakh, spokesperson for the ruling Armenian party, the Republican Party of Armenia, Eduard Sharmazanov said that it will only hinder the peace talks spearheaded by the OSCE Minsk Group. He also recalled that the same view had for several times been expressed by the OSCE MG co-chairmen. Referring to Armenia’s possible cooperation with the sub-committee, he said that cooperation cannot be effective.
CSTO helmets in Karabakh (ARM)
The article says that it appears as if Russia has resorted to active steps over the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, as Nikolai Bordyuzha, the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), said recently that the CSTO blue helmets are ready now and will soon initiate the design of the action plan. Further, it says that this news “surprisingly” coincided with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s interview to Echo Moskvy radio station, in which he said that Armenia is ready for a new referendum and territorial concessions. It also recalls, that Sargsyan accused the OSCE Minsk Group of failing to make Azerbaijan refrain from belligerence, and also thanked to Russia for its ability to restraining the arms race in the region.
Armenian side controls situation in border zone with Azerbaijan, Defense Minister says (ENG)
Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said that the Armenian side controls the situation on the border with Azerbaijan and is ready to rebuff any encroachments. Further, he said that today a relative peace has been established on the frontline. However, the truce, according to him, has been regularly violated since 1994 and snipers go on firing at Karabakh positions.
“We are ready to give an adequate rebuff to any encroachments of the enemy. We are ready not only to silence the enemy with a retaliatory fire, but also respond to Azerbaijan’s warlike statements.”
Protracting conflict settlement is not to parties’ advantage – Armenian FM (ENG)
In an interview with Russia Today TV channel, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that protracting the settlement of the Karabakh conflict doesn’t favour any of the parties, adding that “speeding up efforts to achieve the conflict settlement will be advantageous to all”.
“Before settling any conflict, it is necessary to prepare people in advance. It’s useless to think about public opinion post factum. What the Azerbaijani authorities are doing now is like putting fat on fire instead of preparing people for settling the conflict and making mutual concessions,” he said.
Artsakhi people has the same rights as others to maintain its won fate: RA FM (ARM)
Armenian Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandyan said in an interview with the Russian TV channel Russian Today that much in the same way as other nations in the world the people of Karabakh has the same rights to maintain its own fate. For that, according to him, it will be enough to consider the fact that majority of the US state members became independent through the implementation of their right to self-determination. Further, Nalbandyan said that each conflict has its own peculiarities, its roots, its dynamics, and developments, and therefore the conflicts cannot be compared.
Is there a principle of “maintaining territorial integrity” in international law? (ARM)
Ara Papyan, the head of Modus Vivendi Centre, says in this article that there is no such principle as “maintaining territorial integrity” in the international law. Instead, what is mentioned in the Article 4 of the UN Charter is that “all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations”. According to him, this provisions has nothing in common with the preservation of “territorial integrity”. Further, he says that the phrase “against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state” included in the UN Charter upon the request of some small countries as a guarantee that “force could not be used by the more powerful states in violation of the territorial integrity or political independence of weaker states”.
Re-establishment of PACE subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh to play a disorientating role, PAP MP says (ENG)
Vardan Bostanjyan of the Prosperous Armenia Party said that the re-establishment of PACE subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh was something undesirable, but expected, and it will play what he called a “disorientating role” in the peace talks. He also said that the re-establishment of the subcommittee is a violation of a number of international treaties and agreements.
“The involvement of other agencies will play a disorientating role. Consequently, I oppose this structure,” Bostanjyan said.
Sudanese referendum proved free self-determination is each nation’s unalienable right – Armenian FM (ENG)
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that Armenia hails the referendum in South Sudan, adding that the preliminary voting results there showed that free self-determination is each nation’s unalienable right.
“Over the 60 years of the United Nations history, the Sudanese people’s decision has become the freshest example of choosing self-determination as the only right way of resolving one’s own problems, and the international community definitely hails the process,” he said.
Ruling party says sub-committee on Karabakh will play no role in peace process (ARM)
According to this article, the spokesperson for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, Eduard Sharmazanov, said that the PACE sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh cannot play any role in the resolution of the conflict. He also said that the conflict must be resolved within the OSCE Minsk Group based on Madrid Principles.
“[Mevlut] Chavushoglu and other Turkish political figures succeeded in creating or re-establishing a sub-committee which will never play a positive or any role at all in the settlement of the conflict …” said Sharmazanov.
Political majority is to blame for the re-establishment of PACE sub-committee on Karabakh: Lilit Galstyan (ENG)
Lilit Galstyan of the Dashnaktsutyun party said that it is the political majority to blame for the resumption of the works of the sub-committee at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), adding that the Armenian delegation to PACE did its best to prevent that – but in vain. Further, she said that Armenia is having losses both in domestic and foreign politics, which boils down to the fact the together with its citizens Armenia display will and resoluteness to solve their issue themselves, as “no European court or agency will find remedies for us.”
Representatives of Azerbaijani Armenians send letter to UN Security Council (ARM)
The representatives of the Azerbaijani Armenians sent a letter to the UN Security Council in which they drew UN’s attention to the fact that it “does not react to the racial hatred” systematically incited by the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan in people’s mind living in part of the Western Trans-Caspian region currently under Azerbaijan control. It also says that the UN doesn’t pay due attention to the threats by Azerbaijan to conduct mass extermination of and deportations of people.
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