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Digest of Armenian Media for March 15-31



Azerbaijan has become a ‘terrorist’ state in South Caucasus [ENG]

Vahram Atanesyan, a senior official of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, said that Azerbaijan has become a terrorist state in the South Caucasus, though it is not currently any considering large-scale military operations.

“Today, Azerbaijan has become a terrorist state in the South Caucasus. It is declaring that if the conflict is not solved as it wants it to, then it will unleash a war,” said Atanesyan. “This is the same display as terrorism.”


It is more than 2 years since co-chairs are telling Armenia and Azerbaijan to remove snipers from Line of Contact [ARM]

According to the article, the OSCE French co-chair Bernard Fassier said in Baku that it is two years since they are telling Armenia and Azerbaijan to pull out the snipers from the Line of Contact. He also said that they were in Vilnius when they learned about the “killing of a 9-year-old Azerbaijani boy on the Line of Contact” and immediately released a statement.

“Had [the parties] listened to us, no such incidents would happen,” Fassier was quoted as saying.


NKR demands international probe into the death of Azerbaijani boy [ARM]

Vahram Atanesyan, a senior official of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said that the OSCE Minsk Group should urge on Azerbaijan and make it open a probe – involving international experts – into the circumstances of the recent killing of an 8-year-old Azerbaijan boy on the Line of Contact between Karabakh and Azerbaijan. He also said that the boy has become the victim of an incident and that neither Armenia nor Karabakh are to blame for that.


Co-chairs avoid listening to Stepanakert’s view: Vahram Atanesyan [ARM]

According to this article, the head of the Standing Committee of the parliament of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Vahan Atanesyan, said that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are avoiding visiting Karabakh as they “don’t have anything to tell Stepanakert.”

“We all understand that weather conditions can make them not to visit Stepanakert only once, but always,” said he.


Articles by Armenian scholars seriously offset Azerbaijani propaganda – young scholar [ENG]

Artak Maghalyan, a young Armenian scholar, said that the articles by scholars in international scholarly publications can serve as a “counterbalance to the Azerbaijani propaganda”. He also said that in 2008 alone Armenian scientists had a total of 540 scientific articles in international publications, while the scientists from Georgia and Azerbaijan had 328 and 292 articles, respectively.

“Besides, if an Armenian scientist manages to have a publication in international journals, voicing the pro-Armenian position, that brings a lot to the country, as well as the scientist,” the young scholar said.


Armenian side ready to return Azerbaijani POWs via Red Cross [ENG]

The article says that the Armenian side is willing to return the Azerbaijani prisoners of war via the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRIC).

“Pursuant to the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents’ March 5 agreement signed in Sochi with the mediation of the Russian leader, the Armenian side’s commitment to return the Azerbaijani prisoners of war via the ICRC was conveyed to the head of the ICRC Office in Yerevan on March 14,” reads the statement.

Third countries should not interfere in Karabakh peace process – NKR MP [ENG]

Draft resolution of Lithuania’s parliament on Nagorno-Karabakh will negatively affect the peace process, as biased opinion of a third country hinders resolution of the conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group, said Vahram Atanesyan, a Karabakhi MP. He also said he is hopeful that the draft bill would not be adopted by Lithuania’s parliament or would be approved after relevant amendments are made. He also called for Lithuania’s unbiased stance on Nagorno-Karabakh issue.


Austria for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh [ENG]
According to the article, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said that Austria calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to redouble efforts to seek a solution to the Karabakh conflict through negotiations and is ready to offer its support. He also stressed that the conflicting parties should step up efforts within the OSCE Minsk Group and continues confidence-building measures.



EU supports peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict – Jose Manuel Barroso [ENG]
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said that the EU supports a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of the principles of non-use of force, territorial integrity and the self-determination of peoples. He also said that the EU lends its full support to the OSCE Minsk Group and will continue to promote regional cooperation and good neighborly relations through the multilateral track of the Eastern Partnership.

“We remain seriously concerned about continuing armed incidents at the Line of Contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and the ongoing militarization in the region … The persistence of this conflict remains a major impediment to development in the region,” he said.

Armenian president deems Azerbaijan’s accusations to be defamatory [ENG]
The articles said that at a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in Yerevan Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan reaffirmed Armenia’s readiness to continue negotiations within the framework of agreements reached during the last meeting of the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in Sochi. It was noted that Armenia has taken steps following the meeting toward informing the public and creating an environment of mutual trust between the parties. In addition, attention was paid to Azerbaijan’s continuing threats following the Sochi meeting, as well as disseminating misinformation that a nine-year-old child was killed by an Armenian sniper.
Armenians, Azeris and Jews Unite in Russia, Establish Single NGO [ENG]
This news item says that Armenian, Azeri and Jewish communities of Lipetsk, Russia, decided to come together and form a single NGO. According to Vladimir Malkhasyan, the head of the Lipetsk branch of the Union of Armenians of Russia, inter-ethnic communication and the idea of establishing a non-governmental organization was born about three years ago.

“We are all well aware of the current turbulent times, when more and more disagreements arise on national grounds; thus, the need to learn more about each other, to become familiar with national traditions and culture arises,” he said.
Azerbaijan threatens to annihilate aircrafts flying to Stepanakert’s airport [ENG]

According to this article, Azerbaijan threatens to annihilate aircrafts flying to Nagorno-Karabakh’s airport, if Karabakh authorities reopen the Stepanakert airport, Director of Azerbaijan’s Civil Aviation Administration Arif Mammadov said. “Our airspace is closed over Karabakh. According to law on aviation, it is considered to annihilate those aircrafts which fly even to there,” Mammadov said.


Erdogan says resolution of Karabakh conflict to help normalize Armenia-Turkey relations [ENG]
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a speech in Moscow that the resolution of the Karabakh conflict will play a certain role in normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey. Speaking about the Sochi meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders held through Russian president’s mediation, Erdogan called Dmitry Medvedev’s initiative to hold negotiations an important one.


Armenia, Azerbaijan swap captives [ENG]

According to the article, under the agreement reached between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in Sochi on March 5, sergeant of the Azerbaijani army Anar Hajiyev, held in captivity in Nagorno Karabakh was handed over to the Azerbaijani authorities in a border village between Karabakh and Azerbaijan. Simultaneously, resident of the Armenian village of Haghartsin (Tavush region) Arthur Badalyan (born 1978) was handed over to the Armenian side.


Azerbaijan threatens to hit Karabakh planes [ENG]
The article says that Azerbaijan is threatening to shoot down planes flying to the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Republic if its authorities re-open the airport constructed near the capital town of Stepanakert. The Azerbaijani government warned the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last October that it does not authorize any flights to Karabakh.
“We notified that the airspace over Karabakh is closed. The law on aviation envisages the physical destruction of airplanes landing in that territory,” Arif Mammadov, the director of Azerbaijan’s Civil Aviation had told Azerbaijani news agency APA.
OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs issue statement [ENG]

The article says that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs issued a statement in which they said that they urge the parties to take advantage of the positive momentum created at the Sochi Summit and to focus on the priority issues in order to make progress in reaching an agreement on the Basic Principles for Resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict. They also stressed that recent events along the Line of Contact, before and after the Sochi Summit, had demonstrated the urgent need for such a mechanism and called upon all the parties to respect the ceasefire.


Azerbaijani POW refuses to return to his country [ENG]

The article says that Spokesman for Armenian Defense Ministry David Karapetyan said that Azerbaijani prisoner of war Roman Huseynov refuses to return to Azerbaijan. It also says that the Armenian side will transfer the Azeri POW as soon as he is psychologically ready to return to his country. For this reason, at the moment no repatriation is being organized, Karapetyan said.


Armenian PM proposes to settle Karabakh conflict with help of “European values” [ENG]

According to this article the Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said that the parties should negotiate to come to an agreement over the Nagorno-Karabakh, adding that a key principal in the Karabakh peace process is that there is no alternative to the peaceful resolution.

“If the sides have different notions of conflict settlement, their perception of justice greatly differs. Perception of justice is a value system,” he said adding that the best assistance in peace process is formation of a common platform of values in the region.


Swedish parliament hosts discussion on Nagorno Karabakh conflict [ENG]

The article says that upon the initiative of the Armenian-Swedish parliamentary group, the Swedish parliament organized a discussion, focusing on the chronology of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and human rights issues, the people’s right to self-determination and territorial integrity and the further prospects and possible developments in the conflict settlement process. It also says that present at the discussion were several outstanding scholars and experts.


OSCE Chairman-in-Office urges for snipers’ withdrawal from contact line [ENG]

This article said that the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis said at a meeting with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan that the OSCE continues supporting the Minsk Group’s mediatory efforts in the Karabakh conflict settlement. At a news conference the two diplomats also reiterated support to the co-chairs’ activities and proposals, calling on the conflicting parties to withdraw snipers from the contact line.


Azerbaijan’s threats to Stepanakert airport classical example of terror – NKR presidential spokesman [ENG]
This news item says that the spokesperson of the presidential administration of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh David Babayan said that Azerbaijan’s statements to shoot down civilian planes to Stepanakert are classic examples of terror.

“It is a statement that a normal person couldn’t have made,” he said, commenting on a recent statement by the director of Azerbaijan’s Civil Aviation Administration that Azerbaijan has warned that the airspace over Karabakh is closed and that “the law on aviation envisages the physical destruction of airplanes landing in that territory.”


New starting point is needed over Karabakh – OSCE chairperson-in-office  [ENG]

The parties involved in the resolution of the Karabakh conflict should not stop and should continue the peace talks from a positive starting point, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Audronius Azudalis said at a meeting with Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan. He also considered the results of the meeting by Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Sochi on March 5 as positive.

Karabakh youth hold protested outside Foreign Ministry in Yerevan [ARM]

The article says that representatives of Karabakh youth organized a protest outside the building of Armenia’s Foreign Ministry where Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan was meeting with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Audronius Azubalis. It also says that the demonstrators placed posters reading “No to Interim Status of Nagorno-Karabakh”, “No to Madrid Principles”, “Recognize NKR People’s Right to Self-Determination”.

Armenia, Azerbaijan should remove snipers simultaneously, oppositionist says [ENG]

Member of the opposition alliance Armenian National Congress, Vladimir Karapetyan, said that both Armenia and Azerbaijan must remove snipers from the line of contact simultaneously.

“Although OSCE Chairperson-in-Office’s statement is a good wish, both sides should be called to remove snipers,” said he, adding that numerous cases of ceasefire violation by the Azerbaijani side should be taken into account.


NKR President considers Azerbaijan’s behavior does not inspire confidence [ENG]

President of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Bako Sahakyan said that “Azerbaijan’s behavior does not inspire confidence” that it is ready to resolve the Karabakh conflict. Commenting on the proposal by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andronious Azubalis to move the snipers from the Line of Contact, Sahakyan said that such a proposal is appropriate in case the “sides display constructive approach”. He also stressed the necessity of making steps aimed at easing tension on the Line of Contact.



OSCE monitoring failed – Nagorno Karabakh Defense Ministry [ENG]

The article says that the Foreign Ministry of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Republic issued a statement, accusing the Azerbaijani authorities of preventing the OSCE mission to conduct a monitoring on the Line of Contact line between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan. The monitoring, scheduled on March 17, did not take place because of the Azerbaijani authorities’ refusal, the statement said.



Bryza condemns Azerbaijan’s threat against Stepanakert Airport [ARM]

The article says that US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza said the use of threat of using force in the conflict zone, including against civilian aircrafts is “unacceptable”. He also said that it will run counter the obligations assumed by Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents. “We are calling on the parties to solve the security problems of the civilian aviation before the opening of a new airport in Nagorno Karabakh,” said Bryza.

Parliamentary hearings on Karabakh conflict in Bern

The article said that Switzerland-Armenia parliamentary group initiated parliamentary hearings on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Bern. It also says that the speakers mainly touched upon the notions of territorial integrity and peoples’ eight to self-determination.


Karabakh president excludes unilateral withdrawal of snipers [ENG]
Bako Sahakyan, the President of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, said that at this stage, it would be hard for Karabakh to unilaterally withdraw snipers from the Line of Contact, “since Azerbaijan continues to violate ceasefire agreement, which was put in place a long time ago”.

“We believe that such suggestions may be taken into consideration only when all sides are demonstrating positive approach. Today, we have grounds to announce that during the past several years Azerbaijan has violated, on numerous occasions, previous agreements. Under such circumstances, we cannot unilaterally accept Mr. Azubalis’ proposal,” said he.

What does Karabakh want? [ARM]

The article says that once again the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs held a meeting, while Karabakh stressed that the peace talks cannot be effective without its participation. Further, it says that this has happened for several times and that no one is tired of repeating things because it is beneficial for everyone. According to the article it would be better that not only new people would participate in the peace talks over the Karabakh conflict, but also new ideas would be brought around.

Minsk Group must give concrete response to Azerbaijan’s non-constructive behavior, Armenian MP says [ENG]

According to the article, Republican Party of Armenia MP Artak Zakaryan said that the OSCE Minsk Group should give a “concrete response to Azerbaijan’s non-constructive behavior,” as it continues to “violate the ceasefire regime and its uncompromising stance hinders the conduct of international monitoring in the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces.  “If Azerbaijan implements its military threats, the third Armenian state will be established,” said he.


OSCE should work with Azerbaijan, not Karabakh and Armenia – Nalbandyan [ENG]
Armenia’s Foreign Minister said that first the OSCE should talk to Azerbaijan, rather than with Armenia, so to remove snipers, as “Azerbaijan is persistently rejecting all the proposals of the international community”. “Such proposals have been made also by the [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-Moon. Such proposals have been made by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs … but up to day Azerbaijan is persistently rejecting these proposals. This is the reality,” Nalbandyan explained.


US Ambassador criticizes Azerbaijan’s threat to bomb Stepanakert airport [ENG]
According to this news item, US Ambassador to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch said that Azerbaijan’s threats to bomb the newly constructed airport in Stepanakert are absolutely unacceptable. She also said that such threats do not stem from the principles Azerbaijan was expected to follow to achieve a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Yovanovitch also stressed that the US has a serious approach to all those principles, focusing particularly on the non-use of force. “It is necessary to fix progress to avoid incidents,” she said.

U.S. Ambassador says no military solution to Karabakh conflict
The article says that US Ambassador to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch rules out the resolution of the Karabakh conflict by military means. Yovanovitch also said that the US is closely cooperating with the OSCE Minsk Group partners, noting the mediators repeatedly stated the conflict should be solved through talks. She also said that the Co-Chairs have recently held meeting with the conflicting parties to maintain the momentum created in Sochi. She also stressed importance of progress in the peace process and avoiding new incidents in the line of contact.



Status quo is unacceptable – OSCE MG co-chairs [ENG]

According to the article, the OSCE co-chairs released a statement in which they said that status quo in the territories around Nagorno Karabakh is unacceptable. They also said “only a peaceful, negotiated settlement can bring the prospect of a more certain future to the people who are living in the territories around Nagorno Karabakh and those who used to live there”.

“Noting the continuing importance of restraint by the sides both on the ground and in public statements, the Co-Chairs consider unacceptable any use or threat of force, including against civil aircraft. In that respect, they strongly condemn the senseless cycle of killings and retaliations along the front lines …,” read the statement.


OSCE urges to avoid any activities in territories surrounding Karabakh [ENG]

The article says that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs urged on Armenia and Karabakh to avoid any activities in the territories surrounding Nagorno Karabakh. In a report of a Field Assessment Mission the OSCE co-chairs conducted to the seven regions surrounding Nagorno Karabakh (NK) from October 7-12, 2010, they said any activities there or other disputed areas would prejudice a final settlement or change the character of these areas.

“In traveling more than 1,000 kilometers throughout the territories, the co-Chairs saw stark evidence of the disastrous consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the failure to reach a peaceful settlement,” read the summary report of the Field Assessment Mission.

Further, it said that the towns and villages that existed before the conflict are now abandoned and almost entirely in ruins.


Karabakh conflict not likely to be settled through peace talks – Manoyan [ENG]
Senior official of the Dashnaktsutyun party Giro Manoyan said that the peace talks over Nagorno Karabakh are highly unlikely to settle the conflict. According to him, “the negotiations should be held in parallel with a campaign aimed at achieving the international recognition of Karabakh”.
Speaking of Azerbaijan’s recent threats to bomb the Stepanakert airport, Manoyan said it might unleash a new war. “That will not be just a violation of ceasefire; it will mark the beginning of a new war,” he said.

Azerbaijan tries to attribute any fatal incident to Karabakh side, NKR Defense Army [ENG]

According to this news piece, the Defense Army of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said in a statement that “Azerbaijan heightens tension in the line of contact, spreading misinformation about the death of an Azerbaijani soldier last week.”

“By force of habit Azerbaijan is trying to attribute to the Karabakh side any fatal incident in their armed forces caused by interpersonal relations, including cases of March 21 and 23. Doing so Azerbaijan is pursuing two goals: firstly to hide real situation in demoralized army from local citizens, and secondly – to present Defense Army as an aggressive side.


Armenian President promises to do everything for peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict [ENG]

At a meeting with a participant of the Karabakh was in Shirak region, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said promised to do “his utmost for peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict.”

“As the president of Armenia I promise to do everything for the conflict to be resolved peacefully,” he said adding it will be the best tribute to the memory of killed soldiers. “They managed to protect Motherland at the expense of their lives, while we should manage to make peace,” he noted.


Russia hopeful no incidents will happen in Karabakh conflict zone [ENG]

Senior Russian Foreign Ministry official Alexander Lukashevich said that Russia is hopeful there will be no incidents in the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Nagorno-Karabakhi armed forces in the future. He also said that the parties are interested in continuing dialogue, preventing incidents, rejecting violence and drawing up a common formula for resolution of the conflict, said, Russia 24 television reports.

“We have recently intensified our work with Yerevan and Baku,” he said stressing importance of meetings between Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in Sochi. He noted that reached agreement will be basis for further acceleration in talks.


OSCE Minsk Group most professional format to resolve Karabakh conflict [ENG]

Hovhannes Sahakyan, MP of the ruling Armenian Republican Party said that the OSCE Minsk Group is the most professional format to resolve the Karabakh conflict. He also stressed that the Minsk Group, unlike other structures seeking for a mandate to resolve the Karabakh conflict, has studied thoroughly the background of the problem and will never make ungrounded or biased statements.

“Unlike other international structures, statements of the OSCE Minsk Group are balanced and unbiased, as the mediators pay regular visits to the region, visit the line of contact and are familiar with the real situation in the conflict zone.” he said.



MP says territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh should be populated [ENG]

According to the article, MP of the Rule of Law party Hovhannes Margaryan said the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh are a security zone when it comes to the settlement of the

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “However, Azerbaijan’s constant military rhetoric prevents from settling these territories, as people are afraid of living there,” he said, commenting on the publication of the results of the recent Field Assessment Mission conducted by the OSCE.


OSCE Co-Chairs’ report contains unacceptable provisions for Armenian side, MP says [ENG]
This news item says that MP from Prosperous Armenia Party Naira Zohrabyan said the report of OSCE assessment mission on situation in the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh contains many unacceptable provisions “It is time for the Co-Chairs to indicate precisely the addressee of their statements,” she said.


World community’s stance on Nagorno-Karabakh borders differs from ours, ARFD says [ENG]

The OSCE Co-Chairs’ remarks about poor living conditions of residents of the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh is a disgrace to the Armenian side, Vahan Hovhannisyan, the head of Dashnaktsutyun party said. He also said that if Armenian side had been engaged with settlement of the territories and creation of normal living conditions, the international community’s position would be different, “whereas Baku’s statements would be less impudent.” “International community’s notion on Nagorno-Karabakh’s borders differs from ours. They consider borders of Nagorno-Karabakh coincide with those of former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO). For us it is the territory of former NKAO and surrounding regions,” he said.



Co-chairs are simply mediators or an attempt to resurrect Stalinism in the region if taken separately  [ENG]

The head of the Modus Vivendi centre Ara Papyan says in this article that the OSCE co-chairs obviously exceeded its authorities in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict by using the phrase “the seven occupied territories of Azerbaijan surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh” in the report on the Field Assessment Mission. He also says that the Minsk Group has not been authorized to decide on the status or on the future of any territory – something that is up to the conflicting parties to decide.



OSCE assessment mission’s report biased, Karabakh MP says [ENG]
MP of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Armen Sargsyan, said that the report of the OSCE Field Assessment Mission is biased. According to him, the mission’s task to conduct research only inside Nagorno Karabakh and in the territories forming a security zone was initially wrong. “There was no task to conduct mission in the territories controlled by Azerbaijan [meaning Shahumyan region, part of Martakert and Martuni regions],” he noted, adding that the mission’s goal to find way to establish peace and resolve Karabakh conflict, should not be one-sided.


OSCE Field Assessment Mission report did not fulfill Azerbaijan’s expectations, Karabakh MP says

According to this article, MP of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Vahram Atanesyan, said that Azerbaijan pinned great hopes to OSCE Field Assessment Mission’s report on territories surrounding Karabakh but those hope were not fulfilled. “It is clear to everybody that the mission was conducted on the initiative of the Azerbaijani side.  I think, the Azerbaijani side, to put it mildly, was not encouraged by the report,” Atanesyan noted.



Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s comment on report by OSCE Field Assessment Mission [ARM]

The article says that the Spokesperson of Armenia’s Foreign Ministry, Tigran Balayan, while commenting on report by OSCE Field Assessment Mission conducted in the territories around Nagorno Karabakh that are currently under Armenian rule, said that the report represents the co-chairs’ opinion of the current situation there and much in the same way as the previous report, it denies “the misinformation disseminated by the Azerbaijani propaganda”. Further he said that Armenia shares the co-chairs’ view that only the peaceful settlement can ensure a more clear vision of the future in the region.

International Crisis Group to prepare reports on Karabakh

A report issued by International Crisis Group says that despite increased international interest, including the personal involvement of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the prospects of a resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict now seem at its lowest point in years. “The failure to secure a “Basic Principles” agreement before the December Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) summit in Astana – the first in a decade – was deeply troubling. The political deadlock was accompanied by an increase in violence over the summer – fall,” the report says.


Parties need to resolve security issues before opening Stepanakert Airport – Mathew Bryza [ENG]

According to this article, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said that Armenia and Azerbaijan should solve the issues related to the security of the Stepanakert airport before its opening. Speaking to journalists in Baku Mathew Bryza said that he agreed with the US administration’s view that the parties should before the opening of the airport in Karabakh’s capital discuss the issues that raise concerns. “We think that the details can be discussed,” Bryza was reported by the Azerbaijan news agency Trend as saying.

When Qatar recognizes Karabakh [ARM]

The article says that France and Qatar recognize the legitimacy of the Libyan rebel, while Nagorno Karabakh has for 20 years now not been recognized. It also says that though Libya and Karabakh are various cases, they still have something in common – the institute of recognition. Saying that France would hardly recognize a political force – the rebels in Libya’s case – had it not seen any political potential in them, the article raises an issue of whether the de facto authorities of Karabakh have any political potential.

Karabakh’s status quo may sound good for someone, Bradtke says [ENG]
OSCE Minsk Group US Co-Chair Robert Bradtke said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not a frozen, but rather a continuing one. Speaking at a conference on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington Bradtke said the people in the region deserve a better future with stability and prosperity and that they should get chances for such future.

The situation is not stable yet. This conflict doesn’t get covered in newspapers often,” Bradtke said. “The status quo, even if it sounds good for someone, doesn’t give stability.”


Membership of Armenia, Azerbaijan to EU may resolve Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, Alexander Rahr says [ENG]

Alexander Rahr, Director of the Russian/Eurasia Program, German Council on Foreign Relations said that the international community’s aspiration to involve Armenia and Azerbaijan in the European Union and NATO may resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the long-run. According to him, if both countries join one of these international organizations, it will give an opportunity to come to an amicable agreement.

“Today there is a small likelihood of war resumption. Status quo is of benefit to all sides, except for Azerbaijan. The international community has sufficient weight to deter from undesirable developments in the region,” he said.



Both Armenia and Azerbaijan refused to withdraw snipers from line of contact, OSCE head says [ENG]

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis said that following the Presidents’ meeting in Sochi there is certain room for progress in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. The OSCE Minsk Group goes on working, though the Co-Chairs are often criticized by those, who are unaware of the Minsk Group’s activities, he added. Azubalis also stressed that the mediators’ proposal to the conflicting parties through the Russian Presidents’ mediation is a major base for progress. However, the Minsk Group will not resolve the conflict between the parties. It can offer plans to the sides, but if the parties lack political will, no one will achieve a conflict resolution, Azubalis noted.



Switzerland closely follows developments around Karabakh conflict [ENG]
Switzerland’s President Michelin Kalmy Rey said that the country keeps track of the developments around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and that a settlement to the Karabakh conflict would be possible only through peace talks. She also said that Switzerland backs the efforts by the Minsk Group of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe.


Armenian president says he’ll be first passenger of Yerevan-Stepanakert flight [ENG]

According to the article, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, speaking about the newly constructed airport in Stepanakert, said that he will be the first passenger of the first flight from Yerevan to Stepanakert. “I will be the first passenger of the Yerevan-Stepanakert flight. The population of Nagorno Karabakh has the right to benefit from air transport services. That’s undoubtedly true.”


Armenia and Azerbaijan are at it again – National Interest [ENG]

In this article British journalist Thomas de Waal says that the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev “temporize and avoid signing up to an agreement whose outline has been obvious for around six years now – gradual withdrawal of Armenian forces from the territories around Karabakh in exchange for the promise of a referendum in the future – because they are either afraid or unwilling to agree to comprises that carry too many risks for them.”

“If Key West was Karabakh’s missed “Dayton moment,” the differences are instructive. To make the Dayton peace for Bosnia work, Richard Holbrooke had many instruments at his disposal which the Karabakh mediators do not,” de Waal wrote.





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