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Digest of Armenian Media for May 1-14


What OSCE co-chairs say, has nothing to do with reality – Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan
According to this news article, Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Major-General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan, said that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs use diplomatic language which does not reflect the reality. “Our leaders can hardly get the co-chairs to release statements reflecting the real situation,” said Ter-Tadevosyan while commenting on the statement by the OSCE Minsk Group which condemned a ceasefire violation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border that claimed three lives.

The more stable Armenia’s political filed, the better for NK – Davit Babayan
According to this news article, Davit Babayan, spokesperson for the de facto president of Nagorno Karabakh, said that the more stable the domestic political situation in Armenia, the better it will be for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Babayan made the statement in response to a question as to which party will win in Armenia’s parliamentary elections.

Karabakh issue must be raised on the level of Secretary of State – Bryza [ENG]
According to this news item, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said that the process of normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations negatively affected the Karabakh peace process. Bryza also said that one should not expect a peace agreement on Karabakh until U.S. government is engaged in the process of sufficiently higher level. The risk of military conflict is growing, he added.

It’s necessary to continue searching peaceful settlement for Karabakh conflict – US envoy [ENG]
US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern said that the only way of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is through talks. “We condemn the ceasefire violation regime on the line of contact and the rhetoric of some leaders,” said he, adding that the OSCE MG Co-Chairs said in their statement that it is necessary to maintain the ceasefire regime.

Co-Chairs will not allow Azerbaijan
This article says that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, at a meeting with his Uruguayan counterpart Louis Almagro, spoke about Azerbaijan’s chairmanship at the UN Security Council, as well as about the possibilities of what he called “anti-Armenian resolution” on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be brought forth by Azerbaijan. Nalbandian also said that Azerbaijan may make attempts to bring that resolution to the UN Security Council, adding that one should be realistic about it in the sense that the OSCE Minsk Group will not allow that to happen.

Serzh Sargsyan orders fortified military duty on Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line [ENG]
According to this news article, Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, visited the Ministry of Defense and held a meeting with the top brace of the ministry and was briefed on issues like army building, improvement of armed forces capabilities, as well as recent regional and military-political situations, situation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line, measures undertaken to keep peace along the border. Serzh Sargsyan ordered to fortify military duty on Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line and to undertake continuous measures to increase military capability and discipline of soldiers.

Uruguay sees Karabakh conflict settlement within Karabakh’s self-determination [ARM]
This article says that Uruguayan Foreign Minister Louis Almagro said at a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan that his country sees nations’ right to self-determination as the key principle in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also said that Uruguay respects all the principles accepted by the UN, but at the same time thinks that there can be no military solution to the conflict.

Edward Nalbandian’s response to Ilham Aliyev [ENG]
According to this article, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, referring to the speech by the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the UN Security Council, said that instead of re-affirming Azerbaijan’s commitment to the peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict, Ilham Aliyev is taking advantage of using the UN Security Council as a platform to deliver a speech based on “lies and fraud”.  Nalbandian also recalled that Ilham Aliyev had also said in that speech “Armenians all over the world are the number one enemy of Azerbaijan”.

Military says Azerbaijan may commit more incitements [ENG]
Armenian military expert Artsrun Hovhannisyan said that the recent “incitements committed by Azerbaijani armed forces differ as they target mainly civilians”. “This is not an innovation, but it has become more intensified. The goal is obvious – we are holding elections and the spring drafting has kicked off,” he said. He also said that it is not a coincidence that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan ordered to fortify military shift on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line.

Solution to Karabakh conflict hardly feasible in near future [ARM]
According to this article, some European experts expressed opinion in an EU-funded report that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is less likely to be resolved any time in the near future. The expert said that further deepening of relations with European Union will pave the way for Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict. They also said that in comparison to the Abkhazian and South Ossetian conflicts, the NK conflict is more difficult as several regional players are involved in it.

Matthew Bryza Criticizes US Policy on Karabakh [ENG]
This article says that former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza criticized US President Obama’s policy on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying the administration has spent more time on Turkey-Armenia normalization to the detriment of the Karabakh conflict. “Washington lost its way in the last couple of years,” Bryza was quoted saying. He asserted that normalization between Turkey and Armenia would not be possible without progress in the Karabakh conflict.

Karabakh conflict included in Moscow’s priorities [ARM]
This article says that upon assuming his presidential responsibilities Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin signed 11 documents with one of them relating to Russia’s foreign policy and reaffirming Moscow’s further active role in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. However, the document makes no mention of the principles of nations’ right to self-determination or territorial integrity. The document also says that Russia will continue to actively cooperate with the OSCE Minsk Group over the resolution of the Karabakh conflict.

OSCE chairman-in-office special rep. on Karabakh conflict settlement [ENG]
According to this news article, Patrick Murphy, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for the South Caucasus, said that concrete results may be achieved in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process in 2012. In an interview to The Business Year magazine Murphy said the progress may be achieved only in case of political will of the conflicting parties and efforts of the international community. “As a special representative for the South Caucasus, I will do everything possible for promoting the conflict settlement. For it, I will consider the Irish experience, though, as it is known there are no similar conflicts,” Murphy was quoted as saying.

Nagorno-Karabakh international recognition to happen sooner or later [ENG]
This news article says that United Progressive Communist Party, Vazgen Safaryan, said that maintaining of status-quo may be assessed as victory for Armenia. “The Nagorno-Karabakh international recognition will happen sooner or later,” he said adding it is necessary to continue active diplomatic actions directed towards Karabakh recognition. He also said that after the Soviet Union collapsed, many countries and national unities, including Karabakh, desired to be self-determined and that the international community should take this into account.

Swedish Rigstag rejects anti-Karabakh motion [ENG]
This article says that the Parliament of Sweden rejected an Azerbaijani-sponsored motion on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which “went against the principles set forth by the international mediators”. It also says that the members of parliament, known as the Riksdag, found that the motion deviated significantly from the existing negotiated proposals, including the so-called Madrid Principles. Since only one member of the parliament signed the motion, it was not allowed for consideration as a separate document and was rejected with a bundle of other legislation.

NK conflict is in deadlock. Oskanian tells Turkish journalists [ENG]
This article says that Vartan Oskanian, former Armenian foreign minister, said at a meeting with Turkish journalists that only once the Nagorno-Karabakh is resolved that Turkey could open its border with Armenia. “For me it is very clear that the border will not open unless Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is resolved.” Oskanian also said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is in a deadlock, adding that it will be rather difficult to find a solution to the conflict.

Co-Chairs postpone visit to Karabakh [ENG]
This article says that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group postponed their visit to the de facto Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh as part of their scheduled tour to the South Caucasus region.
Citing the NKR de facto authorities, Regnum news agency reported that the plans have changed due to bad weather. The mediators were scheduled to meet Bako Sahakyan, de facto President of Nagorno Karabakh.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict one of most complicated – European politician [ENG]
According to this news article, Head of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform party Graham Watson said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the most complicated among so-called frozen conflicts. According to him, the term ‘frozen’ is not the best way of describing the situation as otherwise there would have been no fatal incidents due to shooting. At the same time, the conflict is frozen as it is difficult to see any way forward. Watson also added that he shares approaches of the EU, which encourages settling the conflict through diplomacy.

UN will hamper flights from Stepanakert Airport – Dmitry Adbashyan [ENG]
This article says that Dmitry Adbashyan, Head of the Civil Aviation of the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, said that the Stepanakert Airport is almost ready for operation, adding that the first flight will be to Yerevan. He also said that for the airport to conduct international flight, NK will need to get approval by the International Civil Aviation Organization, which he said is a tool for the UN, meaning that the UN, in turn, should give approval.  According to him, this is unlikely to happen and the UN will definitely impede the implementation of any international flight from the Stepanakert Airport.

Azerbaijan failed to refrain from the temptation of use of force [ARM]
This article says that OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs were received by the Armenian president and foreign minister in Yerevan and discussed issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian said that, for several times after the formal ceasefire was signed the parties had plenty of opportunities to get closer to the settlement, but every time Azerbaijan took a step back, impeding a final settlement. He also said that Azerbaijan failed during these years to prepare its people for peace.

NK settlement is in the interest of international community – Italy’s president [ARM]
According to this article, Italy’s President Georgio Neapolitano said that the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is in the strategic interests of the international community as it will open new opportunities in the region and will contribute to stability in the South Caucasus and will ensure a brighter future for coming generations. He also welcomed the efforts by the parties to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Neapoliatno also called on the parties to remain committed to the Basic Principles of conflict settlement.

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs issue statement

This article says that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement in which they said they had called on the parties during their recent visit to the region to accelerate chances for reaching an agreement on the Basic Principles, to work on the mechanism to investigate ceasefire violations, and to develop humanitarian contacts. They also expressed their concern over recent incidents along the frontlines, and urged the sides to exercise restraint and refrain from retaliation. The Co-Chairs further said that they had discussed the importance of assessing and preserving at-risk sites of Armenian and Azeri cultural and historical values, in order to protect the shared heritage of the region’s peoples while negotiations continue toward a final and lasting peace.

Minsk Group seeks to engage parties into dialogue through culture [ARM]
According to this article, Armenian political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan said that statement by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs testifies that they are trying to bring the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict into a dialogue through culture. “This simply shows that the Minsk Group tries to seek ways,” said he, adding that in this way it seeks to restart the talks over the NK conflict. Shahnazaryan also said that he welcomes such a decision.

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