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Digest of Armenian media for May 15-31



Azerbaijan’s military budget could be spent otherwise [ENG]

According to this article, Kerry Kavano, a former OSCE Minsk Group co-chairperson said that “it would better for the region, if Azerbaijan used it military budget otherwise”. Speaking at a conference on South Caucasus issues held in Turkey, he said that Azerbaijan has a record of $3.5 billion in military spending, which is a “huge sum”. “That’s a huge sum. It would be better for the region if those funds were spent otherwise,” he was quoted by the Turkish news agency Cihan as saying.




There are no unbroken borders [ARM]

According to this article, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Moskovskie Novosti that “only mutual concessions” can serve as a basis for settling the Nagorno-Karabakh problem”. “We have sought for mutual concessions over the past years. But it is up to the Nagorno Karabakh people to determine the red line and have the opportunity to develop in their historical homeland,” Sargsyan said. Speaking about the principles under which the OSCE Minsk Group is trying to broker a settlement to the conflict, Sargsyan said that “territorial integrity does not imply inviolability of borders”. “Otherwise new countries would not have been formed, but what we see is that dozens of countries appeared on the world map in the past 20-30 years,” he noted.




Serzh Sargsyan: All scenarios of military actions are non-perspective [ARM]

According to this article, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan, in an interview with Moskovskie Novosti, did not exclude the resumption war in Nagorno Karabakh. “I think it’s probable as in no way I can understand why Azerbaijan is protracting the peace process. May be, they have plans to accumulate more measures and force to resort to military adventures at a suitable moment,” said Sargsyan. Further he said that “it’s not a right approach, because in both cases thing may unveil in two scenarios.” “First, a total war with a further occupation of Karabakh, which is possible only in case of the full elimination of the Karabakhi people. And second scenario: Azerbaijan will be defeated and will loss new territories.’



Karabakh war liberated citizens – Seyran Ohanyan [ENG]

According to this news item, Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said that the “liberation war in Karabakh did not aim to seize Azerbaijan, but rather to liberate Nagorno-Karabakh, ensuring security of its citizens and forcing the enemy to peace. “It is necessary to realize what kind of task was set by Karabakhi armed forces and how the objective was reached,” Ohanyan added. “The liberators of Karabakh did not have an objective to seize Azerbaijan. Their goal was to liberate Nagorno-Karabakh, to ensure Karabakh citizens’ security and force the enemy to peace. Obviously, the target was reached,” Ohanyan noted.


Azerbaijani leadership tries to break stereotype of loser [ENG]

In this article, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said that violating the ceasefire accord on the Line of Contact that “Azerbaijani leadership is trying to break stereotype of a loser of its soldiers”. “These actions help Armenian society and the army come together and act decisively. Such moves definitely have domestic and external political reasons,” he said.

Referring to gunshots by snipers on the Line of Contact, Ohanyan said that the so-called war of snipers gives no advantage to the sides.


Karabakh conflict should be resolved without foreign actors – Czech President [ENG]

The President of Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus said that the Czech Republic is monitoring developments in the Karabakh peace process although it is not directly involved in talks. He also expressed confidence that the resolution of the conflict “should be achieved through decisions made in the region, not with participation of foreign actors”. “Therefore, we welcome direct talks between Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia which continue since 2008. There is no other way to solution,” he added.



Serious politicians speak of concessions now – expert [ENG]

Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan said that over the recent years serious politicians have been discussing the possibility of making concessions on Nagorno Karabakh.

“While 3-4 years ago we could hear people saying that not a single millimeter of Karabakh or the liberated lands would be given [to Azerbaijan], serious politicians speak about concessions now. This shows dynamics,” Iskandaryan said at a conference. Further, said that no serious changes have, however, been observed in the conflict settlement process. “The trilateral meetings between presidents and foreign ministers continue. But they later return to Azerbaijan and continue making threats and triggering aggressions on the Line of Contact,” he said.



Brazil donates $50, 000 for settlement of Armenian refugees in Karabakh [ENG]

The article says that an international conference on “Housing Providing Issues to Needy Refuges Deported from Azerbaijan in 1988-1992” was held in Yerevan during which the Government of Brazil, through its Embassy in Yerevan, announced about a $50.000 donation to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for the settlement of the families displaced from their homes by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Brazil was the only country which presented a pledge in the context of the Conference.


Euronest can help establishing dialogue between parties to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict-Jerzy Buzek [ENG]

According to this news item, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek said that Euronest can help over in establishing dialogue between the parties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “We want to bring parliamentarians from both countries and establish dialogue. We are keen to support the strengthening of relations among all the partner countries’ members of the Eastern Partnership, and not only between each of them and the EU,” he said. Further, Buzek said, that the European Parliament “does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an entity”.


New war over Karabakh devastating for regional relations – Azeri journalist [ENG]

New war over Nagorno-Karabakh will destroy the entire system of interrelations in South Caucasus, political analyst for Baku based Zerkalo newspaper Rauf Mirgadirov said at a conference in Yerevan. Mirgadirov thinks that Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not one to be quickly localized, considering that ‘the troops are 20-30 kilometers far from the pipe” [referring to Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline], which determines the US policy in the region. Further, he added that new war will ruin the entire system of interrelations, given that Turkey could not possibly keep out. In this case Nagorno-Karabakh status is not likely to change said Mirgadirov, adding that both its recognition and maintenance of status quo is disadvantageous for all parties.


Sniper war to go on in Karabakh conflict zone-Armenian expert [ENG]

According to this article, political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that “the Azerbaijani side has a motive for a ‘sniper war’. It is some kind of blackmail in an attempt to exert pressure on the Armenian side”. “Everything goes according to plan, by order of Baku. This is not actions by Lieutenant Mamedov or warrant officer Hovhannisyan, it is more serious,” Iskandaryan said, adding that under such circumstances the “sniper war” will go on. The expert also pointed out the “Armenian side’s determination to prevent the Azerbaijani armed forces’ provocations”. According to him, there are no significant changes in the Karabakh peace process, however.


Azerbaijani authorities may unleash a war: Former Azerbaijan ambassador [ARM]

According to this article, former Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Hikmet Hajizade said in an interview with that he considers a new war over Karabakh possible, if a risk of revolution in Azerbaijan comes to the surface. “I consider it possible that in case of risk of revolution in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani authorities may unleash a war in Nagorno Karabakh,” said he. According to him, even if that happens, things will unfold the way they did during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War which means “Russia will immediately intervene, and Azerbaijan will lose more territories”. Speaking about ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Hajizade said that it is “the tactics of the Azerbaijan government and mood of great part of our society”.


‘New war cannot put an end to Karabakh issue’ [ARM]

Azerbaijani political analyst Dirty Polikanova said in an interview that a new war cannot resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, adding she does not agree with the viewpoint that Russia preserves the status quo in Karabakh purposefully so that to have control over Armenia and Azerbaijan. “Currently, objectively the ball is in the side of Armenia and Azerbaijan. If they have relevant political will and decisiveness and agree on the issue, then everything will be all right,” he said. With that move Yerevan and Baku will assist the mediators whose mission will end in Karabakh, he added. Further, Polikanova said that “for that reason Russia is not supporting the status quo on purpose, but has rather reconciled itself with that. Moreover, Russia attempts to do something, but sometimes it succeeds, and sometimes not”.




According to Laszlo Kover, Hungary attaches importance to nation’s right to self-determination [ARM]

The article says that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan received the Chairperson of Hungary’s parliament Laszlo Kover. The parties discussed issues related to security and stability in the region. Kover mentioned that Hungary attaches importance to nations’ right to self-determination when it comes to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to him, it will be easy to settle several conflicts, if that principle is enjoys due recognition.




Buzek: “Parties should quickly find a solution to the Karabakh conflict” [ARM]

The article says that the President of the European Parliament Ezhi Buzek said that the EU

Parliament does not recognize Karabakh as an independent entity. Buzek also commented on a visit by EU officials to Nagorno Karabakh, saying that the European values do not include building new walls, but rather encouraging communication among people, simplifying trade relations, extending a helping hand to those who need it. However, he said that visiting territories that have a disputable status will be useful neither for the settlement of the conflict nor for enhancing trust between the conflicting parties.



European Parliament does not consider Nagorno-Karabakh independent entity [ENG]

The European Parliament does not consider Nagorno-Karabakh an independent entity and always speaks of territorial integrity of states, Jerzy Buzek, President of European Parliament, said at a press conference in Yerevan. He stressed that it does not mean that needs of ordinary people living in this territory and their desire to communicate with citizens of foreign countries should be forgotten. “We must provide humanitarian aid to these people, regardless of unresolved political conflict. It is better to extend a hand of friendship rather than be in war,” said Buzek, adding that security guarantees should be ensured throughout Europe. Further, he noted that both societies should be prepared for achieving resolution of the Karabakh conflict.



Plans of NK independence and uniting it with Armenia have failed – Azeri expert [ARM]

This article says that Azerbaijani expert Fikret Sadigov said in an interview with Azerbaijani news agency Salam News that he does not think the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved anytime soon. However, he thinks that there is one reality: plans for Karabakh’s independence and uniting it with Armenia have failed.




Defense minister warns of full retaliation over Karabakh [ENG]

According to this article, Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said that the resumption of military actions against the Nagorno Karabakh will prompt Armenia to fully commit itself to making Azerbaijan quit the idea. Speaking at a conference, Ohanyan said Armenia will have to resort to military actions in such scenario as it is the “safeguard of the physical security of Karabakh’s population”. “Today the situation in the South Caucasus is instable, explosive, and conceivable of destabilization. Armenia – taking into account its exclusive geographic position and having no immediate borders with any of the CSTO allies – is especially interested in the quickest settlement of the situation and in strengthening the stability of its borders,” said Ohanyan.



Time has come to move to drafting of a peace agreement on Karabakh – Gordon [ENG]

This article says that US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon said the US “will continue to encourage normalization between Turkey and Armenia and to increase its engagement through the Minsk Group with Russia and France to help Armenia and Azerbaijan find a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict”.

“In that regard, we strongly believe that the time has come to finalize and endorse the Basic Principles and move to the drafting of a peace agreement. We believe that the United States and Europe must work together to avoid further conflict in Europe and help the countries in the region move towards democracy, peace, and greater prosperity,” said Gordon.


Self-determination cannot be ignored, says Vladimir Kazimirov [ENG]

According to this news item, Russian president’s representative on Karabakh issues Vladimir Kazimirov said that “nations right to self-determination cannot be ignored” when it comes to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Speaking at a conference in Yerevan, Kazimirov said it cannot be ignored as Karabakh has “recently become not only a consumer of security, but also a creator and preserver of it”. “The worrisome circumstance is that the talks aimed at the settlement of the Karabakh conflict are not settled down,” said Vladimir Kazimirov. Further, he said that the issue of a second referendum over Karabakh’s self-determination is cautiously spoken of in Armenia.




Unleashing a war is dangerous [ARM]

According to this article, the Director of the Armenian Centre for National and International Studies Manvel Sargsyan said that the OSCE Minsk Group is very much criticized in Armenia, but at the same time there is a widespread view that the Karabakh conflict should be resolved within the Minsk Group. Speaking about Azerbaijan’s position, Sargsyan said that it will never yield anything. “For Azerbaijan Karabakh is a completely different issue, for Armenia – something else. They [Azerbaijanis] are well aware that they have lost territory and are pondering over how to bring it back. To unleash a war is dangerous,” said he, adding that each year international organizations adopt 2-3 documents beneficial for Azerbaijan.




Bordyuzha: ‘No alternative to the settlement of NK issue’ [ARM]

According to this article, asked to comment what the position of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be, if hostilities start in Nagorno Karabakh, the CSTO head Nikolai Bordyuzha said that Armenia is a member state to the organization and both Armenia and the CSTO have liabilities to each other. He also said that the question over CSTO’s position under the described scenario is very sensitive and therefore he would not like to make any comment as comment may hard the peace process over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Further, Bordyuzha said that there is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.



‘In case of compromises it will be hard for Serzh Sargsyan to be re-elected’ [ARM]

According to this article the Director of the International Crisis Group Alain Deletroze said that compared to Georgia, the situation over the Nagorno Karabakh is far from being stable and is worrisome. “The point is that here there are incidents almost every week, young men are being killed from both sides of the Line of Contact. And on top of this there is no political progress,” said he. Deletroze further said that one of the factors that hamper the normal process of the talks is the situation in Armenia’s domestic political life which is not as much favorable as to enable the incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan to be re-elected. “I think that if he takes some steps in terms of compromises to Azerbaijan, it will very hard for him to win in elections in the future,” explained he.




Karabakh MPs urge Minsk Group to suppress Azerbaijan’s warlike actions [ENG]

This article says that parliamentary groups of the de facto National Assembly of Nagorno Karabakh issued a joint statement urging OSCE Minsk Group to implement its mandate “to suppress Azerbaijan’s warlike actions”, “otherwise the mediators will share responsibility for possible tension in the conflict zone”. In their statement they expressed regret that “Azerbaijan’s actions do not receive relevant response of the OSCE Minsk Group which is to carry out mediation between all conflicting parties to achieve final peace”.




OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs to visit region in June [ENG]

In this article Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will pay a visit to the region in a next round of talks over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “The co-chairmen are planning to visit the region in early June. After that probably there will be a meeting of the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian foreign ministers in Moscow,” Mammadyarov said, adding that following that meeting Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents too may hold peace talks over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.



President thanks for awareness-raising campaign [ENG]

This article says that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan thanked the Armenia’s United Liberal National Party’s for an “awareness- raising” campaign. Within a month the party sent 4 million emails about the Karabakh conflict to more than 40 countries. Sargsyan said that the effort is welcomed for two reasons, firstly, “because it is the party’s own initiative”, and secondly, that it is “about Nagorno Karabakh”. “This is one of our most painful issues, one of the biggest problems challenging us, and though we make tremendous efforts, though this issue exists for twenty years now, there are a lot of people, public, political figures in the world who are not aware of the problem, have no accurate information about it,” said Sargsyan.



European Parliament offers Tbilisi to take part in Karabakh settlement [ARM]

The article says that the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek offered Georgia to take part in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. In a joint press conference with the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Buzhek said that “Georgia holds good terms both with Armenia and with Azerbaijan and may help solve the problem.” Buzhek further said that the “EU considers frozen conflicts as a threat and attaches much importance to their settlement”.



Bryza Clarifies US Position on Nagorno-Karabakh [ENG]

In this article US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza said that the “US makes every effort for a just and peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenian-Azerbaijani relations”. Bryza further said that from his own experience, he knows “what efforts our supporters from the US and the Minsk Group are making for the just and peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict”. “Naturally, the representative of one of the parties to the conflict would like international partners to work even harder. I often hear criticisms that there no positive results have been achieved within the Minsk Group. In fact, there have been great achievements. For a just settlement of the conflict, fair proposals have been made at the negotiating table,” said he.




Karabakh conflict resolution is possible merely by peaceful means-Hillary Clinton [ENG]

According to this article, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the Karabakh conflict at a meeting in Washington. Clinton stressed that the US as a co-chairing country of the OSCE Minsk Group will continue to contribute fully to the achievement of agreement between the parties to the Karabakh conflict. She also said that the resolution of the conflict is possible by merely peaceful means. “The resolution of Karabakh conflict is possible merely by peaceful means,” Clinton emphasized.



OSCE should refuse rhetoric based on hatred and belligerence [ENG]

Deputy Armenian Foreign Minister Arman Kirakosyan said that member states of the OSCE “should refuse the rhetoric on hatred and belligerence”. According to him, painful compromises may be needed from the parties to achieve a lasting and final resolution to the Karabakh conflict.

“One of the main tasks is preparing the society for such decisions. OSCE should respond to all cases inciting hatred and distrust via its executive agencies, such as Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). It should act as an important tool to prevent the conflict,” he said.




Azerbaijani political analyst responds to Jerzy Buzek [ARM]

This article says that Azerbaijani political analyst Rustam Mamedov; in response to a statement by the President of the European Parliament Jerzhi Buzek that Georgia can play a significant role in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, said that it is less probable. “It’s not real. How can Georgia affect the Karabakh settlement process, if it has such internal problems itself?” Further, he said that Buzhek made compliments to Georgia and nothing else. “And generally, Georgia is not capable of contributing to the settlement of the conflict,” said Mamedov, adding that even if Tbilisi makes such attempts, the Armenians living in Georgian will rise in rebellion, and in this case Georgian will be challenged by another issue.




FM’s visits not likely to change Karabakh process, says expert [ENG]

In this article Armenian political analyst Sergei Shakaryants said that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan’s visit to France and US will hardly turn very effective for the peace talks over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Shakaryants also said that the “key moment in such visits is that Armenia demands the countries involved in the mediation efforts, especially the US, to clarify their position over this issue. “The US Department of State has realized that Armenia has recognized the people of Nagorno Karabakh, its right to live independently, therefore it cannot demand from Armenia and Karabakh a solution that will be beyond the proposed principles,” explained Shakaryants.



Armenia should start “sniper war” against Azerbaijan – Commandos [ENG]

According to this article, participant of the Karabakh war Major General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan said that Armenian should put an end to “Azeri adventures” on the contact line.

He stressed that Armenian side should give Azerbaijan a “short, but effective response”.

“To be more specific, we have to start a ‘sniper war’ and liquidate Azeri snipers from the contact line,” Ter-Tadevosyan added.




Azerbaijan denies Russian reporter entry, following a visit to Karabakh [ENG]
This article says that Sergey Buntman, the Deputy Chief Editor of Echo Moskvy told Russian news agency Interfax that he was denied entry to Azerbaijan “because he had been in Karabakh and had an interview with Karabakh’s president [Bako] Sahakyan.” Commenting on the incident, Alexei Venediktov, the Chief Editor of Echo Moskvy, said he is planning to send a letter to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on the issue. He also said that “reporters can visit various countries without letting the authorities”. “Reporters are tasked with collecting information, analyzing and telling about what happens,” Interfax quoted him as saying.



International community’s efforts pose war threats to Armenia – politician [ARM]

In this article Aram Karapetyan, the leader of the Armenian New Times party said that the international community’s current efforts in Armenia pose serious war threats to the country. “We do not observe international pressures for an early election. They want to create an atmosphere that would show the Armenian authorities willing to make concession over Karabakh, open the Armenian-Turkish border and launch a comprehensive collaboration with NATO,” said Karapetyan. Further, he said the recent frequent visits of Armenia’s foreign minister are an indication that the “international community is seeking measures to impose peace, and as an option for mutual concessions, it proposes returning Fizuli and Aghdam to Azerbaijan and discussing the Nagorno Karabakh issue”.


Tension mounts over Karabakh issue says Russian expert [ARM]

According to this article, Russian expert Mikheil Alexandrov said that currently the situation over the Karabakh conflict is getting tense. He also said that it is undesirable to have the repetition of the 2008 scenario when “Georgia attacked South Ossetia.” “We saw what losses South Ossetia suffered and don’t want the same to happen in Karabakh. But it is obvious that the tension is growing,” said he. Further Alexandrov said that statements by the Western states put equal responsibility on each side. According to him “it turns out that it is Azerbaijan who resorts to rhetoric,” but the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs call on both parties for restraint and compliance with the ceasefire in their statements. “They don’t distinguish who the initiator is,” Alexandrov added.




More Russian presence in Karabakh please: Bako Sahakyan [ENG]

This article says that Bako Sahakyan, the de factor president of the Nagorno Karabakh, said in an interview Echo Moskvy that Karabakh is “greatly interested in the presence of Russia in the region”. “Russia’s role here has always been, it is and we hope it will be. And we have a great interest in this issue because Russia historically has been present in this region and we quite respect the current efforts displayed by Russia,” said he. Sahakyan also noted that “we believe that Russia should be more widely represented here, strongly enhancing its ties with Armenia and Karabakh, in the same way as with Azerbaijan. And here we consider it perfectly normal that Russia tries to build its relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan — we see no betrayal in this”.




NATO Sec Gen sees no role of alliance in Karabakh peace process – Polish Ambassador [ENG]

Polish Ambassador to Armenia Zdzislaw Raczynsky said that NATO Secretary General sees no role of alliance in Karabakh conflict resolution, asked whether NATO peacekeeping forces may participate in the Karabakh peace process. According to the diplomat, this is an ethnic-regional process and its solution depends on the two neighboring countries’ will. “Other states may only act as a mediator,” Raczynsky noted. “The presence of peacekeeping forces will be needed only when Armenia and Azerbaijan sign an agreement. However, Iran and Russia speak against deployment of peacekeeping forces.  Meanwhile, I can say that other forces, in particular the EU peacekeepers, may carry out the mission,” he stressed.



US back swift resolution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict-Russian expert [ENG]

According to this article, Russian expert Mikhail Alexandrov said that the US supports a swift resolution of Karabakh conflict on Azerbaijan’s terms. He pointed to the fact that former US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza was appointed Ambassador to Azerbaijan, adding that that the departure of US Ambassador to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch, “famous as a specialist in ‘orange’ revolutions, will not bring about changes in Washington’s policy”. “The essence of the matter rests in US attempt to create a military-political corridor from the Black Sea to the Caspian region. Georgia is ‘fit’ with US plans, now it is necessary to ‘come to terms’ with Azerbaijan. Though Baku is not committed to this, it will not refuse U.S.-offered price, in particular Nagorno-Karabakh,” the expert underlined.



Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry responds to Seyran Ohanyan [ARM]

The article says that the head of the press service of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry

Elhan Polukhov responded to a statement by Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan who had said that in case of a fresh war in Karabakh Armenia is entitled to expect the help of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Polukhov particularly said that “Armenia has occupied Azerbaijan’s territories” and that the Karabakh conflict is purely Azerbaijan’s “internal issue.” He also said that “if Azerbaijan decides to liberate its territories through military actions, it cannot be considered as an attack by Azerbaijan on Armenia”.


Settlement of the Karabakh conflict depends on oil prices – analyst [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijani political analyst Vafa Guluzade said that the Karabakh conflict will be settled as soon as oil prices will slump worldwide. “And they will definitely slump. And then Russia will be busy with that and will not be able to pay attention to Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and even to Chechnya,” said he. Further, Guluzade said that once Russia stops intervening in the Karabakh conflict, the West will solve the issue, adding the US enjoys great influence on the Armenians living in Armenia and even in Karabakh. “But Armenia is still under Russian rule,” said Guluzade.




Azerbaijan scoffs at international community’s proposals – Nalbandyan [ENG]

In this article Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that “Azerbaijan ignores and scoffs at the proposals and statements by the international community” over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Nalbandyan also said that it is the people o Nagorno Karabakh that must define Karabakh’s status. “First of all, Azerbaijan must admit the offer by the international community that it is the people of Nagorno Karabakh that must define the status of Nagorno Karabakh through a legally binding expression of will,” said Nalbandyan.


Karabakh conflict settlement on G8 Summit agenda [ENG]

This article says that the Nagorno Karabakh issue will be on the agenda of the G8 Summit to be held in Deauville, France. Citing a source close to the Russian president, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that the leaders of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, Dmitry Medvedev (Russia), Barack Obama (USA) and Nicolas Sarkozy (France) are expected to adopt a joint statement on the conflict settlement. “The settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is on the international agenda, and a tripartite statement on the issue is being prepared in Deauville,” the source said.


NKR issues is about civilization [ARM]

The article says that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been referred to variously, such an “inter-nation conflict,” “national-liberation conflict”, but none of them lasted long which means that there is something of a large-scale nature at the core of the issue. Further, it says that another factor supportive of this hypothesis is the format of the mediation efforts that include Russia, US and France. The fact that Turkey is not allowed into this format testifies that the Karabakh conflict is about civilization.




Armenia’s and NK’s reaction is extremely disproportionate but to the detriment of Azerbaijan [ARM]

According to this news item, Armenian expert Vahram Ter-Matevosyan said that the response of the Armenian side to the ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan is disproportionate and that it is Azerbaijan that bears the responsibility for the death of any Azerbaijani soldier on the Line of Contact. “It’s pity that the ceasefire is being violated, but in any case … Armenia’s and Nagorno Karabakh’s reaction is incomparably disproportionate, not adequate, but to the detriment of Azerbaijan,” said he.




Nalbandyan: ‘Deauville statement may boost settlement’ [ARM]

According to this article, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that the statement adopted by the US, French and Russian presidents over Nagorno Karabakh may boost the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. He also said that the statement conveys “important messages”. “We highly appreciate presidents [Dmitry] Medvedev’s, [Barack] Obama’s and [Nicola] Sarkozy’s efforts,” said Nalbandyan, adding that Armenia has given a “clear answer to the last version of the basic principles proposed by the co-chairs”. “If Azerbaijan gives its consent, then it will be possible to register progress in the settlement process,” Nalbandyan added.




Russian, U.S., French leaders issue statement on Karabakh [ENG]
This article says that presidents of US, Russia and France issued a joint statement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of G8 Summit. Particularly, they said that they “are convinced the time has arrived for all the sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to take a decisive step towards a peaceful settlement”. They also reiterated that “only a negotiated settlement can lead to peace, stability, and reconciliation, opening opportunities for regional development and cooperation”. “The use of force created the current situation of confrontation and instability.  Its use again would only bring more suffering and devastation, and would be condemned by the international community.  We strongly urge the leaders of the sides to prepare their populations for peace, not war,” read the statement.



Change in MG format may entail enhancement of pro-Azerbaijani position in EU [ARM]

In this article former de facto Foreign Minister of Nagorno Karabakh Arman Melikyan said that the European Union consists of various countries and will hardly trust France with he called “the most important” conflict of this region. EU members, such as Britain, Italy, according to Melikyan may in the course of time grow more interested in this region. “I don’t exclude that the there might be some disagreements in the EU over this issue,” said he. Further, Melikyan did not rule out that changes in the Minsk Group format may result in an enhancement of what he called “pro-Azerbaijan positions”.


The first serious statement by the EU [ARM]

According to this article, that the European Union said that it is ready to take steps to extend its involvement in the OSCE Minsk Group by probably changing France as mediator. Davit Babayan, the spokesperson of the presidential administration of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, said that this is “the first time” the EU is making such a serious statement, and that it is necessary to wait to see how things develop. “Up to this moment there was no word about changes in the Minsk Group. Of course, there have always been changes, but recently the Minsk Group had three co-chairs,” said he. Further, Babayan said that it still remains to be seen whether that what format the EU will offer by changing France.




Chances for Karabakh settlement higher than ever – Sergei Ryabkov [ENG]

According to this article, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said chances for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are “higher than ever”. Speaking to ITAR-TASS new agency Ryakbov said: “The chances of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict are higher than ever. If we compare the resolutions of the last summits, we can draw several results – a chance for a peaceful settlement is much higher than before,” he added. Further, he said that the parties are not “on the threshold of a new conflict”.


Azerbaijan rejected Obama, Medvedev and Sarkozy, says MP [ENG]

In this news item, Spokesperson for the Republican Party of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov said that Azerbaijan ignored and rejected the recent call by the leaders of the Minsk Group co-chair states to agree to the last version of the Madrid Principles over the Karabakh conflict. According to him “it’s already a year since Armenia gave its assent to the proposals of the co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe co-chairs, while Azerbaijan is making attempts to evade and with that to lead the talks’ process to a deadlock”. “In fact, Azerbaijan rejected and ignored the call by the leaders of the co-chair countries in Deauville yesterday to agree to the last version of the Madrid proposals currently on the negotiations’ table,” said he.



Deauville statement is no progress – activist [ENG]

he Coordinator of the Sardarapat movement Zhirayr Sefilyan said that the joint statement by the Minsk Group co-chairing countries’ leaders “does not imply progress in the Karabakh conflict settlement process”. “I don’t think there will be any progress in the Nagorno Karabakh settlement process,” he said. Sefilyan further noted that the current tension in the Middle East poses serious threats to the region as well. “If we use our brains we’d prepare for a war to have peace,” he said.




Azerbaijan’s policy bears fruits [ARM]

According to this article, Armen Martirosyan of the Heritage party said that the recent statement on Karabakh issues by the leaders of the US, Russia and France attests to the fact that the Karabakh issue has always been and currently is at the attention of the international community. According to him, “Azerbaijan’s bellicose policy is bearing results as the presidents of the co-chair countries speak about stopping the war rhetoric rather than about negotiation. Further, he said he does not think “Azerbaijan’s policy will change, as they see that it gives fruits”.


Deauville statement is addressed to Azerbaijan [ARM]

In this article, Galust Sahakyan, senior MP of the ruling Republic Party of Armenia, said that “Armenia is ready for a peaceful settlement” over the Karabakh conflict. He also said that the statement on Karabakh issued by the leaders of US, Russia and France is beneficial for Armenia, adding that the entire world knows “that Karabakh cannot be under Azerbaijani rule.” “These statements are more acceptable, favorable and are not addressed to our society, but rather to the Azerbaijani side,” said Sahakyan.




Presidents’ statement on Karabakh indicates time for conflict resolution running out – expert [ENG]

Head of the European Integration analytic center Karen Bekaryan said that the statement on Karabakh issued by the leaders of US, Russia and France is somehow different from the earlier adopted statements. Saying that the presidents urged the conflicting parties to finalize the basic principles for the conflict resolution, put clearly that the time for conflict resolution is running out, Bekaryan added that some pressure on the conflicting parties is felt in the statement, particularly if the sides fail to come to agreement, the mediator countries will take other measures. “The trilateral statement reiterates firmly unacceptability of use of force. It refers merely to Azerbaijan, as Armenia was never engaged in military rhetoric,” explained he.



Azerbaijan makes blackmail threats to unleash war – expert [ENG]

According to this article, Armenian political expert Levon Shirinyan said that “Azerbaijan is not ready for war it is just making blackmail threats to unleash it. The expert noted that not a single document on Karabakh peace process mentions independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. No one wants resolution of the conflict, except for Armenians and Azerbaijanis, he said, adding that it is a conflict between Karabakh and Azerbaijan. The unresolved conflict provides a great opportunity to control the region, he added, Strengthening of the army is the only way out from the current situation, Shirinyan concluded. “We should stop talking about compromise,” he emphasized.



Baku trying to maintain status quo – deputy foreign minister [ENG]

According to this article, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said that “Baku’s efforts are aimed at maintaining the status quo, and the Azeris are merely faking when looking enthusiastic about the Deauville statement’s call for changing the status quo. In his opinion, Baku is working hard to maintain the status quo “by distorting everything, bringing up unrealistic issues that are unacceptable to not only Armenia but also the mediators.” Kocharyan also said Armenia and Karabakh unambiguously voiced their agreement with the proposed principles while Baku never gave a clear response. “But if Baku wants progress it should forego its propaganda-type policies so we could move forward and reach a result in Kazan,” he added.
Baku panic-stricken following Deauville statement-Armenian Deputy FM [ENG]

In this article, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said that the Deauville statement on Nagorno-Karabakh stipulates demands and specific deadlines, unlike the previous statements by the Presidents of Russia, U.S. and France. “The co-chairing countries expect and demand from the sides to reach an agreement at the president’s meeting in Kazan in June,” he noted. Speaking about Azerbaijan’s response to the Deauville statement, Kocharyan said that “in fact, Baku is in panic, as the statement says that the use of force created the current situation of confrontation and instability. Its use again would only bring more suffering and devastation, and would be condemned by the international community”. “Obviously, this is a hint at Azerbaijan, which is trying to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by military means, aggression, ethnic cleansings and goes on rattling the saber”.




Presidents continue to be supporters of effective “Madrid Principles” in Deauville [ARM]

In this article, Karabakhi political analyst Masis Mailyan said that the statement over the Karabakh conflict adopted by the US, Russian and French presidents in Deauville has both positive and negatives sides. However, according to him, the text of the statement testifies to the fact that the three presidents continue to support what he called the “defective Madrid Principles”. Further, he said that the current status quo is neither at the interests of the mediators, nor that of the Armenian sides, adding that it is necessary to change the situation in the region and not by all means, but rather by preserving stability.



Any fundamental document without NK’s signature is just paper [ARM]

This news article said that the de facto Deputy Chairperson of Karabakh’s National Assembly Arthur Tovmasyan, speaking about the Deauville statement adopted by the US, Russian and French presidents, said that Karabakh has always welcomed any humanitarian statement over the conflict. Though Karabakh is not a party to negotiations, Tovmasyan said, it has for several times welcomed what he called “constructive statements.” Further he said, that any statement that will not have Karabakh’s signature, will be considered not legally binding.




The Karabakh roulette [ARM]

The article says that Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s presidents will hold a meeting in Kazan, Russia, on June 25, adding that the parties are expected to sign a document over the basic principles of the settlement of the Karabakh issue. The first point of those principles, the article continues, “mentions the removal of the Armenian troops from the occupied territories”. Further, it says that it’s the first time the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have mentioned a concrete timeline, which means the US, Russia and France have come to a consensus on an agreement over Karabakh.




French ambassador expects quick preparation of a Karabakh settlement agreement [ARM]

The article says that the French Ambassador to Armenia Anri Reno said he expects that following the statement by the US, Russian and French presidents over the Karabakh conflict made at the French town of Deauville will pave the way for the quick preparation of an agreement over the issue. “I expect that [the parties] will quite quickly be involved in a negotiations process that should lead to an agreement,” said Reno. He also said he expect the tension on the Line of Contact would ease at the soonest possible.




Now Not the Time to Change Karabakh Negotiating Format: Sabine Freizer [ENG]

International Crisis Group Europe Program Director Sabine Freizer said that now is not the time to change the OSCE Minsk Group format, as the co-chairs believe they are very close to an agreement on the basic principles to settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. If an agreement on the basic principles is not reached in the coming months, according to her, the international community will have to seriously think about the effectiveness of the negotiating format and the chosen strategy. In this context the EU will have a chance to prove itself, she added.




Azerbaijan Wants to Change Status Quo in Karabakh Conflict: Azerbaijan Presidential Official [ENG]

According to this news item, Novruz Mammadov, the chief of the foreign relations department of Azerbaijan’s presidential administration, said that Baku would like to change the status quo in the region. According to Mammadov, the international communities, as well as the presidents of the Minsk Group co-chair states, also want the same. “I hope Armenia will take the Deauville statement by the presidents of the Minsk Group co-chair countries seriously and will not protract the conflict settlement,” he said.




Agreement probably reached between Armenian and Azeri leaders will exclude war [ENG]
According to this article, military expert David Jamalyan said that an agreement which may be reached by Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in Kazan, Russia, will rule out hostilities. He also said that Azerbaijanis attach “no importance to international agreements which was proved for several times”. “Only threat of force can withhold Azerbaijan from new adventures. The Azerbaijani authorities realize that international situation is unfavorable for a new war. They understand that the Armenian side is not that weak to get an easy victory,” Jamalyan added.


Leaders of world powers hint they will not stand new war in Karabakh – military expert [ENG]

Military expert David Jamalyan says in this article that the recent statement of US, Russian and French presidents on Karabakh is advantageous to Armenia, as war is of no benefit to any of the sides. The three leaders of world powers reminded Azerbaijan they will not stand new war, he added. “Azerbaijan commented on the statement twice. They once again repeated the same things:  the Armenian side should withdraw its troops, and Azerbaijan will never recognize the independence of Karabakh,” he said, adding there has never been any case in 20 century when a country declared independence and then came under pressure, giving up its independence.




Bryza hails the Deauville statement [ARM]

US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza hailed the statement over Karabakh adopted in the French town of Deauville, adding he believes “time has come to agree on the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution”. “The Deauville statement of Presidents Barack Obama of the US, Dimity Medvedev of Russia and Nicolas Sarkozy of France is correct statement with a view to establish stability in the region. The time has come to agree on the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution,” Bryza told journalists Azerbaijani reporters. According to him, the basic principles could be the basis of an agreement.







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