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Digest of Armenian Media for Nov 15-30, 2010


Our Response Will Be Destructive And Final When The Moment Comes: Serzh Sargsyan (Eng)
In this article Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan says that Armenia and Karabakh do not want a fresh war, but if they are obliged to be engaged in it, they must take “destructive and final” measures.
“Never have we wanted any war, but we were then simply obliged to defend our homelands. When the moment comes, when we are obliged [to do it], this time our strike must be destructive and final,” said Serzh Sargsyan.


Republican Party MP Foresees Second Karabakhi War (Arm)

Armenia MP affiliated with the Republican Party of Armenia Hamlet Harutyunyan has no expectations from the upcoming meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents and foresees a second Karabakhi war.

“If this continues, there will be a second Karabakhi war,” Mr Harutyunyan said.

Rather Than Trying To Prevent Repeats Of Khojali And Sumgait, Armenians And Azerbaijanis Doing The Opposite: Vanyan (Eng)
According to President of the Caucasus Center of Peace-Making Initiatives (CCPI) Georgy Vanyan Armenia and Azerbaijan are doing everything to contribute to the repetition of the tragic events of Khojali and Sumgait.
“Rather than doing it so that Khojali and Sumgait don’t repeat, Armenians and Azerbaijani do everything for new Sumgaits and Khojalies,” said Mr Vanyan.


As Usual Armenia And Azerbaijan Are Waiting For Instructions From Political Bureau (Arm)

The assumption that the conflicting parties in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are hopeful that a third party will solve the issue has created a hypothesis that the “key to peace” in the region is at the hands of Moscow, Washington or Brussels, politologist Sergey Markedonov wrote in an article.

“With their conduct the state elite of Armenia and Azerbaijan are reminiscent of the republican authorities in the Soviet Union who would wait for “important instruction” from Moscow to come,” wrote he.

Azerbaijani Films Are A Way To Earn Money in Armenia: Kocharyan (Arm)
Those Armenians who are against the screenings of Azerbaijani films in Armenia spare no efforts to hinder them, according to Armenian blogger Tigran Kocharyan.
“From the very beginning that was a failed event because it was untimely, unnecessary. In simple terms, that man [Georgy Vanyan] had decided just to do something, just a way to earn money,” said he.
Why It’s Wrong To Stop A Film Festival, Blogs British Ambassador To Armenia (Eng)
This new item makes a reference to a blog post by British Ambassador to Armenia Charles Lonsdale who expresses his disappointment related to the cancellation of Azerbaijani film screenings in Yerevan.

“So a modest festival of Azerbaijani films had to be cancelled because no venue in Yerevan was prepared to host it, apparently in the face of threats. We’ve not been involved in organising the event, but I’m disappointed. Not least as a simple question of freedom of expression and what this says about the openness of society in Armenia,” wrote Mr Lonsdale.


Statement By Armenian President In NK Were Addressed To Azerbaijan And International Community (Arm)
In this article expert for Armenian Centre of National and International Research Manvel Sargsyan says that the statement by Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan made in Karabakh during the recent large-scale war games are addressed to both Azerbaijan and the international community.

Astana Meeting to Help Parties Reach Landmark Decision (Eng)
OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut says in this article that the upcoming meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, will help Armenia and Azerbaijan reach a landmark decision over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“I hope it will help parties reach a difficult though important decision,” he said.

Socialist International Adopts Resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict (Eng)
Socialist International adopted a resolution over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in which it said that there now grounds to build dialogue and confidence both within the Socialist International and beyond, urging the parties to formalize the status of Nagorno Karabakh and a final status for the region that is acceptable to all.


Fairness Deemed As Main Precondition for Karabakh Conflict Settlement: Ahmadinejad (Eng)
Karabakh conflict can be resolved through negotiations, provided there is a fair approach and mutual respect, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

“Should we attempt to resolve our problems in a peaceful and friendly manner, all problems will find a solution. The settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is also possible provided parties conduct negotiations, demonstrating fair approach and mutual respect,” he said.


Our choice is to build, to create, and enforce peace: Serzh Sargsyan (Eng)
This article makes a reference to a statement Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan delivered during a fund-raising dinner in Moscow organized by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund where Mr Sargsyan said that Armenians do now want any war and prefer to build, create and enforce peace.

“It’s not our choice. Bragging is not our choice either. Our choice is to build, to create, and enforce peace. Hence, we have to thoroughly build and rebuild our home,” said the president.


Foreign Interference Will Cause Karabakh Issue Deepen: Ahmadinejad (Arm)
Any interference in the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will worsen the situation, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had said in Baku.

“We think that the regional issues should be solved within the region. Interference by foreigners will deepen the issue far more. It is what experience has shown,” he was quoted as saying.


Serzh Sargsyan: “We Are Strong than Ever, And Will Be Far More Stronger Each Following Day” (Arm)
This article referees to a statement made by Armenia’s President at a fund raising dinner organized by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in Moscow. In his speech Mr Sargsyan said that Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are strong than ever, and are getting stronger day by day.

“And there cannot be two opinions about our defensive capabilities: we are stronger, stronger than ever, and each day we are getting far stronger,” said Mr Sargsyan.


Serzh Sargsyan: “Azerbaijan Should Realize That There Is No Alternative to The Acknowledgement of Karabakh’s Self-Determination” (Arm)
This article refers to a statement by Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan made in Moscow, where he said that the sooner Azerbaijan realizes that there is no alternative to the acknowledgement of Karabakh’s right to self-determination, the sooner the conflict the negations will come to an end.
“The sooner Azerbaijan realizes that it has no alternative for the acknowledgement of  Karabakh’s self-determination, the sooner the talks will end,” said he.
Breakthrough in Astana Is Less Probable, Says Suren Surenyants (Eng)
The final declaration to be adopted based on the results of the upcoming OSCE summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, will definitely make reference to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to Armenian political scientist Suren Surenyants.
“It is out of question that that document will make reference to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, firstly because that conflict is under the OSCE mandate,” said he.

Armenia Appreciates Russia’s Mediatory Efforts: Serzh Sargsyan (Eng)
Armenia appreciates Russia’s mediatory efforts in the Karabakh conflict settlement and expects a positive outcome in the near future, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow.

“Russia has always played a key role in the Caucasus. I hope your efforts will produce a positive result,” Sargsyan said.

According To Surenyants, the Fuss Over Azerbaijani Films Is Wild (Arm)

Armenian political scientist Suren Surenyants said that the response the Armenians gave to the initiative of screenings Azerbaijan films in Yerevan is wild.

“In many issues I don’t agree with Georgi Vanyan [organizer of the screenings]. But that does not mean that his initiative should be responded in such wild way at all,” said he.


To Georgi Vanyan and My Friends Especially, And A Statement To All In General (Arm)

Lusine Vayachyan, an Armenian writer who disseminated information about the screenings of Azerbaijani films in Yerevan on her Facebook account, mentions in this article that Georgi Vanyan, the organizer of the screenings, removed her from his friend list on Facebook and said during a TV program that Lusine Vayachyan has been “dragged” to the group of those Armenians who were against the screenings of those films.

Further she demands Vanyan to come with explanations as to why he has accused her. She also informs al their common friends that they will have to choose between her and Vanyan, should he not give explanations on his comments.


No Document Will Be Adopt At the OSCE Summit (Arm)

Armenian political scientist Sergei Minasyan thinks that no document will be adopted over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the December OSCE summit in Astana.

“I will be surprised if a document is adopted over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in that summit. Even if a document is adopted, it will be simply the continuation of the previous ones, that will fix the existing status quo in the region aimed at preventing any escalation,” explained Mr Minasyan.


What Targets the NK Army Drills and Armenia’s President Were Hitting? (Arm)

According to this article the recent drills in Karabakh were first of all a real test for the Karabakh’s army. Together with that they were aimed at soothing the unease that has recently taken hold of the Armenian society over the frequent lethal incidents in the army.

But the real purpose was to indirectly warn Baku to avoid any attempt to solve the Karabakh issue by the use of force as the Armenian side is not only ready to defend itself, but also to act on the offensive.

‘God Granted Our 2 Nations As Neighbours’: Armenian Analyst  on Azerbaijani Film Festival
Speaking about Azerbaijani film screenings Yerevan-based political analyst Sure Surenyants said, according to this article, that the Armenian-Azerbaijani will happen one day.

“After all, we should accept that Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue will happen one day, god has granted our two nations a neighbourhood: neither they’re going to go from here nor are we. And whether we like it or not, we have to relate,” he said.



Masis Mailyan See No Conditions for Serious Progress In Karabakh Conflict (Arm)

Former Deputy Foreign Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Masis Mailyan thinks that there are no conditions today to register any serious progress in the Karabakh conflict.

“That is to say, this is a process, people [meaning mediators] are engaged in it, but I don’t think there are in this case any internal and external conditions to register any serious progress,” said he.

ARF-D Accepts Three Provisions of Madrid Principles: Giro Manoyan (Eng)
Dashnaktsutyun Party accepts the three key provisions of the Madrid Principles, i.e. equal rights for nations, the right to self-determination, and the territorial integrity, a party senior official Giro Manoyan, said.
“These principles are acceptable because what is termed as territorial integrity does not apply to the borders of the Soviet Azerbaijani Republic,” he told a press conference.


Armenia Should Use Peace to Get Military Strength (Arm)

Nothing will change for Karabakh in the upcoming OSCE summit in Astana, and Armenia should use this period of peace, Head of the Chair of Political Science and Law at the Armenian Teachers’ Training University Levon Shirinyan said.

“We should not think that Artsakh is in peace, but rather get prepared for the breaking of the balance,” said he.


Giro Manoyan: ‘Whatever Has Been Said Up To Day Will Be Repeated in Astana’ (Arm)

There is no ground to expect progress over the Karabakh conflict in the OSCE December summit in Astana, and Azerbaijan’s statements that they have great expectations from that summit, is just propaganda aimed at exerting pressure on Armenia, senior official from Dashnaktsutyun Party Giro Manoyan told a press conference.

“Azerbaijan refuses to accept that Karabakh may be out of Azerbaijani rule. The day Azerbaijan accepts that Karabakh may not be under Azerbaijani rule, we can expect serious progress,” said Mr Manoyan.


Dashnaktsutyun Pays Importance to The Adopted By The Socialist International Over NKR (Arm)

In this article senior Dashnaktsutyun Party official Giro Manoyan says that Dashnaktsutyun attaches importance to the statement adopted at the conference of the Socialist International.

“Socialist International itself has decided to continue its efforts to create or encourage mutual trust at the public or political level between the conflicting parties both within the Socialist International … and beyond,” said he.

Pointless to Condemn Those Spreading Hate: Armenian Writer on Azerbaijani Film Festival (Eng)
It is pointless to condemn those spreading violence, writer Vahe Avetyan said in a statement on Facebook, referring to a comment by Union of Cinematographers of Armenia President Ruben Gevorgyants about Georgi Vanyan, the organizer of the Azerbaijani film screenings in Yerevan.

“It’s pointless to condemn the police, for not launching a criminal case against Gevorgyants and those with bad manners, because they have made calls for violence commonplace … and the cinematographer has spread his call through a press conference and that’s enough for the police to begin proceedings, [under] Armenia’s present laws,” said he.


Karabakh Might Become Springboard For Invading Iran: Russian Expert (Arm)

In an interview with Novosti-Azerbaijan Russian expert Vitaly Trofimov said that due to its geopolitical position Nagorno Karabakh may one day become a springboard for an invasion of Iran.

“Presently, Russia’s political elite doesn’t link the Karabakh issue with the current situation in Iran. Nevertheless, it is possible that the situation in the region will change, and Nagorno-Karabakh will become an important springboard for putting pressure on Iran,” he said.
What Is Russia’s Interest In Nagorno-Karabakh? (Eng)
Russian expert Vitaly Trofimov said in an interview with Novosti Azerbaijan that one of the interests Russia has in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is that it wants to prevent immigration from Karabakh to Russia.

“One interest for Russia is not to aggravate immigration from Nagorno-Karabakh to Russia, as well as not to give criminal groups and organizations a foothold in the region,” he said.


What Is the Difference Between NKR’s And Armenia’s Stance? (Arm)
Speaking about the differences between Armenia’s and Karabakh’s policies political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that Karabakh has rather a radical stance over the conflict. The first reason, according to him, is that the conflict immediately refers to Karabakh and not to Armenia. Secondly, Karabakh is an unrecognized state and is not directly involved in the negotiations.

Situation In Karabakh Is Tense: Probability Of War Is Near Zero (Arm)
The situation around Nagorno Karabakh is very tense, but the probability of a fresh war is near zero, Armenian political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan told
“To start a war, there should be completely different grounds that have neither the Armenian, nor the Azerbaijan side … The war will last no more than 5-6 days. It will be stopped. Naturally, why to start a war, create complexities, having no chance for victory?” said he.
No landmark document to be signed in Astana without Karabakh’s participation in talks – Armenian MP (Eng)
The upcoming meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in Astana is unlikely to produce a landmark document on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict unless it is involved in the peace talks, Artak Davtyan, Republican Party of Armenia MP, has said.

“The signing of a serious, landmark document on Nagorno Karabakh will be out of question unless the country itself is involved in the negotiation process,” he said.


When it comes to Azerbaijani films, Babukhanyan is against only to the British (Arm)

This article refers to a statement by the leader of the Constitutional Right Union Party, Hayk Babukhanyan, who said he was against the activities of the British Council in Yerevan when it comes to the organization of the screenings of the Azerbaijani films in Yerevan.

11.22.2010 (Ignore this if Arzu has it too)
Progress in Karabakh Negotiations: Semneby (Eng)
The fact that there’s certain progress in the process of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including recent meetings of the presidents of two countries, gives reason to expect that the difficult period in the settlement process is behind us, the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Ambassador Peter Semneby said.

“There is a fact of some progress in the negotiation process — and it is a sign that we welcome,” Semneby said.


‘I want to create a new picture of Karabakh,’ says Italian photojournalist (Arm)

In this article an Italian photojournalist, who visited Karabakh upon his girlfriend’s advice, says that his impression is as if both the Armenian and Azerbaijani officials do not do their best to solve the Karabakh conflict.

“If the authorities of the two countries really want peace, then I would suggest them to go to the schools and offer the children to play with each other. Believe me; the children will do it with pleasure. It is only the parents that are against it,” said he.


There will be no war because the Armenian army is strong: Komandos (Arm)

Armenia Major General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (known as Komandos) says in this article that the probability of the resumption of a new war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh is very high. However, he mentions that the war will not resume because of several factors, including that fact that the Armenian army is very strong.


Armenians are against returning territories: poll (Arm)

A poll conducted by a British think tank called Populus, according to this article, has revealed that most of the Armenian respondents are for Karabakh’s joining to Armenia, as well as for the existence of a Armenian-controlled corridor linking the two states. It has also disclosed that respondents are categorically against returning the territories surrounding Karabakh to Azerbaijan.

Komandos: The Minsk Group paves the way for war (Arm)
Major General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (known as Komandos) says in this article that the probability of a fresh war over Karabakh is very high partly because of the recent statement by the OSCE Mink Group co-chairs in which Karabakh was considered as an occupied territory, while Stepanakert was referred to as Khankendi, the Azerbaijani version of the town’s name.

Baku threatens to replace Armenia with Nakhichevan (Eng)
In an interview to Novosti Azerbaijan, the Director the Center for Political Innovation and Technology, Mubariz Ahmedoglu, has said that Baku has developed short-term and long-term programs on Nagorno-Karabakh. The essence of the short-term program is Armenia’s economic isolation from the entire region. According to this program, Nakhichevan will offer better prices for goods to the world than Armenia.

“Nakhichevan will become a centre for trade, and nonferrous metals, which Armenia sells abroad, will be more profitable for other countries to buy them from Azerbaijan,” said the analyst.


Armenia’s representative to UN addresses letter to Ban Ki-Moon (Arm)
Armenia’s permanent representative to UN Karen Nazaryan has addressed a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In the letter he accuses Azerbaijan of “distorting historical facts, hindering the negotiations process and inciting military actions.
“To justify its aggressive stance Azerbaijan is seeding enmity, racial hatred and prejudices towards Armenian and Nagorno Karabakh,” wrote he in the letter.

Has Serzh Sargsyan agreed to 2+5 scenario? (Arm)

Citing local Armenian daily Haykakan Zhamanak (Armenian Time) the source mentions that Armenia’s President, Serzh Sargsyan, may not attend the up-coming OSCE summit to be held in Astana. Mentioning that the US is sparing no efforts so that at least two regions surrounding Nagorno Karabakh are returned to Azerbaijan under the so-called “2+5” format, is further says that Armenia’s president has already agreed to that option.


Sargsyan and Aliyev won’t reach consensus even if they want so: De Waal (Eng)

Famous British journalist and expert on South Caucasus at the Carnegie Foundation, Thomas de Waal, said that there are no grounds to suppose that there will be any breakthrough over Karabakh issue at the upcoming OSCE summit in Astana.

“The public opinion both in Azerbaijan and in Armenia is against any compromises and peace which hinders the agreement of the basic principles, even if Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan want that,” said Mr de Waal.


Hovik Abrahamyan: ‘Azerbaijan should realize once and for all that Karabakh will never be under its rule’ (Arm)

Chairman of Armenia’s National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan said that Azerbaijan must once and for all realize that Nagorno Karabakh will never be under Azerbaijani rule; especially given it has never been so.

“Once and for all Azerbaijan must realize that Nagorno Karabakh, which is far ahead of Azerbaijan in terms of democracy, will never be under its rule, especially given it has never been,” said he.


Karabakhi people strongly oppose to ceding territories: Populus (Eng)

This article refers to the results of a recent poll conducted in Karabakh. The poll has revealed that people in Nagorno Karabakh clearly want peace, but following a list of historic and recent events, they have little trust in most international organisations and countries and are also opposed to returning territories to the Azerbaijani rule.



Eji Buzek Russia and Europe should jointly find a solution to frozen conflicts (Eng)
Head of the European Parliament, Eji Buzek, said that Russia and European bodies should join their efforts to solve the conflicts of Transdnestria, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabakh, adding that there can be no United Europe unless these conflicts have been resolved.

“Without solving these problems, as well as the Nagorno Karabakh issue, we cannot insist that we are living in a free and united Europe,” Mr Buzek said.
The Caucasus imperative: Vardan Oskanian (Eng)
Speaking about the situation in the Caucasus and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, former Armenian Foreign Minsiter Vardan Oskanian writes in this article that upcoming OSCE summit in Astana must lead to real, sustainable success.
“Otherwise, it will appear that no amount of negotiation can help set the Caucasus straight – powerfully undermining a key restraint preventing the two sides from trying again to achieve a military solution.”


Karabakhi trap for Russia (Arm)

According to this article, Russia may be pushed into the Karabakh conflict and be later drawn out of South Caucasus for ever, as it happened in case of the South-Ossetian war. Therefore, it is possible that Russia may propose a scheme of the Nagorno Karabakh settlement in the OSCE summit in Astana and assume an important role in the settlement. And if the West really prepares a trap for Russia, it will not oppose to Russia’s proposal to let it get trapped into the settlement.

[He] may not visit Astana either (Arm)

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan may not attend the OSCE December summit in Astana, as he did in case of the NATO summit held in the mid November, said Hamlet Harutyunyan, MP from the ruling Republican of Armenia.

“If we make sure that there will be anything anti-Armenia, anti-Artsakh, he will not go [to Astana], but to my deepest belief, he RA president will go to Astana,” said he.


Karabakh war will allow pulling out Russian military bases (Arm)

In an interview with Novosti-Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu said a fresh war in Nagorno Karabakh would enable Armenia’s president to bring the country onto an anti-Russian track, because in case of a war, Georgia and Iran will demand that Russia remove its military base from Armenian town of Gyumri.

“[Serzh] Sargsyan will himself start negotiations with Tbilisi and Tehran, proposing to pull out the [Russian] military bases in exchange of guarantees to preserve the connection to the outer world via Georgia,” said he.


There is no alternative to peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict: Goran Lenmarker (Eng)

In a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Goran Lenmarker, expressed confidence that there is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
Armenia against setting up sub-committee on Karabakh, head of delegation says (Eng)
David Harutyunyan, the head of the Armenian delegation to PACE, said Armenia is opposed to setting up a PACE subcommittee on Karabakh.

“First of all, the idea of creating a sub-committee does not belong to Mevlut Chavushoglu, but rather to PACE, which had incorporated the proposal in its Resolution 1416. Second, we considered it to be wrong even then – and it proved to be wrong. Third, we haven’t changed our stance on the issue and consider the idea to make no sense,” said he.

I Hope that Need to Recognize Karabakh will Mature After Astana: Hovhanisian (Eng)
Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovhanisian told the source that he considered it wrong that Armenia’s president did not attend the NATO Summit held in the second half of November. He also expressed hope that the recognition of Karabakh’s independence by Armenia will be more mature after the Astana summit.

“I hope that in Astana there won’t be very crucial lessons to be learned for our public and politicians, but I think that the summit will be another episode on which matures the need to recognize the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh,” he said.


Diasporan organizations take the risk of an Artsakh war seriously (Arm)

According to this article, the international community, including the Armenian Diaspora, well aware of the tense situation over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. They are well aware of the possibility of a new war and therefore spend a lot of efforts to be ready for any such developments. Further it says that the war will be perceived by the international community not a regional one but rather a war that may spread beyond the region and, therefore, the reaction of the international community to such development will be very strict and decisive.


Kazakhstan may take an initiative on Karabakh beyond OSCE format (Arm)

Political analyst Suren Zolyan says that Kazakhstan may take an initiative over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict off the OSCE Minsk Group format. Speaking about the OSCE December summit in Astana, he said that no breakthrough decision will be made there. As for speculations that Armenia’s president may not attend the Astana summit, Mr Zolyan said he sees no reason Serzh Sargsyan should not attend it.


There is no talk of going or not going to Astana (Arm)

There is no such issue as to whether or not Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan will attend the OSCE summit to be held in December in Astana, Kazakhstan, according to the president’s speaker Armen Arzumanyan.

According to him, the fact that Serzh Sargsyan did not attend the NATO summit in Lisbon is accounted for by the fact that first Armenia is not a NATO member and has rarely been presented in NATO at the presidential level. Secondly Armenia’s leadership was discontent with the summit declaration that had a general formulation about the conflicts in South Caucasus.


It’s time to turn a new page in Karabakh peace talks: OSCE Secretary General (Eng)

To achieve the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, both sides need to demonstrate a constructive approach and spirit, so that it would be possible to achieve peace in the region which is the target of the Minsk Group, the OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut said in Astana.
“It is time to turn the page so that the two neighboring countries can live in an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation. It is necessary to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he diplomat said.

American co-chair doesn’t want that Sargsyan and Aliyev meet just for the sake of meeting (Arm)

In an interview with an Azerbaijani TV the OSCE American co-chair Robert Bradtke said that the mediators will try to achieve results at the OSCE summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, in December 1-2. Further he said that it is early to say anything about the meeting to be held between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents.

“There is no need to hold a meeting only to have held it. We want to see results,” said he.

It is not realistic to expect Karabakh conflict’s resolution after Astana: Zalber (Arm)

The OSCE summit in Astana, may give a new impetus to the negotiation process over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but the parties should be realistic and not to expect too much from that summit, Director of the OSCE Centre for Conflict Prevention Herbert Zalber said.

“This conflict has rather deep roots. It has a long history. It would probably be not realistic to expect that the problem could be solved here,” said he.
WikiLeaks serious message to Armenia, Azerbaijan ahead of Astana summit: Safaryan
Speaking about the WikiLeaks publication, Heritage party parliamentary faction leader Stepan Safaryan said they contained “yellow cards” for Armenia and Azerbaijan and are a serious message ahead of the OSCE summit in Astana.

“This is like shuffling playing cards and distributing them again. Further, these publicized documents contain scandalous messages for all countries, so that from now on these countries’ government reviews their adopted policies,” he said.
Sargsyan, Aliyev in Sochi debated date for NKR referendum: WikiLeaks document (Eng)
In Sochi, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan had put forth a proposal for specifying a definite date for a referendum on Nagorno-Karabakh’s final status, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said, according to a leaked document dated Feb. 25, 2010, and released by WikiLeaks on Sunday.

“Aliyev noted that at Sochi, President Sargsian had inserted a proposal for specifying a definite date for a referendum or plebiscite on NK final status. This, Aliyev argued, undermined the entire framework of the agreement,” read the document.


Medvedev to elaborate document on Karabakh conflict: Russian FM (Eng)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has wants to elaborate a document on the basic principles of the Karabakh conflict settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Golos Rossii radio station in an interview.

“Russian President Dmitry Medvedev deals with the issue personally. His objective is to elaborate the first comprehensive document entitled The Basic Principles for the Settlement of Karabakh Conflict. As a legally binding instrument it might predetermine the main trends to the implementation of a peaceful settlement agreement,” said he.
Failure to solve Karabakh conflict is due to its complexity, says OSCE Sec Gen (Eng)
Ignore this one if Arzu has it too!
Failure to achieve results over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a sign of the complexity of the conflict, rather than the result of ineffective efforts by OSCE, the organization’s Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut said.
“I don’t think that the problem is related to the organization. The OSCE is interested in the establishment of peace and we are gathering here to build future. Our failure to achieve results is not a sign of non-effectiveness of the organization, but a sign of complication of the conflict,” said he.
Medvedev ‘blackmailed’ Aliyev over Karabakh: Ukrainskaya Pravda (Eng)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has allegedly used the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a means of blackmail against Azerbaijan, according to the secret documents made public by WikiLeaks.

“[Azerbaijani President] Ilham Aliyev received a document saying that should Azerbaijan recognize the Holodomor as Genocide in United Nations, it can then forget about Nagorno Karabakh forever,” read the document.


No breakthrough is expected from Astana process in Armenia and Karabakh (Arm)

The source has interviewed some political figures Armenian and Karabakh who have mentioned that they don’t expect any breakthrough from the OSCE Summit to be held in Astana from December 1-2.

Spokesperson of the Republican Party of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov said that everything will depend on the extent Azerbaijan will be constructive. Spokesperson of the president of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Davit Babayan, likewise said that there can be no change in the negotiations process unless the international community makes Azerbaijan adopt a constructive approach.

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