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Digest of Armenian Media for November 15- 30
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According to this article, Ali Hasanov Head of the Public and Political Department of the Azerbaijani presidential administration said that Azerbaijan welcomes any meeting between representatives of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno Karabakh if those meeting will contribute to the resolution of the conflict. “Any way, which may help contribute to resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, including a meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno Karabakh, is acceptable and must receive backing,” Ali Hasanov.
This article says that European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku. “EU’s role in the Karabakh conflict settlement is somehow different compared to the OSCE Minsk Group. But the EU backs the Minsk Group’s activities,” said she. Further, Ashton said that they discussed also the Karabakh conflict. “It is possible that at some point there some activities organized aimed at building trust between the parties,” explained she.
This article says that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Pirvanov that Azerbaijan is doing its best for the rapid resolution of the Karabakh conflict and considers the settlement of the conflict based on international principles as acceptable. Aliyev also said that Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity has been recognized by the international community and it therefore cannot be a subject for talks. He also reminded that the OSCE Minsk Group has made “very serious” statements about the unacceptability of the current status quo.
According to this article, Deputy Armenian Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said that when it comes to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict territorial integrity cannot be opposed to nation’s right to self-determination. Kocharyan commented on a statement by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev who said Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity is not subject for talks. “Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity cannot be a topic for Karabakh talks, as according to the fundamental norms of the international law, including the UN Charter, territorial integrity cannot be opposed to the nation’s right to self-determination,” said Kocharyan.
According to this article, leader of the Democratic Party of Armenia Aram G. Sargsyan said that when Azerbaijan was chosen as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Armenians made a fuss about it, but then concerns seemed to die into oblivion. But, according to him, that is a serious issue as Azerbaijan will use the UN SC platform to push “lies and fraud” forward. “What did Armenia’s Foreign Minsitry do about it? Probably nothing,” said Sargsyan. He also said that his party is ready to send an open letter to the UN members and present the historical and legal basis of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Romania is strongly supporting a peaceful settlement on the basis of the international law and in the concentrated format of the Minsk group and the authority of the OSCE, said Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi after a meeting with Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian.
“We have to respect international standards and all we want is to see both sides getting to a peaceful settlement of this problem because this is critical for a long-term stability and the economic chances of this region,” Teodor Baconschi said.
This article says that Russian analysts Oleg Kuznetsov said in an interview that the Armenian-Azerbaijani war was and remains a foreign concept in Russian consciousness, much like the United States’ war in Iraq. “With regards to the question of which side of the Karabakh conflict Russian society sympathizes with, the answer would be something like this: in general, Russia’s citizens are indifferent to this international issue. Karabakh is not their problem. Further, he said that it would be better if “Azerbaijan ceased the smear campaign against attacks from Armenia and carried on its own propaganda campaign”.
According to this article, Deputy Chairman of Azerbaijan’s Parliament Bahar Muradova said that any change in the OSCE Minsk Group format will cause a delay in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The reason, according to him, is that the three co-chairing countries have all this time got experience and have a clear idea of the current situation in the region. He also said if the European Union wants to assist with the settlement of the conflict it can do it without necessarily changing the format of talks.
This article says that a construction plan envisages building of a 100,000-strong city for Azerbaijani-Armenians in the region of Kashatagh, a settlement located in the territories adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh. Speaking to reporters, Andreas Ghukasyan, a lawyer, said that project would require $3.5 billion, and the construction will last five years. The idea is still in embryonic state. If built, the city will be governed by the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.
This article says that US embassy in Baku commented on America Foreign Policy Council official Wayne Mery’s visit to Karabakh, saying it will not change Washington’s attitude towards the Karabakh conflict. “This visit will not change Washington’s policy in regard to Nagorno-Karabakh”, US Embassy Spokesperson Keith Bean as saying. Further, he said that the US, like any other country in the world, including Armenia, does not recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic”. At the same time, Bean said that US citizens can freely exercise their right to travel without seeking the permission of the government.
This article says that former Israeli MP Alexander Zinker said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is somehow similar to the Israeli-Palestinian. “I think that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is similar to the Israeli-Palestinian one,” Zinker said, adding that Karabakh has “status quo – no matter recognized or not.” However, the expert is concerned over Azerbaijan’s attitude. “It is not clear why they think the conflict can only be resolved in a military way. No one can gain victory in this conflict. A compromise is needed,” he added.
Catherine Ashton backs OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ efforts [ARM]
This article says that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with European Union’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Affairs Catherine Ashton. Nalbandian briefed her of the latest developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. In this context, the EU official expressed her support to the efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.
This article says that after the OSCE conducted a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, said that though the situation is stable on the Contact Line, the situation in general is not good. “It cannot be said that at this moment there are any essential violations. The situation is not that good, but it is stable. Anyhow, I am discontent with the situation as still there are human losses,” said he.
According to this article, that OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Bernard Fassier will do his last trip to the region as co-chair as a French expert named Jack Fort will replace him in his capacity. Jack Fort is currently France’s Ambassador to Ukraine and is already completing his mission there.
This article says that Der Beria, a representative of the Brown University, said that the best way to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is to do it through diplomacy. “It’s right, it is difficult, but any war should be avoided,” said he. Further, Beria said that he was visiting Armenia for the first time and would like to visit again to have a clear understanding of the Karabakh conflict. In his words, the US is interested in the preservation of security and stability in the South Caucasus.
The possibility of renewed hostilities between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh is very small, Thomas de Waal, an expert on the South Caucasus and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, said in an interview. He also said that when he traveled to Baku this year, and “their reaction after Kazan was that they don’t want war and they’re spending money on weapons not to fight but to force Armenia to join the arms race and go bankrupt”. “I think that Azerbaijan is living an illusion,” said he, adding that regardless of financial means, Armenia won’t make unilateral concessions.
This article says that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev spoke about the Karabakh conflict, saying that it is the deepest wound for Azerbaijan. “Karabakh is out deepest wound. I am sure that our territorial integrity will be restored, forcefully displaced people will return to their homes, justice will prevail,” said Aliyev. Further, he said that if negotiations yield no results, Azerbaijan will have to opt for a military solution. “If the Karabakh conflict is not resolved through negotiations, then we will have to choose the military way of the settlement. That is our sovereign right,” Aliyev added.
According to this article Crisis Group’s South Caucasus Project Director Lawrence Sheets, speaking about the current situation over the Karabakh conflict, said that the international community and countries involved in the peace process should make sure that both parties adopt a quiet position to the situation on the ground, which is very fluid and can be destabilized at any time. “So in addition to short term steps to stabilize the situation, we need to be looking at various alternatives and how to move forward without disturbing the process that has been going on for 17 years,” said he. Sheets also said that the status quo is not sustainable in the long run.
According to this article, Neil Melvin, Director, of the Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said that the situation with respect to Nagorno-Karabakh is fragile and the OSCE Minsk Group has failed to achieve a breakthrough and that there is no clear alternative process to take forward the peace agenda. “This has led to some expressions of concern by the international community regarding the risk of a return to serious violence. Azerbaijan’s position on the UN Security Council has added a new dimension to this situation,” the analyst argued. In Melvin’s view, at this point, a unilateral Azerbaijani initiative in the UN on Karabakh is unlikely to lead to a breakthrough.
The Karabakh second war [ARM]
This article by Armenian analyst Igor Muradyan says that Russia’s failure to settle the Karabakh conflict is being ridiculed all over the world and that presently Russia does not have any other proposal for the resolution of the conflict. He also says that no agency, no expert is able to design such a settlement proposal that would be more or less meaningful. Further, he says that given the preservation of relative co-existence in the region is a fundamental issue for US, Russia has no other choice than to break that situation and initiated the resumption of military actions in Nagorno Karabakh.
This article says that the Armenian Defense Ministry made a comment over the killing of two Armenian conscripts in Nagorno Karabakh, saying that the Armenian side will take inadequate action for every lost life of an Armenian soldier. It also said that “Azerbaijan obviously violates the provisions stipulated by the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE)”. Further, the Defense Ministry said that it is obvious that “Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is the only one responsible for such incidents as well as for the failure to achieve a breakthrough in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process”. “It is Ilham Aliyev’s policy that seriously endangers the regional peace which is fragile as it is,” read the statement.
According to this article, Sinan Ogan, member of the Turkish National Movement party, said that the Armenian-Turkish border will not open until Armenia meets the demands of Azerbaijan, which is “withdrawal of Armenian troops from Nagorno Karabakh and adjacent territories, and return of refugees and forces migrants to their home”. Ogan further brought up a new condition for the opening of the Armenia-Turkey border: he said Armenia must close down its nuclear power plant which is near to the Turkish border.
According to this article, Armenian political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan said that “it is the Armenian diplomacy that is responsible for the international community’s silence on Azerbaijani snipers’ activities”. “Reaction may yet be expected. However, the fact that such actions are not denounced regularly can be interpreted as a flaw in our diplomatic service,” said he. Further, he said that though the international community conducts regular monitoring it does not demand that each incident be adequately assessed.
This article says that Armenian political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan, speaking about the recent killing of two Armenian conscripts in Nagorno Karabakh, said that “punitive measures wouldn’t be late”. “[Azerbaijani President Ilham] Aliyev’s recent statement says much – he’s stated that the situation in the region isn’t stable, that the conflict isn’t frozen but it is active and that Azerbaijan is ready to regain Artsakh [Karabakh] through armed conflict,” said he. In his opinion, Azerbaijan wouldn’t display all those casualties recorded in the aftermath of Armenian punitive measures.
Moscow will hardly activate negotiation process over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the near future, Azerbaijani political analyst Arif Yunusov has said. According to him “the failure of Kazan meeting is not forgotten” and “this was Medvedev’s last effort to achieve settlement of Karabakh conflict”. “However it all failed, and Medvedev would not feel like this sort of meetings now. Neither will next President Putin mind for that: the attention of Russia’s leaders is now largely focused on domestic issues,” said he. Further Yunusov said that the parties to the Karabakh conflict should not expect any news on the settlement in the near future.
This article says that Armen Kaprielyan, head of Armenia’s State Commission on POWs, Hostages and Missing Persons, said that the real number of Armenian captives currently kept in Azerbaijan is larger than presented by Baku. “That refers to our compatriots who were captured during previous years,” said he, adding that Azerbaijan puts that number at eight – three POWs and a five-member family. Kaprielyan also said that the condition of those eight captives is satisfactory.
According to this article, Maya Kocijancic, head of the European Union’s foreign policy service, said that the European Union sees its role in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a completion to the OSCE Minsk Group. “The EO backs the efforts aimed at strengthening trust between the conflicting parties,” said she, adding that the EU continues making efforts to reach a peaceful settlement to the Karabakh conflict by supporting the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group. She also said that the EU has confirmed on several occasions that it is ready to help with the reconstruction and development of the territories affected by the conflict.
This article says that the newly appointed OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Jacques Faure will assume his responsibilities as co-chair by January 2012. Faure will replace present French Co-Chair Bernard Fassier who will leave the office in the end of this year. Faure is currently France’s Ambassador to France.
Senior member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun Kiro Manoyan said that the coming years are unlikely to see any progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement talks. According to him, no progress can be expected given both conflicting countries are in the run-up to elections, with Azerbaijan having become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. “The mediators will restricts themselves only to statements aimed at easing tensions over a possible war,” he added.
This article says that Deputy Azerbaijani Foreign Minster Araz Azimov said Baku has no expectations from the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ upcoming visit to the South Caucasus region. According to him the Russia-mediated meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents earlier this year though introduced clarity into the Karabakh peace deal, it made the process stagnant. The Azerbaijani official further said that French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s recent visit to Yerevan also proved fruitless.
This article says that the Defense Army of the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh started “punitive actions all along the contact line in response to killing of Karabakh soldiers”. Citing unnamed sources it said that, an Azerbaijani soldier was killed on November 23 in the direction of Horadiz as a result of actions.
Armenia’s Ministry of Defense will undertake appropriate action to counteract any sniper activities by Azerbaijan; Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said, referring to the deaths of two Armenian soldiers, according to the ministry, were shot in separate incidents on Nov. 19 and 20 in Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijani snipers. Ohanyan said he refers to “this practice of Azerbaijan’s very negatively”. “There is a ceasefire agreement, and we always express our willingness in not violating it, to withdraw the snipers, but the Republic of Azerbaijan’s leadership, their military leadership refuses to do this,” he said.
Armenian political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that currently there is an interlude in trilateral meetings related to the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. However, this does not mean that no further meetings should be expected or that Russia will not any more deal with the problem. “What happened in Kazan with respect to expectations and disappointments was a bubble by journalists. Nothing should have been expected of that meeting,” said he. According to him, Russia’s power is not sufficient in the case of Nagorno-Karabakh, and other forces need to be involved as well.
Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said that the scheduled elections in the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, as well as in Armenia and Azerbaijan, cannot impede the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process. “The statement that the elections may impede the negotiation process is untrue. All countries periodically hold elections but regardless of the outcomes, they do not change their positions,” said he. Further, Azimov said that no difference between Armenian former President Robert Kocharyan and the incumbent Serzh Sargsyan can be observed when it comes to the Karabakh conflict.
Former president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Goran Lenmarker said that when it comes to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict it is important that societies of the conflicting parties engage in dialogue as whatever solution is achieved at the political level should be acceptable for the public too. “Otherwise there will be no solution and if there is no solution the status quo will be gone and a lot of people will suffer,” explained he. Another thing from the outside that Europe could do more is to give membership perspective to Azerbaijan and Armenia and Georgia in the European Union, he added.
According to this article, Svante Cornel, Director of Research Institute on Central Asia and Caucasus at the John Hopkins University said that there will be no significant change in the Karabakh peace process in the near future. He also said he never thought the Kazan meeting would yield any results. Conversely, process was rather drawn back which resulted in a situation when neither the co-chairs nor someone else is taking any steps over the issue. He also said that the OSCE Minsk Group should be represented by special representatives of the presidents of their respective countries.
This article says that Deputy Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said that Armenian President refused to agree on the renewed Madrid Principles in January 2012. He also said that any construction, particularly that of the roadway in Karvachar (Kelbajar) is illegal. “In their statements Armenian officials accuse Azerbaijan of the failure of the Kazan meeting. But the issue should be looked at from a different viewpoint. In 2012 Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan refused the renewed Madrid Principles,” said he.
Member of the opposition alliance Armenian National Congress (HAK), Vladimir Karapetyan, said a lot of mistakes should be corrected when it comes to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to him, the HAK believes that the cornerstones of Armenia’s foreign policy are Nagorno-Karabakh issue and the normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations.
The article says that Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has included Betravel, Gigatour and Oceanides tourism companies in a “black list” for considering Nagorno Karabakh as an independent state. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Elman Abdullayev said that the ministry is trying to find out if those companies included Nagorno Karabakh in their 2012 tour packages. “If that is proved, then the Azerbaijani side will take relevant measures,” said Abdullayev.
According to this article, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan, commenting on the sniper shootings on the border, said that as long as the Nagorno Karabakh problem remains unsolved, the situation will remain tense on the border. He also expressed hope that the existing tension will not cause further human losses. “We have lost two soldiers over the last few days, and Azerbaijan’s authorities are fully responsible for the losses. They are also responsible for further losses in their army. If the life of their soldiers is of no value to them, our soldiers’ life is of very great value to us,” the Armenian president.
This article says that the Intelligence service of the Defense Army of Nagorno Karabakh reported that the Karabakhi army took preventive measures on the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh from November 20-25, killing and wounding seven Azerbaijani soldiers. It also says that the Azerbaijani side did not report on the incidents in an attempt to avoid internal resentment and unrest.
According to this article, Sheikh Ul-Islam and Grand Mufti of the Caucasus, Allahshukur Pashazade, said in a meeting with Armenian president that he told Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev on various occasions that a war cannot be a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
He also expressed confidence that the efforts by Sargsyan and Aliyev will allow solving the Karabakh conflict. Further, Pashazade, said the spiritual leaders of both Armenia and Azerbaijan are ready to assist with the settlement of the conflict.
This article says following a meeting with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kiril II spoke about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, highlighting the importance of a negotiated settlement. All the three parties express their commitment to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict. We are willing to support the principle of non-use of force, which inspires a resolute trust in the peace process,” said he. Further Kiril II said that in addition to the agreement on returning the prisoners of war and dead bodies, “we also request the withdrawal of snipers from the Contact Line to avoid victims”.
According to this article, Armenia and Azerbaijan may approximate their positions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process, US Ambassador Mathew Bryza has said, speaking about the coming visit of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. Bryza also said that a possible meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities may reduce incidents across the Contact Line. Further, he stressed the importance of reaching a mutually acceptable agreement, adding that they might finish negotiating the framework agreement and proceed to the final round of talks in case the there is a mutual trust between the conflicting parties.
This article says that Armenian President said at a the presidium meeting of the CIS Interfaith Council that the conflict of Karabakh isn’t of religious nature, and cannot stand inverse of Christian and Muslim religions. Sargsyan also said it is “intolerable to annihilate historical cultural and spiritual monuments under the cover of the conflict”. He also highlighted the commitment to restore them pointing the “Blue Mosque” from the 18th century standing in the center of Yerevan.
Armenian political analyst Manvel Sargsyan said that the ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and the killings of Armenian conscripts are a deliberately designed policy by Azerbaijan, aimed at reminding that the Karabakh conflict is unresolved and are an attempt to make its threats sound serious. In his words, by killing Armenian conscripts, Azerbaijan is exerting pressure on the international community so that the latter will pay due attention to its demands. He also said that at the political and diplomatic level Armenia should spare no effort to make Azerbaijan pay high prices for its stance.
This article says that former Foreign Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Arman Melikyan said that “the killings of Armenian soldiers by Azerbaijan” on the Line of Contact between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan is pursues one aim – to demonstrate that the conflict is not resolved yet and that Azerbaijan may resume military action ay any moment. He also said that he considers the response by Armenian side “quite relevant”. “We must retaliate, and the human losses must not be in one side only,” said Melikyan, adding that for one killed Armenian conscript, the Armenian armed forces should kill more than on Azerbaijani conscript.
US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza said that one of the topics on the agenda of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ upcoming visit will be the recent incidents on the Line of Contact between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan. “I don’t expect anything new from this visit by co-chairs. Though it might send additional energy into the talks’ process,” said he. Bryza also said he backs meetings between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, adding that such meetings should be of frequent occurrence.
This article says that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Philippe Lefort and discussed the Karabakh conflict. Particularly, they had an in-depth discussion about the Karabakh peace process, touching upon issues such as strengthening confidence-building measures between the conflicting parties. Nalbandian asked Lefort to pay attention to “racial discrimination and anti-Armenian propaganda used by Azerbaijan on state level”.
This article says that OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs said at a meeting with Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan that the examination of ceasefire violations across the Line of Contact with Azerbaijan revealed that effective mechanisms of international investigation should be introduced. Seyran Ohanyan, in turn, briefed them on the current situation on the Line of Contact, noting that the “provocations of Azerbaijani snipers are a threat to the efforts made by the Minsk Group co-chairs’ to strengthen the atmosphere of mutual trust”.
This article says that OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs crossed the Armenian borderline with Azerbaijan in the area of Ijevan-Ghazakh as part of a regular monitoring on Tuesday. Prior to the monitoring the co-chairs, who were in a visit in Armenia, held a briefing in Tavush province municipality and discussed the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, the violations of ceasefire accord and issues related to Azerbaijani snipers. The monitoring of the border took place in the vicinity of Kaian village.
According to this article, Grigory Ayvazyan, Head of the Azerbaijani-Armenians’ Assembly, said that the Caucasus Muslims’ leader Allahshukur Pashazade’s visit to Armenia was not aimed at establishing peace. Ayvazyan also said that though their assembly did not hold a rally to protest Pashazade’s visit, they will do so next time he decides to come to Armenia. Further, he called upon the Muslim spiritual leader, on behalf of the displaced Armenian residents of Azerbaijan, to talk his country’s leadership into “refraining from provocations against Armenia and attempts to resume the war in Karabakh”.
This article says that Armenian and Azerbaijani spiritual leaders Garegin II and Allahshukur Pashazade agreed to have one of their upcoming meetings in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It also says that Haji Sabir Hasanli, who unveiled this news to media, said that the agreement was reached during Pashazade’s recent visit to Armenia. The article also says that the exact date of the planned meeting is not known yet.
This article says that US Deputy Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin expects the year 2012 to mark a considerable progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks. Speaking at a conference in Washington he said US is hopeful the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh will be settled in the nearest future. “We are doing everything we can now, to support the Minsk Group in helping and hoping move to actual peace talks in Nagorno-Karabakh after so many years,” said Rubin.
According to this article, Spokesperson for Armenia’s Ministry of Defense David Karapetyan said that he hopes Azerbaijan will change his stance over the issue of snipers on the Line of Contact after the meeting of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian spiritual leaders. Karapetyan said he hopes that Baku will express willingness to remove snipers from the Line of Contact and avoid causing unnecessary tension there.
Azerbaijani defense minister discusses Karabakh conflict with OSCE co-chairs [ARM]
This article says that Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev meet with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in Baku and discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Particularly, they spoke about the current situation in the peace process, its future, as well as the current situation on the Line of Contact,
According to this article, Zhirayr Liparityan, former Armenian presidential advisor and currently a professor in Chicago University said at a conference on South Caucasus issues that there are two possible solutions to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to the fist scenario, Russia becomes a main player, and according to the second one, Armenia and Azerbaijan start to directly engage into dialogue. The reason, he said he thinks to, is that the US and Europe have washed their hands when it comes to protracted conflicts in South Caucasus.
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