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Digest of Armenian Media for October 1-14
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According to this article, Danish Parliament MP Hussein Arac said that the resolution of the Karabakh conflict can encourage the settlement of other ethnic conflicts. He also said that the world powers must be interested in the resolution of ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus. ‘Russia must be more active in Karabakh issue since an ethnic conflict can pose a danger for Russia itself,” said Arac. “The recent past showed how Russia suffered from ethnic conflicts. Therefore, resolution of the Karabakh conflict can encourage resolution of other ethnic conflicts, too,” the Danish MP added.
This article says that the Foreign Ministry of the de facto Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh issued a statement in response to the Azerbaijani authorities’ reaction to the recent municipal election in Karabakh. The statement said that the September 18 municipal elections in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic were another successful demonstration of the democratic process in the country. It also reminded Azerbaijan “that its attempts to deprive the people of Nagorno Karabakh of the right to democratic development and consolidation of a civil society are doomed to failure”.
According to this article, Armenian political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that the declaration adopted at the Eastern Partnership summit is important in the sense that it says all the existing conflicts in the South Caucasus, including the Karabakh conflict, must be resolved peacefully, taking into account the UN regulations and international norms that include territorial integrity and nations’ right to self-determination. This, according to Iskandaryan, is the reaffirmation of the provisions stipulated in Muscoca and Astana, which means that the NK conflict settlement process should be continued within the OSCE Minsk Group format and with EU’s partial participation.
Armenian political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that Armenia president highlighted at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw that Karabakh is not only about land, it is also about people. “That Azerbaijan did not respond to the statement is an important factor but we should also consider Russia’s reaction,” said he. Iskandaryan further said that Russian Foreign Ministry MFA said that integration processes in the framework of Eastern Partnership should not hamper similar developments within Commonwealth and Collective Security Treaty Organization countries.
A long-term settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is only possible with international support, German Ambassador to Armenia Herbert Quelle said. He also said that the Europe has always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. “At the same time we have to accept that there is a negotiation format in the form of the OSCE Minsk Group. Nobody wants to disturb this format,” Ambassador Quelle said, adding that “world public opinion will play a key role in establishing this support”.
According to this article, Fatma Sahin, Turkey’s Family and Social Policy Minister said that the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a cause common to all Turkic women. According to her, no Turkic woman can be indifferent to what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh. “Azerbaijan’s fate is our fate. Azerbaijan’s grief is our grief. Azerbaijan’s joy is our joy,” said she.
According to this article, German Ambassador to Azerbaijan Herbert Quelle said that the European special envoy to South Caucasus will in the nearest future come up with new proposals over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also said the EU and Germany are concerned over how they can contribute to the negotiations so that to facilitate a peaceful settlement to the Karabakh conflict. “In the nearest future EU’s new special envoy on South Caucasus will come up with new proposals,” said he.
This article says that Russian news agency Regnum, citing unnamed diplomatic sources in Baku, said in a news article that should Moscow not come up with a news proposal over the Karabakh conflict settlement in near future, Azerbaijan will refuse to extend the lease contract of the radar dislodged in Azerbaijani region of Gabala and will join the Nabucco gas pipeline project. “For a long time we have been waiting for Moscow’s answer over the Karabakh conflict, but have not received any. It is true, Baku is thankful to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s active mediatory efforts, but they are obviously not enough,” the source was quoted as saying.
According to this article, Mevlut Chavushoglu, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, said that the resumption of the activities of the Sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh was not his own initiative but that of the PACE Bureau. “The PACE Bureau made a decision over the functioning of that [sub-committee]. But that decision was not welcomed by the Armenians. I can understand them, but I do not agree with the opinion that the resumption of the activities of that sub-committee was my own initiative,” said Chavushoglu.
Russia’s active involvement in the OSCE Minsk Group is an important component of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier said in article in the Russian online newspaper Komersant. He also pointed out Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s personal involvement in the top-level Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations. Assistance in settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, along with measures to prevent local escalation, is one more priority Russia and the key OSCE member-states agree on, he added.
According to this article, Azerbaijan Foreign Minsiter Elmar Mammadyarov said that the plan for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict has been outlined. “The low activeness in the process was mainly due to the summer period. I was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly’s session,” said he, adding that he also had discussion with the Russian and American co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. “The discussions focused on the situation assessment and our further steps. We understand a great deal has been done, and the plan is sketched. The current activities are focused on the details,” Mammadyarov said.
According to this news article, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza said that Iran cannot act as a mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks. Bryza also said that the conflicting parties favor the OSCE Minsk Group’s efforts in the peace settlement deal. He also ruled out any possibility of resorting to military operations.
This article says that Naira Zohrabyan, an Armenian delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, spoke about the self-determination right of Karabakh at a PACE plenary session. Zohrabyan said that maintaining peace should be accompanied by maintain human rights. “I would like to stop at such a most important provision of the international law as nation’s right to self-determination,” said she. Further, Zohrabyan said that the 55th provision of the UN Charter stipulates the precedence of nation’s right to self-determination to other human rights. She also said that the recognition of Karabakh is a matter of time.
This article says that following the vote by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to grant “Partner for Democracy” status to the Palestinian National Council, Naira Zohrabyan, member of Armenian delegation to PACE, said that the issue has served as an example to raise the issue why a similar solution cannot be found for Nagorno-Karabakh. “This has served as a perfect moment to find out why a similar solution cannot be found for Nagorno-Karabakh,” said she. Zohrabyan further, said that the issue is logical, since the Council of Europe doesn’t discuss the recognition of Palestine but the MPs have voted to grant “Partner for democracy” status to the Palestinian National Council.
This article says that the Armenian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe did not attend the session of the Sub-Committee on Karabakh issues. Samed Seidov, Head of Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, said that they discussed the Armenian delegation’s absence for a long time and decided to inform the PACE Bureau about it. “Everybody saw that Armenia is violating the unanimous decision of the PACE Bureau and is not attending the meeting,” said Seidov.
According to this article, Russian political analyst, Alexander Markedonov said that the South Caucasus has turned into a main security point for Europe, Eurasia and Transatlantic region. According to him, the geopolitical future of the South Caucasus is in many cases dependent on the outcome of the Karabakh talks and the reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey. The settlement of these two problems, according to him, will pave the way of forgetting the problems of the past and preventing the potential threats and crises.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is ready to contribute to the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, said OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, adding that the OSCE is keeping track of the international efforts to normalize the situation. Further, he said that the OSCE Secretary General appreciates Russia’s mediation efforts, adding that he hopes the conflicting parties will reach a compromise. Azerbaijan and Armenia should show political will, said Zannier.
This article says that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution in which the right to self-determination does not imply an automatic right to secession. Naira Zohrabyan, a member of the Armenian delegation to PACE, said the Resolution contains conflicting provisions. “The Armenian delegation certainly expressed its position; what’s even more, we voiced more than 10 proposals that would smooth out those conflicting parts. But only three of our proposals were adopted. That is why the entire Armenian delegation voted against the resolution,” she said.
According to this article, Russian Deputy Prime Minsiter Alexander Khlopnin said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict troubles all the parties. “The conflict troubles everybody, and everybody wants its peaceful and quick settlement,” Khlopnin said in Baku at a meeting with the university students.
According to this article, Russian foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said that no meetings between Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents, mediated by Russia, are planed till the end of this year. Lukashevich also said that the Russian foreign Ministry has not planned any such meetings between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers either.
According to this news article, Ruben Safrastyan, Head of the Institute of Oriental Studies, said that the extension of the current “time-out” in the peace talks over the Nagorno-Karabakh will be accounted for by electoral processes. If so far it was Russia that would enliven the negotiations process, now Russia too is entering into a pre-election period and therefore no changes will take place in the talks till mid 2012. Asked if Azerbaijan could unleash a fresh war before 2012, Safrastyan said it is still probable, pointing to Russian Foreign Minsiter Sergei Lavrov’s recent statement that Russia would not allow use of force in the region.
This news item says that US diplomat Alexander Verbhsow said that the US is sparing no effort to make sure cooperation with Azerbaijan in the sphere of defense contributes to stability in the region and does not run counter to the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. As an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair country, the US government supports the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict that is based on the Helsinki Final Act and takes into account the non-use of force or threat of use of force, territorial integrity and nations’ right to self-determination.
Russian political analyst Alexander Markarov said in an interview with Regnum that the news that France might assume a more active role in Karabakh talks are contextual against the backdrop of political process currently taking place in Russia. According to him, before the end of presidential elections in Russia France may act as the main mediator in negotiations over the Karabakh conflict settlement. Speaking about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to the region, he said that there will be no significant change in the resolution of the conflict, given it is unclear what new proposals Sarkozy may come up with.
According to this news article, Eric Rubin, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, said that the US seeks to achieve the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on the core principles of the Helsinki Final Act. “The United States remains committed to working with the parties, as a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, to achieve a lasting and peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based upon three core principles of the Helsinki Final Act: the non-use or threat of force, territorial integrity of states, and equal rights and self-determination of peoples,” said he.
This article says that the 32 delegates at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe signed under a declaration on Nagorno-Karabakh which said that Karabakh “is consistently following a political path of state-building in conformity with the spirit, the mission and the values of the Council of Europe”. Further, is said that the PACE is highly appreciates the “results and the dynamics of democracy-building adopted as a development model by Artsakh [Karabakh] and realizing the importance of the participation of the official delegates of Artsakh to the negotiations taking place within the context of the OSCE Minsk Group, we congratulate the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh on its 20th anniversary and call for close co-operation with its duly-elected authorities.”
According to this news item, U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said at meeting with secretary of ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party Ali Ahmedov that the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a priority task of U.S. foreign policy in the region. According to him, official Washington takes serious measures to reach progress on the issue.
In his turn Ahmedov highly appreciated U.S. role as OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair, expressing hope that U.S. administration will multiply the efforts in this direction.
According to this article, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in an interview that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh should be decided by the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities. According to him, Azerbaijan, as a country that has lost territories, is very much interested in having the settlement process move forward from its current deadlock point. Further, Mammadyarov said, bearing in mind that the conflict cannot be resolved overnight Azerbaijan has realized that it should be resolved stage by stage.
Former Azerbaijani President Ayaz Mutalibov said that Armenia is taking advantage of the fact that all the three OSCE Minsk Group states are Christians. “Armenia is attempting to present the Karabakh war as a ‘Christian-Muslim war’,” said Mutalibov, adding that therefore Azerbaijan should pursue such a policy so that US, Russia and France will remain satisfied with it. Further, he said that Azerbaijan should be a bridge between the West and the East, keeping a balance between the Christian and the Muslim world for Armenia not to be able to take advantage of it.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to the South Caucasus region will accelerate the Karabakh settlement process, according to Ali Hasanov, the head of the Public-Political Affairs Department at the Azerbaijani presidential administration. “Sarkozy’s visit to the region may increase the activeness of France in the South Caucasus,” said he, adding that “France, as a co-chairing country of the OSCE Minsk Group, has potentials to influence the process”. “In that respect, Sarkozy’s visit may positively affect the settlement of the Karabakh conflict,” said Hasanov.
According to this article, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the only solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is that, within the OSCE Minsk Group. The Armenians and Azerbaijanis enter into a dialogue for the purpose of establishing long-lasting peace, he added. Further, Sarkozy said the sooner Armenia and Azerbaijan succeed in their negotiations the more the region will benefit.
Senior European Union official John Kiaer said that the EU is ready to support with the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as much as possible. “It is the OSCE Minsk Group that is engaged in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. The EU is not involved in the talks’ process. Despite that the EU is ready to support in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict to the best of its capabilities,” said he. Kiaer also said that the EU has enough experience in conflict resolution.
Russian political analyst Alexei Vlasov said that Armenia and Azerbaijan are engaged in information warfare and there is a risk that it may grow into a fresh war over Nagorno-Karabakh. He also said that the impression is that the talks will not continue in the tripartite format in the near future as Yerevan and Baku have accumulated a bunch of accusations for each other. The current inactivity in the talks’ process, according to him, may last till next spring, though Washington and the EU may take some steps in autumn or winter over the issue. Speaking about expected political shifts in Russia, Vlasov said no major changes should be expected over the Karabakh issue.
According to this news article, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said during a joint with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in Baku that there are good opportunities to change the current status quo in the Karabakh settlement process, adding that Azerbaijan is really interested in ending the status quo over Karabakh. “And I think there are good opportunities to change that. Azerbaijan wishes it most of all because those are our lands under the Armenian occupation. Several international organizations, including the UN Security Council, OSCE, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe have already made their decision. That means there is a legal basis for settling the Karabakh conflict,” said Aliyev.
This article says that US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mathew Bryza refused to comment on the fact that the French President Nicolas Sarkozy did not speak about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during his visit to Baku. “I cannot comment on that as I am no longer a Minsk Group co-chair. I believe that the US, Russia and France are trying to normalize the Armenia-Azerbaijani relations,” said he, adding that the Karabakh conflict settlement is a priority for the US policy in this region.
This news item says that the US OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Robert Bradtke said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be based on six elements which are withdrawal of Armenian troops from the territories adjacent Nagorno-Karabakh, giving Nagorno-Karabakh a temporary status, ensuring direct land communication between Armenia and Karabakh, return of refugees and resettled people to their homelands, implementation of peacekeeping mission in the region and international security guarantees. OSCE Minsk Group Russian Co-Chair Igor Popov in turn said that the settlement of the conflict is possible only through diplomacy.
Former president of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Goran Lenmarker said that Armenian president was ready to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2008 as the discussions over the opening of the Armenian-Turkish were underway. He said the opening of the Armenian-Turkish border would have positively affected the Karabakh settlement. Further,
Lenmarker stressed the importance of a negotiated settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, calling for withdrawing the Armenian troops from the territories adjacent to Karabakh and creating a corridor between Karabakh and Armenia.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that the visit of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to the South Caucasus region, planned by late October, aims to develop a compromise between the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “It is necessary to find formula to achieve a mutual compromise. The co-chairs’ upcoming visit will be aimed at finding that formula,” the Azeri FM said, adding that “the important thing now is the return of the occupied territories”. “Nagorno-Karabakh’s status may be determined in the final stage only,” he said, ruling out the possibility of maintaining the current status quo.
This article says that the temporary pause in the talks over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was broken when the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Robert Bradtke reminded the parties about the six elements of the settlement. According to the author of the article, Igor Muradyan, these elements are a national disaster for Armenia. Further he says that the mediators have realized that any pause in the negotiations means chances are high that there is a new life expected in Karabakh and a campaign of Karabakh’s international recognition – something that is currently impermissible for them now.
Former Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Goran Lenmarker said that the Karabakh conflict should be solved in a peaceful way and that Armenia and Azerbaijan should make compromises. “There is no alternative. It is very important that the conflict be solved now. Neighboring countries like Azerbaijan and Armenia should make compromises,” said he.
According to this article Chairperson of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Mevlut Chavushoglu said that Armenia must respect the activities of the Sub-Committee on Nagorno-Karabakh issue. “The Nagorno-Karabakh Sub-Committee was created to preserve the dialogue and ensure PACE human rights. Unfortunately, the Armenian side has not joined the Committee. Armenia must at least respect the PACE decision. But the Armenians are not doing that,” said he.
According to this article, Deputy Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elchin Huseynli accused the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs of creating favorable conditions to artificially delay settlement of the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict. “They are unable to decently accomplish the obligations they assumed and have no contribution in the settlement process. This is unacceptable,” said he. Huseynli also said that Armenia stepped back from the agreements reached over year during the recent the recent Russia-mediated meeting with Azerbaijan.
Russian political analyst Mikhail Alexandrov said that it is ridiculous that Azerbaijan accuses the OSCE Minsk Group of artificially protracting the Karabakh peace process and putting obstacles. “Baku’s pressure imposed on the mediators is aimed at inclining them to the Azerbaijani side. Accusations are ridiculous. Settlement is possible only in case both sides try to reach compromise but Azerbaijan does not want to concede,” he said. According to him, Azerbaijan wants to get everything back just as it was before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
According to this article, Russian political analyst Andrey Areshev commented on a statement by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov about the necessity of deployment of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that the Karabakh conflict is so much complex that the deployment of peacekeepers may prompt the reactions of other regional players and spark more instability. He also said that following the events in Libya, and now also Syria, Iran understands that it is going to be the next country to be rocked by the waves of Arab-style unrest, and therefore would be against the deployment of NATO peacekeepers.
According to this article, Hermine Naghdalyan, an Armenian delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said that the Assembly did not conduct any voting to resume the sub-commission on Karabakh. “The head of the delegation, David Harutyunyan, spoke on behalf of the Armenian delegates at the PACE’s bureau session. He read out the delegation’s letter which was undersigned by all the members,” she told a news conference. Naghdalyan said that text of the letter, which had to be distributed among all the delegates, was missing from their folders. “It particularly said that the delegation was against re-establishment of the sub-commission,” she added.
Armen Mkhitaryan, MP of Armenia’s ruling Republican Party of Armenia, said that “monitoring is a must, since Azerbaijan wastes enormous resources to buy armaments”. “The country spends oil dollars to buy armaments violating the treaty on controversial arms,” said he.
Further, Mkhitaryan noted that “today Azerbaijan is the only country inciting unrest and armament race in the region, and delivering rhetorical statements”. “After the first world war, when Germany was banned to buy new armaments, not a single country kept the rules, which has left as a consequence the World War II. The interested states must pay attention on growing Azerbaijani armaments,” said he.
Head of the analytical bureau Alte Et Certe, Andrei Yepifantsev, said that Nagorno-Karabakh will not face a wide range of military actions, especially involving large forces on both sides. According to him, Azerbaijan has the opportunity in winning the war only in case of blitzkrieg, while currently it is impossible. “In case military actions continue for 5-7 days, oil and gas will make Baku stop the war not to appear in danger. No big war is expected,” the expert said, adding that the status-quo is not something desirable for Armenia either as it will bring prolongation of the blockade, evoking of economic issues, which will lead to widening the economic potential gap.
This article says that Azerbaijan is building a stone defensive wall in the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Karabakhi armed forces. The construction is explained by the fact that “the residents of Azerbaijani villages located near the contact line, suffer from frequent violations of cease-fire.” The three-meter high wall built by the government is “to hedge residents of Azerbaijani villages from the Armenian bullets.” The construction work started seven months ago. The wall will stretch from the village of Karvand through the territory of the villages of Tartar region with a total length of 2,700 meters.
This article says that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer that he informed Fischer about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process during their meeting. Aliyev also said that “Armenia continues to ignore resolutions adopted by the UN and other international bodies”. Fischer, in turn, highlighted the importance of the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
According to this article, Davit Babayan, Spokesperson for the de facto president of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, referring to a statement by Azerbaijani Foreign Minsiter Elmar Mammadyarov about the deployment of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh said that Karabakh is not against peacekeepers, adding, however, that Mammadyarov’s statement comes a ahead of time. According to him, the deployment of peacekeepers is a complex issue and requires several conditions. “First of all, the conflict should be resolved comprehensively; the parties should sit around a negotiations’ table; recognize each others and clarify the borders eventually,” said Babayan.
David Babayan, Spokesperson for the de facto president of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, said that the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is based on two main components – the status of Nagorno-Karabakh and its borders. “If there is not agreement over these two questions which must be based on consensus, then there can be no agreement over other issues either,” said he. Babayan also said that Azerbaijan should recognize the independence of NKR, while NRK will in turn recognize the independence of Azerbaijan.
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said that when it comes to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the priority for Turkey is its peaceful settlement. He also said that Turkey stands next to Azerbaijan over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. “Turkey continues to demonstrate an active position, makes attempts aimed at the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict and provides Azerbaijan with diplomatic and political support in international organizations,” said Yilmaz, adding that the Karabakh conflict hinder the establishment of peace, security and stability in the region.
According to this news article, Azerbaijani MP Rasim Musabekov said that Washington wants to organize a meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents. “In the near future US officials are expected to pay visits to the region, including Azerbaijan. The American side wants Armenia and Azerbaijan to at least agree to hold a high-level meeting. But it is difficult now to say how the US will succeed to persuade the sides to hold such a meeting,” he added.
According to this article, Russian online daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta published an article in which it said that French President Nicolas Sarkozy may broker the next round of talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders. Citing Azerbaijani sources, the paper said such proposal was made in the course of Sarkozy’s visit to the South Caucasus region and later received the Russian and US presidents’ approval. Speaking to the Russian publication, an official representative of the Armenian Foreign Ministry denied the report.
According to this news item, Arthur Tovmasyan, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly of the de fact Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said that the “military budget of Azerbaijan doesn’t interest the civilians in Karabakh. In the beginning of 90th Azerbaijan had advantage of military equipments, but we’ve seen what happened to them.” Further he said that “violating the international norms Azerbaijan purchases armaments, and increases its military budget”. “Isn’t it noticeable? Why doesn’t the international community react on it? We’re mainly alarmed by the indifference of the international community,” said Tovmasyan.
This article says that Ali Hasanov, Head of the Department of Public-Political Affairs at the Azerbaijani presidential administration, said that the preservation of the status quo may become the cause of a fresh war in the region. He also said that the Azerbaijani society spares no effort to prevent the country from resorting to force for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. “However, Azerbaijan’s president has for several times said that Azerbaijan’s patient also has limits. Azerbaijan cannot wait for the current status quo to last for eternity,” said Hasanov.
This article says that Deputy Azerbaijani Defense Minsiter Araz Azimov said in an interview with the Ukrainian daily Den (Day) that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved based on the principles of the international law. According to him, that means recognition of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and return of territories around Nagorno-Karabakh. He also said that the “Armenian side is gradually becoming more aggressive.” “I think Armenia is intentionally attempting to incite crisis, relying on the rapid response of the Russian peacekeepers,” said he, adding that the 2008 Russo-Georgian short war had a similar scenario.
According to this article, Russian political analyst Oleg Smirnov said in an interview with the Ukrainian publication Analitika.at.ua that to get the Karabakh conflict settlement process move from the current stalemate, especially after the unsuccessful efforts by Russia, Europe will try to take up the driver’s seat. He also said that interestingly French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his recent visit to the South Caucasus region refused the proposed scheme of exchanging Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijan oil and gas.
Russian political expert Andrey Epifantsev said that France may become more active in the mediation efforts over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. He also considered the resumption of large-scale and long-lasting war in Karabakh as less probable. Epifantsev further said that neither Armenia not Azerbaijan is ready for any compromise and therefore talks over the Karabakh conflict is doomed to failure.
According to this article, violations of the ceasefire accord on the Contact of Line between Karabakh and Azerbaijan claimed two dozen soldiers’ lives in 2011, according to the personal representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office Andrzej Kasprzyk. At the same time, he said that a total of 36 were injured in the ceasefire violations on the border.
This article says that an Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE/PA) proposed holding a meeting between the Armenian and Azeri communities of Nagorno-Karabakh, said Bahar Muradova, Vice-Speaker of the Azeri delegation and Head of the Azeri delegation to the OSCE PA. According to her, such a meeting is necessary to build up mutual confidence. The OSCE PA leadership and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are supportive of the proposal, Muradova added.
According to this news item, Elnur Aslanov, a high-ranking official at the Azerbaijani presidential office, said that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should make more efforts for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. He also said that together with US, Russia and France, the international community should also play an active role in the settlement of this conflict. So far the four UN resolutions over the Karabakh war have not been implemented which demonstrates the use of double standards in international politics, he added.
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