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Digest of Armenian Media for September 1- 14



Armenian President: Everything will be done for Karabakh’s socio-economic development [ARM]

According to this article, Armenian President said that Armenia, Karabakh and the Armenian Diaspora are one entity which will do everything to ensure Karabakh’s security and economic prosperity. Serzh Sargsyan said that there are special projects to make this possible.
“We will do our best to ensure not only for the strengthening of peace, security in Artsakh, but also for socio-economic development. There are projects that are being brought to life today, and many others that are currently being developed. We are moving towards the implementation of our goals step by step,” said Sargsyan.

Armenia cannot force Nagorno-Karabakh, expert says [ENG]

Armenian political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh have common monetary and banking systems, political culture and economic ties, adding that it does not, however, mean Armenia can dictate its will to Karabakh. “All this being so, we cannot say Armenia is able to impose anything on Nagorno-Karabakh. Evidence thereof is the 1988 events, when Nagorno-Karabakh freely announced its intention to declare independence,” he said. According to Iskandaryan, the Madrid Principles are not principles at all, but rather proposals meant to approximate the parties’ position – though to no avail yet.

Karabakh peace process should continue – Azeri FM [ENG]

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said Baku wants the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks to continue. “We think the negotiations should continue. A great deal of work has been carried out, and several agreements have been reached,” he was quoted as saying. Reiterating his country’s firm stance on the withdrawal of Armenians troops from “occupied territories”, the Azerbaijani top diplomat said his country would achieve that sooner or later. Mammadyarov further addressed media reports on a new OSCE mediated meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders, saying that he did not have any information on that score.

Stepanakert ready to negotiate with Baku – Bako Sahakyan [ARM]

According to this article, Bako Sahakyan, the de facto President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, said in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta, that Nagorno-Karabakh is ready to enter in talks with Azerbaijani over the settlement of the conflict. Sahakyan also said that Karabakh’s international recognition is one of their priorities. “In fact, there are no legal grounds for not recognizing our independence. In this aspect, our arguments are unassailable,” said he, adding that another matter is geopolitical reasons, conflicting interests and so on, which are, to an extent, deterrents to Nagorno-Karabakh’s recognition.

Armenian FM said basic principles could serve as ground for reconciliation [ENG]

According to this news item, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said that Armenia has reached a point when the mediators, the international community and Armenia, having common disposition with them, were thinking that by the mediation and initiative of Russian President the basic principles submitted by the three co-chairs would launch the start of NK conflict reconciliation. Nalbandian also pointed at “Azerbaijan’s destructive position” as reason for failure to achieve an agreement. “The same happened in 2011 in Sochi, in 2010 in Astrakhan and Saint Petersburg, where Azerbaijan failed the agreement,” Nalbandian said.

A. Iskandaryan: NK President’s statement to express Karabakh’s position [ENG]

Armenian political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that the statement by the de facto President of Nagorno-Karabakh was meant to express Karabakh’s position in the peace talks. “I don’t think president’s statement means any changes. President Sahakyan has just meant that Karabakh doesn’t want any other side to solve his fate,” he said. In his words, Sahakyan’s statement just underlines Karabakh’s position: “Azerbaijan isn’t ready to resolve the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh, hence they are not committed to hold negotiations with Karabakh,” Iskandaryan said.


Neither Armenia and Karabakh, nor Azerbaijan will gain from frozen conflict – expert [ENG]

Director of Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan said at a press conference neither Armenia, nor for Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan will gain from the frozen conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh, whereas current status quo is pretty much advantageous for OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. Iskandaryan did not rule out the possibility of increase of Russia’s influence in Minsk Group but mentioned that Russia is the best choice for South Caucasus. According to him, it is not it advantageous for Karabakh to get involved in negotiation process in any format. “In this respect, I would not say they have done a splendid work,” he said.


Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry now responds to Edward Nalbandian [ARM]

This article says that Elman Abdullayev, a spokesperson at Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry responded to Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian who said in an earlier statement that because of the “destructive position of Azerbaijan” it was impossible to reach any agreement over the Karabakh conflict. “We question the frankness of Armenia’s diplomacy that must stop its activities of disillusioning the international community,” said Abdullayev. Further, he said that Armenia must first of all “withdraw its troops from Azerbaijan’s occupied territories and our citizens should return to their native homes”.

Sooner or later we will have Armenian troops withdrawn from Azerbaijan’s occupied territories [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said after a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremich in Baku that “sooner or later Azerbaijan will have Armenian troops withdrawn from Azerbaijan’s occupied territories”. “It would be better for that to happen sooner. It would contribute to the development of the entire region and ensure peace and stability there,” said Mammadyarov. He also said that the settlement of the Karabakh conflict will enable Armenia and Azerbaijan to implement joint projects together.


‘Karabakh’s self-determination’ is a wrong way to put it, says MP [ENG]

According to this news item, Armenian MP Larisa Alaverdyan said that it is not correct to say that Nagorno-Karabakh self-determined. “That means that Artsakh [Karabakh] has self-determined within Azerbaijan’s territory, which is in fact absurd,” Alaverdyan told a press conference. She also said that Armenia’s leadership very often makes decisions and adopts political packages that run counter the legal aspect of the NK conflict. According to her, Azerbaijan should not have taken part in Karabakh talks as a demanding side, but rather a side “that responds for the crimes it committed”.

Karabakh independence will be recognized, says Kocharyan [ENG]

Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence will eventually be recognized by the international community, according to former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan said. In an interview with the Karabakh state television Kocharyan said that time favors the Armenians in the unresolved conflict with Azerbaijan. “One thing is clear. In modern history, these kinds of problems have been solved in favor of self-determined peoples. All of them,” said he. “We don’t need anybody’s seal of approval for the recognition of our independence. It’s an accomplished fact. We should live and work in full confidence and reinforce the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The rest will come in due course,” added Kocharyan.

Minsk Group proposals advantageous to conflicting parties – Lenmarker [ARM]

The OSCE Minsk Group’s proposals for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are advantageous to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to Goran Lenmarker, the former chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. “The societies in both countries have to realize that a peaceful settlement should be based on concessions. None of the parties will meet its demands. But the peaceful settlement proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group is advantageous to both of them,” said he. Speaking of the outcomes of peaceful settlement, he particularly noted that it would enable hundreds and thousands of refugees to return to their homelands and even their former dwellings.

No specific plan on Karabakh settlement, says Armenian MP [ARM]

The Armenian authorities do not actually have a specific plan on Karabakh settlement, MP of the opposition party Heritage Larisa Alaverdyan said, and adding that party’s faction in parliament expressed concerns that Armenia’s Foreign Ministry does not have comprehensive document on the Karabakh conflict. “When I asked [the Foreign Ministry] whether there is a comprehensive concept, they told me it is being elaborated. No such document has been actually proposed to the diplomatic school representatives,” she noted.

Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting not to be considered last chance – Azeri expert [ARM]

A new meeting between the Armenian and Azeri Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev cannot be deemed as the last chance in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani lawmaker and political analyst Sahib Aliyev said. “Neither the Armenian nor the Azerbaijani top circles have confirmed the reports on a new meeting. It would not be right to consider it a last chance,” he said.


Serzh Sargsyan: military-political situation is under control though complicated [ENG]

According to this news item, Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, said that thought the military political situation is complicated, it is under control.  “The military political situation is complicated but under control. I’ve been repeatedly saying that an Armenian soldier must be ready for war,” Sargsyan said in an interview with “Azat Artsakh” (Free Artsakh) paper.

“It’s so easy to put the blame on rival. It’s an attempt to exercise psychological pressure on us. But they underestimate our persistence,” said Sargsyan.


Karabakh is occupied. Madrid Principles should be called ‘unprincipled Yerevan,’ says Armenian MP [ENG]

MP Larisa Alaverdyan said that were not the “proclamation of the liberation of Artsakh and no victory in the 90s of the national liberation struggle,” people would ask why the people from Karabakh don’t go back to Karabakh. Alaverdyan considered unacceptable Armenia’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh in the international arena, saying that Armenia presents the conflict as being distorted. She also criticized the Madrid Principles, which have become the basis of negotiations between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and she asked journalists to call them “unprincipled Yerevan” on her behalf.


Moscow decides on resolution of Karabakh conflict – Armenian Communist Party [ENG]

Resolution of the Karabakh conflict depends primarily on Moscow, the chairman of the Communist Party of Armenia Ruben Tovmasyan told a briefing. “I do not call on Armenia to become someone else’s province. We simply must keep in mind how many times Russian people helped Armenia and treasure up our friendship with Russia,” said Tovmasyan. Speaking about independence anniversary of Nagorno-Karabakh, he noted that Karabakh is now a self-contained entity. “The Republic has a sufficient volume of production and marks increase in foreign investments. Karabakh is on its way to sustainable development,” said Tovmasyan.

People of Karabakh have moral right for world’s solidarity – PM of Slovakia [ENG]

According to this article, Prime Minister of Slovakia Yan Charnogurski and the Chairman of Slovakian Parliament Frantisek Miklosko congratulated the de facto President of Nagorno-Karabakh Bako Sahakyan on the occasion of Karabakh’s Independence Day. They also said that the Karabakhi people do realize that “it is early to put down weapons” and that “they carry out their patriotic duty alongside building their country, their cities and agriculture”. “The people of Nagorno-Karabakh have the moral right for solidarity of the world,” said they in a statement.

None of Karabakh conflict sides will get all demands satisfied – European expert [ENG]

According to this news item, former head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on the South Caucasus Goran Lennmarker said he does not believe that a new war will break out in South Caucasus. “War is easy to begin and difficult to end,” said he. Lenmarker also said that the outbreak of a fresh war would also lead to the deaths of most young men and civilians, many people will get injured and gravely mutilated. According to him, public opinion in both countries must understand that peaceful solution implies a compromise. “None of the parties will satisfy all their demands. However, the peaceful solution that offers OSCE Minsk Group is beneficial for both parties,” explained he.


Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijan’s prime minister have argument in Dushanbe [ARM]

According to this article, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijani Prime Minsiter Arthur Rasizade had an argument at an unofficial CIS summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, after Sargsyan made a reference to the Independence Day of Nagorno-Karabakh. Rasizade, in response to Sargsyan’s speech, said: “I suppose that most of those present here are to some extent aware of the NK conflict and I do hope that this speech was meant for them or at least for domestic consumption.” He also said that one more time Armenia showed its “destructive stance towards this most complicated and protracted conflict.”


Karabakh is established state, Azerbaijan’s claims are absurd – Armenian expert [ENG]

This news item says that Armenian military expert David Jamalyan told a briefing that Karabakh is an established state and Azerbaijan’s claims in this regard get more and more absurd. He also argued that sooner or later the former mother country, in this case Azerbaijan, will recognize the independence of its enclave. “There are no other patterns for settlement of such conflicts. However, this also implies substantial changes in ethno-political standings of Azerbaijani society,” said he.


Azerbaijan’s MFA investigates congratulatory letter by Slovakian political figures to Bako Sahakyan [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry is investigation a news report by the Armenian media that the Slovakian first Prime Minister and the First Chairman of the National Assembly sent a letter to Bako Sahakyan, the de facto president of Nagorno-Karabakh, congratulating him on the 20th anniversary of Karabakh’s independence. Elman Abdullayev, the MFA spokesperson, said that it is “the annexation and the beginning of the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories,” rather than “the 20th anniversary of the formation of the NKR”.


Serzh Sargsyan: “Karabakh earned it right to independence at the expense of blood” [ARM]

According to this article, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said at a CIS summit in Dushanbe that Nagorno-Karabakh earned its right to independence at the expense of blood. “The people of Nagorno-Karabakh having all the grounds used its right to self-determination and survival at the expense of blood,” said he. The article also says that Sargsyan’s speech sparked discontent with the Azerbaijani Prime Minister Arthur Rasizade who in turn delievered a counter speech, saying Armenian president’s words question the credibility of the OSCE Minsk Group.


NKR delegation’s visit to Abkhazia does not reflect Armenia’s stance – Georgian official [ENG]

Georgia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said that Nagorno-Karabakh delegation’s recent visit to Abkhazia does not reflect Armenia’s official stance on the breakaway republic. “The Georgian side believes that the Nagorno-Karabakh delegation’s visit to Abkhazia to monitor the August 26 election in the country does not reflect Yerevan’s official position,” the Georgian news website quoted Nino Kalandadze as saying.  She also said Georgia is aware of Armenia’s official stance. “Armenia protects Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and does not recognize the election in Abkhazia. So there are no grounds to question the issue,” she said.


Aliyev discusses NK issue with EU’s South Caucasus rep [ARM]

This article says that Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation headed by the newly appointed EU representative to South Caucasus, Philip Lefort, and discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Aliyev congratulated Lefort for his new position, adding that the EU’s relations with the region have entered a new stage, expressing confidence that the cooperation with Azerbaijan and the EU will enlarge further.

The Minsk Group will make another attempt in autumn to activate negotiations process [ARM]

According to this article, Karabakhi political analyst Masis Mailyan said in an interview that the OSCE Minsk Group will make another attempt to make the peace talks over the Karabakh conflict more active in autumn. After that Karabakh will step into a pre-election period when the Karabakh conflict will somehow lose its significance against the backdrop of elections. Mailyan further said that the citizens of the Nagorno-Karabakh are also interested in the settlement of the conflict. “It’s obvious that it is impossible to reach a peaceful settlement based on the Madrid document,” said he.


Azerbaijan may resume war without great powers’ consent – Armenian ex-president’s advisor [ENG]

Azerbaijan may resume hostilities without the great powers’ consent, said Zhirayr Liparityan, the chief advisor to Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan. “For superpowers to exist, other states must exist. On the other hand, some states consider not only great states, but also small ones and are dependent on them. Very many historical events happened due to such small states,” Liparityan said. Azerbaijan, which is not a superpower, may be negotiating with the US and Russia to resume hostilities against Armenia, said he, adding that “given the stalemate, Azerbaijan may decide that war has no alternative”.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be settled, Giedrius Cekuolis says [ENG]

According to this article, OSCE Chairman-in-Office’s Special Representative Giedrius Cekuolis said that OSCE “stressing the need for political will for a negotiated settlement of the conflict, strengthening the cease-fire regime, investigating skirmishes on the Line of Contact”. “Political will and then a few confidence-building measures… We are living in the 21st century and so only a negotiated solution of the conflict is possible. I’m not an expert on military things, but it is clear that war will not resolve this conflict…,” said he.


Newly-appointed EU official to bring activeness to Karabakh talks – Polish Ambassador [ENG]

Polish Ambassador to Armenia Zdzislaw Raczynsky said that as a result of Phillip Lefort’s appointment as European Union’s new special representative for South Caucasus, the NK peace talks can be expected to become active. “France cannot represent EU’s position in the OSCE Minsk Group, yet it is clear that by representing its own position, France also represents EU’s viewpoint to some extent,” said he. Further Raczynsky said that the resolution of conflicts is also included in the mandate of EU’s special representative for South Caucasus. “I do not wish to call the conflict frozen when people are dying there. I do not see that the format of the talks will change in a foreseeable future, but I am confident that they will become active,” the Ambassador noted.


UN SC’s prestige will suffer, if Azerbaijan is elected as non-permanent member of the SC – E. Nalbandian [ARM]

According to this article, Armenia’s Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandian said at a meeting with EU special envoy for South Caucasus Phillip Lefort that the prestige of the UN Security Council will suffer, if Azerbaijani is elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Nalbandian also said that the main goal of the US Security Council is to establish and preserve peace, while Azerbaijan, according to him, is threatening to that peace. Further, he said that the issue raises question with many states given the fact that Azerbaijan continues its war rhetoric and has during six years increased it military budget for 20 times.


No alternative to peace talks on Karabakh – Armenian FM [ENG]

There is no alternative to peaceful talks in order to reach efficient resolution of the Karabakh conflict, said Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian at a meeting with EU Special Representative for South Caucasus Philippe Lefort. “We also discussed the regional problems, in particular recent developments in the Karabakh peace process. I welcome EU’s aspiration to intensify its role in talks and assist mediatory efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group,” said he. Further, Nalbandian said that the EU has repeatedly voiced statements on the issue and “we are confident there is no alternative to peaceful talks”. “Any attempts to use force or threat of force will be condemned by the international community,” said Nalbandian.


EU aims to help establish peace in the region –Phillip Lefort [ARM]

This news article says, that Phillip Lefort, the EU special envoy for the South Caucasus region, said at a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandian that the EU attaches great importance to the South Caucasus region, considering it quite interesting region. He also said that the OSCE Minsk Group is an important body in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, adding that the EU wants to have a more active role in the settlement of the Karabakh issue and help both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Settlement of the Karabakh conflict is being protracted because of Armenia’s destructive approach – Hasanov [ARM]

This article says that Ali Hasanov, head of the department of political-social issues of Azerbaijan’s presidential administration, said “the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is being protracted because of Armenia’s destructive position”. He also said that Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity should be restored, as well as the civil rights of all the citizens of Karabakh. Hasanov also said that Azerbaijan is still capable of holding talks over the Karabakh issue. “Sooner or later this issue will be resolved,” said he.

WikiLeaks: S. Sargsyan would agree to return five regions to Baku, were not the Protocols [ARM]

This article says that in one of the US diplomatic cables sent to the US Department of State by the then US Ambassador to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch and leaked by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Yovanovitch said that Oskanian told her at a meeting that Armenia should have started the rapprochement with Turkey once the Karabakh conflict was resolved. Oskanian also said that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan would agree to return five out of the seven regions adjacent Karabakh to Azerbaijan, preserving the remaining two regions for further discussions. He also said that Armenia’s authorities are facing a far tougher issue than the Turkey-Armenia reconciliation itself. It is the initiation of a dialogue between the Armenian society and the Armenian Diaspora over the resolution of the Karabakh conflict.


Baku blacklists Russian journalists for visiting Nagorno-Karabakh [ENG]

This article says that Azerbaijan’s foreign office blacklisted a journalist of the Russia-based Nezavisimaya Gazeta for visiting Nagorno-Karabakh without Baku’s permission. In its Sept 7 issue the daily published an article entitled “Peaceful Karabakh” by Yuri Roks. The article was

written on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence.

Gul says his country is ready to assist in Karabakh settlement [ENG]

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said in an interview during his visit to Moscow, that Ankara is ready to assist in the Karabakh settlement process. “We are ready to provide a comprehensive assistance in finding ways towards the resolution of a problem in which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has a personal involvement,” said he. Further, Gul said that “progress on this path will certainly have a positive impact on Armenia-Turkey rapprochement”. He also ruled out any possibility separating Karabakh settlement from Armenia-Turkey normalization process. “The normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani, and Armenian-Turkish ties should not be considered separately in the context of strengthening peace and promoting cooperation and welfare in the region and beyond,” the Turkish leader added.

No political solution to Nagorno-Karabakh problem [ENG]

Armenian political scientist Igor Muradyan said that the superpowers do not want the Nagorno-Karabakh problem to be resolved. According to him, the states involved in the peace process have arrived at the conclusion that maintaining status quo is the best option, which is “good” for the international community as well. “All of them have come to realize that the problem has no political solution. Unleashing a war is a real way of settling the problem, but no one wants it,” Muradyan said. The superpowers will not allow the conflicting parties to resume hostilities – they have invested billions of U.S. dollars in oil extraction in the region, he added.


New approaches to the NKR conflict [ARM]

This article says that Yerevan State University hosted a forum titled “New Approaches to the NKR Conflict” and dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Karabakh’s independence. Suren Zolyan, the Rector of Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov said such forums contribute to forming more correct perceptions about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Further, he said that Karabakh is facing two problems – internal and external. In terms of the internal problem, every day Karabakh is implementing functions typical of a state and every day it is becoming that clear that Karabakh is developing. In terms of the external problems, Zolyan singled out Karabakh’s international recognition as the most important one.


Former parliamentary chair suggests refraining from ‘Paradigm of Haggling’ on Karabakh [ENG]

Former National Assembly Chairperson and current independent MP Tigran Torosyan said at a press briefing in Yerevan that a so-called paradigm of haggling is applied to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process, which assumes that all issues must be resolved through agreement. According to him, it’s clear that an irresolvable discrepancy in Nagorno-Karabakh’s status exists among the viewpoints of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh itself. “This problem has its solution, which is the following: when a situation is unsolvable through this paradigm, you have to try those paradigms which allow the problem to be solved,” he said.


Karabakh conflict must be solved only peacefully-EU special envoy [ENG]

The only acceptable way to resolve the Karabakh conflict is through peaceful talks and any military intervention is unacceptable, EU newly appointed special representative for Southern Caucasus Philip Lefort said at the meeting with the secretary of Armenian National Security Council Arthur Baghdasaryan. The latter stated that Armenia has reiterated its position in various international arenas that the Karabakh conflict solution is possible only through peaceful negotiations and mutual compromises. However, Azerbaijan shows non-constructive approach on the issue and even makes warlike statements, which are already usual for the international community, he added.

International mediators continue efforts to strengthen the ceasefire and reach endorsement of Basic Principles on Karabakh [ENG]

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Karabakh conflict resolution, released a statement which said that “the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk (Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office) met on September 7 in Vienna to discuss and coordinate their program of activities, leading up to the Vilnius Ministerial Council of the OSCE in December”. The Co-Chairs also briefed the OSCE Minsk Group on the continued high-level engagement with the sides by all three Co-Chair governments, as well as on concrete efforts to strengthen the ceasefire and to reach endorsement of the Basic Principles as a framework for a comprehensive peace agreement.


There are signs of NKR independence – A. Melikyan [ARM]

According to this article, former Foreign Minsiter of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arman Melikyan, said that now when Russia failed to bring Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s positions closer to a negotiated peace agreement over Karabakh, there may be another mediator who might come up with new approaches. Asked whether it is the EU that seeks to assume that role, he said that it is quite possible given the need of such changes. He also said that there are signs that NKR’s recognition will not be ruled out in some circumstance. And that, according to him, will be dependent on a significant improvement of state governance in Karabakh.

EU activeness is related to failure of Russia’s diplomacy [ARM]

Russian political analyst Maxim Minaev said that the recent activeness of the European Union in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is related to the failure of Russia’s effort in the issue. “It is natural that in such circumstance the EU may have ambitions to intervene in the settlement process,” said he. Minaev also said that the EU considers the South Caucasus as an important corridor and in that sense the EU attaches much importance to its presence in the region. Speaking about the EU’s involvement in the OSCE Minsk Group’s activities, he said that the EU will at first keep a close eye on what is happening in the region, and then may assume Russian’s role.



Gul continues linking the Armenia-Turkey reconciliation with Karabakh [ARM]

According to this news item, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said in an interview that the achieved progress in the Karabakh conflict, can positively affect the Armenia-Turkey rapprochement. Gul also said that Ankara directly links regional stability and development, as well as the Armenia-Turkey dialogue to the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. “As you know the main impediment to achieve favorable climate in the South Caucasus is the Karabakh issue, and in that sense Turkey and Russia have the same position. The progress we could reach is of decisive significance in this sense,” said Gul.


Karabakh is a historical Armenian land – Uruguay foreign minister [ENG]

Nagorno-Karabakh is a historical Armenian land, Uruguay Foreign Minister Luis Almagro said.

“Today we are exploring this issue to express a state view. But my personal belief is that the Nagorno-Karabakh is a historical part of Armenia and must be independent or for a short time be connected to Armenia,” said he. The article also said that Vahan Hovhannisyan of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation noted that this statement is an unprecedented one. “For the first time, a progressive and democratic country such as Uruguay is officially stating a view which attests to the position of the ruling political forces,” said Hovhannisyan.

Extra-regional forces keep Karabakh settlement under control – politician [ENG]

Arman Melikyan, former foreign minister of the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh said that neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan exercise any control over the Karabakh conflict settlement. According to him, the process is now under the control of extra-regional forces. Melikyan also deemed a fresh war in Karabakh unlikely in the coming year. “Unless we have our own initiative, we’ll keep facing the situation we are in. That may be the safest situation for the regime, but never the most effective for the country,” he added.

Recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh matter of time, Armenian MP says [ENG]

This article says addressing PACE Chairman Mevlut Chavushoglu at the PACE Political Committee’s meeting in Caserta, Italy, Naira Zohrabyan, a member of the Armenian delegation to PACE, said that international recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh is a matter of time. She called on him not to interfere in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. Zohrabyan said that at its sittings the PACE Political Committee spares an hour for free discussions. “And this discussion smoothly passed from Yulia Tymoshenko to Nagorno-Karabakh and the sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh. That was a staged show because several people at a time requested Chavushoglu that the Parliamentary Assembly intensifies its efforts to settle the frozen conflicts, particularly the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict”.


Gul and Medvedev discussed Karabakh issue [ARM]

This article says that the Russian and Turkish Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Abdullah Gul discussed the Karabakh conflict at a meeting in the Russian city of Yaroslavl. “We discussed with Medvedev also the Karabakh issue. It was a short, but a very effective visit,” Gul told journalists at the Istanbul Airport.


US Embassy in Baku refuses to comment about Uruguay’s position on Karabakh [ARM]

The article says that the US Embassy in Azerbaijan refused to comment on the statement by Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Almagro regarding intention to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh.

Such statements refer to bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Uruguay, spokesman for the Embassy Kit Bin said, adding that the US consider that principles of the Helsinki final act ensure the basis for peaceful and fair resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Kit Bin also said that the US, being a co-chairing state of the OSCE Minsk Group, is ready to assist the sides in achieving fair resolution of the conflict based on these principles.

Sarkozy may replace Medvedev in Karabakh peace talks [ENG]

This article says that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group reached a decision to transfer Russia’s obligations in the Nagorno Karabakh peace deal to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
An anonymous diplomatic source has told Regnum news agency that such unique rotation could push forward new international “peace enforcement” mechanisms for implementing the Madrid Principles. A UN Security Council decision to establish a UN trust territory in Karabakh might be one of such measures that would follow the deployment of peacekeepers in the disputed area, the article added.


Armenian delegation received no notification on Karabakh debates at OSCE PA session [ENG]

According to this news article, Armenian delegate to PACE Aram Safaryan said that the Armenian delegation did not receive an official notification that the Karabakh peace process will be discussed at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s October session but is ready to any developments. His remark came after head of Azerbaijani delegation Bakhar Muradov said the issues related to Karabakh peace process are included in the agenda.


Uruguay’s move may make Nagorno-Karabakh recognition process irreversible [ENG]

Uruguay’s move to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh can be welcomed and can have most serious political consequences. If a country makes such a move, it cannot have regrets later, Armenian MP Styopa Safaryan said. “Consequently, this move will ensure the irreversibility of the Nagorno-Karabakh recognition process,” he added. Safaryan also said that now, “if a country should recognize independent Nagorno-Karabakh, it will prove a touchstone for Armenia”. “And if Armenia recognizes independent Nagorno-Karabakh as well, it will enable Armenia to sign numerous legal and contractual agreements with Nagorno-Karabakh,” the MP said.

Uruguay’s recognition of Karabakh will create new world situation [ARM]

According to this article, David Babayan, spokesperson for the de facto NKR president said that, Uruguay’s recognition of the unrecognized Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) will change the situation for the world, creating new opportunities for Armenia. Babayan touched upon the humanistic and legal aspects of the move, emphasizing its importance in any conflict settlement process. He said Uruguay is actively involved in international developments, its army’s presence in world’s different hot spots being an evidence of that. “It’s a very interesting step from the historical point of view because Uruguay shares a lot of similarities with us. It has also struggled for independence and had a population of 750,00 at the time of declaring itself independent,” he said.


NK conflict is a serious alarm for regional and international community – Carl Bildt [ARM]

According to this news item, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told Azerbaijani news agency APA that the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh is a serious alarm not only for Azerbaijan and Armenia, but for the entire region and the international community. “We must encourage Armenia and Azerbaijan to find ways for the resolution of the conflict. In this respect Sweden supports the efforts put forth by the OSCE Minsk Group,” he said, adding that peace can be achieved only through negotiations. Further, he said that both sides must refrain from aggressive actions. “The EU should support this process and demonstrate to the people in the region that far more privileges can be reached through a peaceful way,” said he.


Artsakh and states benevolent and malevolent towards us [ARM]

This article says that a non-governmental organization called Armenian Arian Union issued a statement in which it welcomed the statement by Uruguay’s Foreign Minsiter Luis Almagro who said at a meeting in Yerevan that his country is currently studying the Karabakh conflict to prepare its official position over the issue and may recognize Karabakh’s independence. “We as Armenian Arians are expressing our gratitude to Uruguay’s authorities and people for the fact that their country continues to back historical justice and truth,” read the statement. It also said that the recognition of Karabakh’s independence may pave the way for new developments over the Karabakh conflict.

It is very important to continue exert pressure on NK conflicting sides – Adam Koberatski [ARM]

According to this article, Polish diplomat Adam Koberatski said that it is very important to continue exerting pressure on the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and therefore he welcomes the personal involvement Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev in mediation efforts. “We are seriously concerned over the situation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact. This year alone 20 lethal incidents have been registered,” said he. Koberatski also said that of particular concern are the deaths registered among civilians.

If Yerevan-Stepanakert flight is under threat, the Baku-Nakhichevan flight will be so [ARM]

According to this news item, Former Defense Minister Vahan Shirkhanyan said that the flights to be carried from Yerevan to Stepanakert are quite safe and that no threat can hinder the implementation of those flights from the Stepanakert Airport. “If we talk about threat, then far more endangered will be the Nakhichevan-Ganja, Nakhichevan-Baku flights that pass over Armenia,” said he. Shirkhanyan also said that the Yerevan-Stepanakert flight will be carried out via Armenia’s territories.


Nagorno-Karabakh air forces shoot down Azeri drone [ENG]

This article says that the Air Forces of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army shot down an allegedly Azerbaijani unmanned aircraft. Talking to, Head of the Propaganda and Information Department, NKR Defense Army, Lieutenant-Colonel Senor Hasratyan confirmed the information.


Armenia, Azerbaijan will have to act together: Analyst [ENG]

In the near future, Baku and Yerevan will have to work more closely with Moscow, said Russian analyst Grigori Trofimchuk. “The South Caucasus will soon break up: Georgia will go to the West, while Armenia and Azerbaijan (forgetting about the Karabakh conflict) will be forced to act in the same camp, if they don’t want to disappear from the world map altogether, as is the case after all the world wars,” said he. Trofimchuk also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan should now come together with Russia in a trilateral format — but not to think about Karabakh again.


Russian and EU official discuss Karabakh issue [ENG]

This article says that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met with newly-appointed EU Special Representative for South Caucasus Philippe Lefort. The sides exchanged views on problems in the South Caucasus, including the Karabakh peace process.


US should back Azerbaijan over Karabakh conflict – John Bolton [ARM]

According to this article, former US envoy to UN John Bolton said that the US should back Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, because besides Armenia and Azerbaijan, there is also the third side – Russia – which has a pro-Armenian stance. “The US must not forget about Russia’s war with Georgia. By increasing its influence in the region Russia is attempting to restore the SSSR,” said Bolton, adding that the US must not allow this happen.

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