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Digest of Armenian Media for September 15- 30



Azerbaijani UAV was hit by military hardware produced in Armenia [ENG]

According to this article, Nikolai Babayan, Head of Air Defense of Armenia’s Armed Forces said that the Azerbaijani unmanned aerial vehicle shot down in Karabakh was hit by military hardware produced in Armenia. Speaking to reporters in Yerevan, Babayan said that the Azerbaijani UAV was shot down “thanks to the use of special activities prepared in advance”. “Unmanned flying equipments are very difficult not only to hit, but also to discern as they are built of special composition, that is to say they don’t have metal, and the radiolocation systems do not reveal them,” explained Babayan.



Davit Babayan: “Aggressor will feel more restraint” [ARM]

According to this article, Davit Babayan, Spokesperson for Karabakh’s de facto president, said that the shooting down of the unmanned aerial vehicle, believed to be sent by Azerbaijani forces, is a “very important event” as it proves that “Azerbaijan is violating the ceasefire”. “Because the remnants of that plane are located in the territory of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh which does prove that Azerbaijan uses those planes and regularly breaks into the air space of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh,” said he. Further he said that this incident will make Azerbaijan be more restraint as it demonstrated that Armenia’s army has sophisticated military hardware to shoot down such planes.


Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denies reports on UAV shooting [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijani news agency reported that Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry denied reports by Armenian media that the unmanned aerial vehicle shot down by Karabakhi forces on September 12 belongs to Azerbaijan. The ministry said that they have nothing to do with that UAV that fell down in Karabakh


Karabakhi people are masters of their fate [ENG]

This news item says that an Armenian youth initiative called “The No Silence” shot a film in which people in Nagorno-Karabakh express their attitude to Madrid principles. The video, which was made all the regions of Nagorno-Karabakh, sent out to the ambassadors of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries – the United States, Russia and France – to Armenia. The initiative also issued a statement in which it said the people of Nagorno-Karabakh that should decide its fate. “..It is only the people that have the right to decide the fate of their motherland and freedom,” reads the statement.

Minsk Group to be instrumental for Karabakh peace talks [ENG]

According to this article, Justin Friedman, Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts at the US Department of State the US will continue working through the Minsk Group to achieve an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh. He also said that that the US will also continue supporting the reconciliation process between Armenia and Turkey, and Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity through the Geneva Talks on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “The best way forward for the South Caucasus may be to continue supporting Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in their efforts toward Western economic and political systems, but this will be a long process with some hurdles to overcome,” Friedman was quoted as saying.

ICRC visit Armenian POWs in Azerbaijan [ENG]

This article says that representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited three Armenian prisoners of war (POW) and a 5-member Armenian family in Azerbaijan.

Referring to the ICRC office in Azerbaijan, the Trend News Agency reported that the ICRC representatives handed four letters and pictures to the Armenians and took six letters to send them to Armenia.



Oxford Analytica. “Low quality of Azerbaijan’s army may lead to war” [ARM]

This article says that Oxford Analytica think tank issued a report in which it referred to the probabilities of a fresh war in Nagorno-Karabakh. The report considered the Karabakh conflict as a direct threat to security and stability in South Caucasus. The conflict, if erupted, will be far more dangerous and bloody than the 2008 Russo-Georgian war, should neighboring Russia, Turkey and Iran intervene in the war, it added. Further, the report said that despite the funds Azerbaijan allocates to the army, the low-quality of Azerbaijani troops dislodged along the Line of Contact with Karabakh itself is a dangerous factor as non-professional soldiers and wrongly-calculated actions may lead to a fresh war in Karabakh.


No one will allow any decision to be forcefully thrust upon Karabakhi people – Howard Berman [ARM]

According to this article, Howard Berman, former Head of Committee of Foreign Affairs of the US Congress, at a meeting with the de facto Chairman of Karabakh’s National Assembly Ashot Ghoulyan, expressed concerns over the absence of progress in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Berman ruled out the military solution of the conflict, adding that no one will ever allow any decision against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh be thrust upon them with the use of force. The Karabakhi delegation also met with Frank Pallone, a Co-Chair of the Armenian Caucus, who expressed “concerns over the violations of ceasefire by Azerbaijan”.

No serious changes expected in the NK issue settlement process [ARM]

According to this article, Arman Melikyan, former Foreign Minsiter of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, said that no serious changes are expected in the settlement process of the Karabakh conflict in the near future, unless the co-chair states decide to introduce changes into the agenda and come up with new proposals. However, Melikyan said that now it is not the right time to do so, as the co-chairs states are busy with pre-election processes. “But of course, nothing concrete is possible to forecast in this issue,” said he, adding that the co-chairing states will in all probability continue communication with each other.


Azerbaijan not ready for war, says veteran hero [ENG]

According to this news article, a veteran of the Nagorno Karabakh war, Major-General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (aka Komandos) said he is skeptical about Azerbaijan’s belligerence to resume the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to him, Azerbaijan is not ready for a new war.  “As a serviceman who often visits Karabakh and knows the potentials of our army, I can say that Azerbaijan is not ready for a war. All that is bluff,” he said, adding that neither the country’s leadership nor society is prepared for an armed conflict. Further, he said that the Armenian army is also a serious obstacle to Azerbaijan’s warlike ambitions. “Our army has a triumphant spirit; it may sink or rise, but it has the spirit of a conqueror,” he added.

Armenia’s presidents would be together, if not Karabakh – war veteran [ENG]

All the three presidents of Armenia emerged from the same camp; they all were members of the Armenian pan-National Movement and wouldn’t be split apart now if not the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Major-General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (aka Komandos) said. “If [first President] Levon Ter-Petrosyan had not agreed to see Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan there would have been no split. Just one sentence saying that Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence would be enforced in future could have prevented the split, and the guys would be together now,” Ter-Tadevosyan told a news conference.

EU to increase mediation in Karabakh settlement – Stefan Fule [ENG]

Stefan Fule, EU commissioner for enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, said that the EU is planning to increase its mediation in the settlement of regional conflicts. Addressing an annual meeting in Yalta, Ukraine, the EU official said the Union is going to assume an increased role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and the Transnistrian deal. Fule also told the forum that the EU always played a moderate role in conflict settlement processes, but it is now going to change the frameworks of previous decisions.


Uruguay Foreign Minister’s statement was clear-cut [ARM]

Armenian TV Channel Yerkir Media interviewed member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Mario Nalbandian, who dismissed Azerbaijani claims that the words of Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Almagro over Nagorno-Karabakh were misinterpreted. “Uruguay Foreign Minsiter Louise Almagro’s words clearly say that Nagorno-Karabakh has close ties with Armenia with its population and that Nagorno Karabakh’s independence or joining to Armenia is the best way of its future,” said he. Nalbandian also said he is content with Karabakh’s foreign policy, adding that it will one day be recognized.


US will continue supporting NK conflict settlement and Armenia-Turkey reconciliation – State Dep. [ARM]

This article says that Justine Friedman, Head of the Department of Regional and Caucasus Affairs at the US Department of State, said at a forum that the US will support the peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict with the help of the OSCE Minsk Group. “The US will continue also to support the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey …,” said he. Friedman also said that in this region the US pursues a policy that promotes sovereignty of the states so that will be able to live in peace, develop their potential and build a democratic system.

It’s a fact we heat an Azerbaijani UAV – Senor Hasratyan [ARM]

According to this news item, press officer of Karabakh’s Defense Army, Senor Hasratyan, said it is a fact that the Karabakh forces shot down an Azerbaijani unmanned aerial vehicle in Karabakh. “…And it is not important what they say. The Azerbaijani side has always been denying, but we do not need to persuade them,” said he. Hasratyan also said that the relevant bodies are conducting an examination of the remnant of that UAV to find out what equipment it is and where it was made in. “We will definitely publicize the details,” added he.

Rapid settlement of the NK conflict should be at the interests of all – Ilham Aliyev [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a press conference that Azerbaijan hopes that the Karabakh conflict would be resolved in the near future and that Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity recognized by the international community will be restored soon. He also said that the Karabakh issue is posing threat not only to Azerbaijan, but the entire region and the world and therefore the rapid settlement of the issue should at the interests of all countries.


Azerbaijani authorities declare Russian politician persona non grata [ENG]

This article says that Azerbaijani authorities lashed out at Aleksey Mitrofanov, a member of the Fair Russia party, for attending the opening of the Moscow celebration house in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani news website SalamNews quoted Elman Abdullayev, a spokesperson of the country’s Foreign Ministry, as saying that Mitrofanov was declared persona non grata in Azerbaijan.  “Baku continues taking steps towards preventing such unlawful visits. Coordinated work is being carried out with other diplomatic missions,” the Azeri official said.

Karabakh is our main achievement – ex commander [ARM]

According to this article, Sasun Mikaelyan, an activist and a former detachment commander in Karabakh, said that Karabakh is Armenia’s most important achievement of the post-independence period. “Karabakh is the main achievement of our independence. Over the past years, we managed to make our grandfathers’ age-long dream come true – we liberated Karabakh, as well as Armenia from Turk Askeris,” he told a news conference on Monday. Speaking of a possible resumption of war, the activist did not rule out such likelihood, considering it inevitable at any moment. “There is a great likelihood of war though I don’t think it is possible now, given the current realignment of foreign powers,” he said.

Azerbaijani leaders read ‘favorite lines’, Armenian FM says [ENG]

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said that Baku is “deceiving the international community by claiming that the Helsinki final act indicates the need for settling conflicts following the territorial integrity principle”. According to him, the Helsinki final act does not contain such a point. Further, he said that Azerbaijan is trying to consign to oblivion or push into the background the Nagorno-Karabakh people’s right to determine their final status by a legally binding expression of will. “Azerbaijani leaders like interpreting the Madrid principles in their own way, cherishing the hope they will easily be approved. But no one needs these comments,” Minister Nalbandian said.

Nagorno-Karabakh people must determine their final status – Armenian FM [ENG]

In case Azerbaijan resorts to a new military gamble, Armenia will force it into peace again, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said, expressing confidence that the international community’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh is in line with the Armenian side’s position. He also said that “unable to translate their illusions into reality during the negotiations over the past years and turn the petrodollars into its favor in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, official Baku reached the point when its positions are in overt conflict with that of the international community”. Nalbandian also recalled the three principles that serve as a basis for the Karabakh peace process: non-use of force or threat of force, peoples’ right to self-determination and territorial integrity.


Naira Zohrabyan says recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh is a matter of time [ENG]

Armenian MP Naira Zohrabyan said that the issue of NKR is a vital challenge for Armenia and obviously some advancement is felt here, with the international community stressing the people’s right of self-determination now unlike previously as it used to signify the territorial integrity. According to her, the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh is a matter of time. “We should keep the negotiations in the format of Minsk Group,” said the MP.


Recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh not essential issue – German ambassador to Armenia [ENG]

According to this article, German Ambassador to Armenia Hans-Jochen Schmidt said that the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh is not an essential issue now. In his words, Germany has not changed its position on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and supports the efforts toward peaceful settlement of the conflict made by the OSCE Minsk Group and co-chairing countries. He also said that the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as re-opening of the Armenian-Turkish border, will facilitate economic development.


Who will reach Karabakh first? [ARM]

According to this news article, Diego Pinto, Head of the European Movement, said at a meeting in Yerevan that the European Union does not deal with the Karabakh conflict within the Eastern Partnership Programme, adding that though it does not necessarily mean that the representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh are banned from participating in the forums of the European Movements. In turn, Stefan Fule, the EU Commissioner on Enlargement Issue, said that the EU will gradually increase its role in the settlement of regional conflicts such as the Karabakh and the Transnistrian conflicts. “We are starting the process of restoring trust in this region and will assume a more important role to solving those issues,” said he.


Turkish and French FMs discuss Karabakh settlement [ARM]

This article says that the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and France, Ahmet Davutoglu and Alen Jupen, discussed the settlement of the Karabakh conflict in the sidelines of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly. They also discussed other regional issues, including the Armenia-Turkey reconciliation, as well as the situation in the South Caucasus.


Liberation of Karabakh is greatest achievement of Armenian independence – ARF Dashnaktsutyun [ENG]

According to this article, Aghvan Vardanyan, former Armenian Minister of Social Security and member of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun bureau said that the “greatest achievement for 20 years of independence is the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh”. “The greatest achievement for 20 years of independence is the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and hope that it will eventually be strengthened legally,” Vardanyan stated.


Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan to face more serious problems, Russian expert warns [ARM]

According to this news item, Russian political expert Grigory Trofimchuk said that The South Caucasus in face of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan is facing a political and military split in the near future. Georgia will “go to the West,” while Armenia and Azerbaijan, even forgetting the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, will have to keep track of the political processes expected to develop “along the perimeter’ of the South Caucasus. As to whether Turkey’s ally, Azerbaijan, may take advantage of Turkey’s stronger positions in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, the expert said: “Turkey is enhancing its reputation, in a short historical period though. I do not think that the western alliance needs a strong factor like Turkey in the South Caucasus.

Azerbaijani FM discusses Karabakh settlement with Uruguay counterpart [ENG]

This article says that Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met his Uruguayan counterpart Louis Almagro on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s session and discussed the Karabakh conflict. The Uruguay’s top diplomat reiterated his country’s respect for the norms and principles of international law and said they would serve as a basis for settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Russia against end to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – expert [ENG]

According to this news article, Stepan Grigoryan, Board Chairman, Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, said that Russia is not interested in settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because it can thus retain its influence on both Armenia and Azerbaijan. Asked about possible developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, with Azerbaijan and Armenia entering the election stage, the expert said, “No serious changes can be expected in the near future. Yes, we are entering the election stage.”

Election in Karabakh cannot affect peace talks – Russian Foreign Ministry [ARM]

This article says that Alexander Lukashevich, a representative of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, said that the recent electoral processes in the de facto Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) cannot affect the current peace talks. “Russia, in collaboration with the other co-chairing countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, is making active mediation efforts towards the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict,” said he.  Lukashevich also said that Russia re-affirms its support to the principles of territorial integrity, non-use of force and other basic principles and norms of international law. “Russia does not recognize NKR as an independent country. So we do not think the election there can affect the peace process,” he said.


Russian FM did not mentioned the principle of nations right to self-determination [ARM]

According to this article, Alexander Lukashevich, a Russian Foreign Ministry representative, did not mention the principle of nations’ right to self-determination when he referred to the principles of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Lukashevich according to this article noted that Russia re-affirms its “support to the principles of territorial integrity, non-use of force and other basic principles and norms of international law”. “As it is known, Russia does not recognize NKR as an independent country. So we do not think the election there can affect the peace process,” he said.


Military parade may serve deterrent for Azerbaijan – expert [ENG]

Armenian political analyst Stepan Grigoryan said that the military parade, marking the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, may become deterrent for Azerbaijan. According to him, the parade was also a report about spending budget funds on military equipment demonstrated to the Armenian society. “Why not? Let Azerbaijan see our strength and calculate the losses in case it decides to resume hostilities,” he emphasized. The expert stressed that Armenia must always take into account the geographical location. High level militarization is registered in the entire region, he added.


Turkish, Azerbaijani parliament chairmen discuss Karabakh issue [ARM]

This article says that the chairmen of the Turkish and Azerbaijani parliaments, Cemil Cicek and Oktau Asadov, discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh issue at a meeting in Ankara. Cicek, particularly said that Turkey will always back Azerbaijan over the Karabakh conflict. According to him, the Karabakh conflict is not only the problem of Baku, but also that of Ankara.


Georgia’s ambassador to Armenia summoned to Foreign Ministry [ARM]

This article says that Georgia’s Ambassador to Armenia Tengiz Sharmanashvili was summoned to Armenia’s Foreign Ministry over an earlier statement by Georgian Foreign Ministry over the municipal elections in Karabakh. It also says that earlier Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the country recognized Azerbaijan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, adding that Georgia does not recognize the September 18 elections in Karabakh and considers them as “illegitimate”.

Sarkozy offers new plan for Karabakh settlement? [ENG]

This news article says that in his UN speech on September 21, French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed a conflict resolution ‘method’ that he could be used for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He particularly proposed admitting Palestine to the UN as a non-member state with observer status. He said decades of negotiations had yielded no results and was time to “change the method” to achieve better results, said he. According to source, the French leader may offer a similar proposal to the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan as a method for resolving the Karabakh conflict,

Minsk Group countries impede Karabakh settlement – Azeri official [ENG]

Azerbaijani deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov said that the co-chairing countries of the OSCE Minsk Group impede the Nagorno-Karabakh peace settlement process. According to him, the United States and France should negotiate with Russia to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in a peaceful manner.

Nagorno-Karabakh elections ‘illegal’ – Georgian foreign office [ENG]

This article says that Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it re-affirms its support of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territorial integrity and does not recognize the elections in Nagorno-Karabakh on Sept. 18, 2011. Georgia’s foreign office also welcomed international efforts to ensure a peaceful settlement of the conflict and does not see any alternative to a dialogue.


Azerbaijani FM discusses Karabakh conflict with Turkish PM [ENG]

According to this article, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov held a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and among other issues, discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Talks can progress if Azerbaijan withdraws its 10 proposals – Armenian MFA [ENG]

This article says that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian discussed the Karabakh conflict at a New York with meeting with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov and Robert Bradtke, as well as Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Nalbandian reiterated that the talks can progress if Azerbaijan withdraws those 10 changes it had brought forth in Kazan. They also reflected on implementation of the agreement, reached at Astrakhan Summit in October 27, 2010, on creating a mechanism for investigating incidents at the line of contact.



Erdogan: “It is unacceptable that Karabakh conflict remains unresolved” [ARM]

According to this article, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during his speech at the UN General Assembly that the “unfair occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories must be put an end”. “It is unacceptable that the Karabakh conflict remain unresolved. Our political and moral obligation is to solve inter-nation conflicts before they grow into a malignant tumor,” said Erdogan.


Russia corrects it mistake [ARM]

The article says that Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich corrected his earlier statement in which he had failed to mention the principle of right of nations to self-determination while responding to a question on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Speaking to Interfax, Lukashevich said that the future status of Karabakh should be defined as a result of political talks between the conflicting sides and should be based on the principles of territorial integrity, non-use of force and nations’ right to self-determination.


Successful European models of autonomy could be applied in NK – Ilham Aliyev [ARM]

According to this news item, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said that some models of autonomy that were successfully used in Europe could be applied to Nagorno-Karabakh too. “Let’s think widely! Azerbaijan is a secular country where representatives of various nations and beliefs can leave peaceful and quiet side by side. Successful models of autonomy can be used in Nagorno-Karabakh,” he said.  Aliyev also said that the Karabakh issue is the biggest problem facing Azerbaijan.


Russia seeks to destroy NKR [ARM]

This article says that Russia made a statement in which it said the municipal elections in de facto Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh are of no significance which is not anything new in Russia’s policy. But this time, the article stresses, it is obvious that something has become the motive for such an unprecedented statement by Russia. Further, it says that currently there are serious discussions worldwide over the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh and this could not but bother Russia which demonstrated by the recent statement its intention to keep the conflict unresolved.


Serzh Sargsyan: Our mission has been and is international recognition of Karabakh [ENG]

According to this article Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said in his address at the 66th General Assembly of the UN that the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict is the priority for all Armenians. Further, Sargsyan said that it’s almost 20 years “Artsakh is enjoying its independence and doesn’t deserve a lower status than it has today”. Sargsyan also ensured the “independence of Karabakh, the right of its people’s self-determination cannot be put under question”. “Our mission is and has been the international recognition of Karabakh, including the recognition by Azerbaijan,” said Sargsyan.


Armenia highly evaluates US role in Karabakh peace process – Armenian FM [ENG]

This news article says that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and discussed a wide range of issues. Among other things they discussed also that the problems in the South Caucasus region, and reflected on the settlement process of the Karabakh conflict. In this context, Nalbandian highly evaluated US’s positive involvement and activities as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair.


Nalbandian and Mammadyarov present their versions of NK settlement to OSCE MG [ARM]

This article says that Armenia’s Foreign Minsiter Edward Nalbandian and his Azerbaijan counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov held separate meetings with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov and Robert Bradtke and Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and presented their versions of the settlement of the Karabakh conflict to the OSCE Minsk Group. Nalbandian said that progress in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict will be possible if Azerbaijan withdraws the ten amendments to the Basic Principles which Baku brought forth in Kazan.

Foreign powers agree on one issue only in Karabakh conflict – Markarov [ARM]

According to this article, Russian political analyst Alexander Markarov said that regardless how perfect the document on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is, it will be signed not by the OSCE Mink Group co-chairs, rather than by the conflicting parties. “In this sense, the problem is the willingness and decisiveness by both sides to reach a solution,” said he. Speaking about the influence of foreign power on the Karabakh issue, Markarov said that those powers involved in mediations, generally agree on one thing – to keep the South Caucasus in peace. “… Foreign powers want to see this region stable and without any conflict, and in this sense there is agreement among them,” said Markarov.

“Armenia does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh as it seeks to resolve the issue peacefully” – BBC [ARM]

This article makes a reference to another one published by the BBC, according to which, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said in his speech at the UN General Assembly that Armenia does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh as it seeks a peaceful resolution to it. Sargsyan also said that Azerbaijan is on a way which he termed as “either everything or a war”. Sargsyan further said that any “provocation by Azerbaijan” will increase the chances that Armenia will recognize Karabakh’s independence.


Armenia and Azerbaijan are independent over NK issue – Stepan Grigoryan [ARM]

According to this news item, Armenian political analyst Stepan Grigoryan said that the Karabakh conflict is being delayed for several reasons. The first reason, according to him, is that Armenia and Azerbaijan do not trust each other. The second reason deals with various interests of global

powers present in the region. Unlike Russia, Grigoryan continued, the US would like this issue to be settled the soonest possible given economic reasons. Further, he said that Armenia and Azerbaijan demonstrate a pretty high level of independence against foreign intervention when it comes to the Karabakh conflict.


US Senator hopes to see Karabakh resolution in near future [ENG]

This article says that US Senator Joseph Simitian said he hopes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved soon within with international norms. “We hope the Karabakh conflict will in the nearest future see its just and peaceful settlement within international norms,” said he.



“Message is being sent to Azerbaijan that it isn’t the only one to speak from positions of power” [ARM]

This article says that Director of Human Development Center Tevan Poghosyan said that Armenian president did not make his accentuation stricter when he said at a meeting in US that “any adventures by Azerbaijan beyond the boundaries of the OSCE will accelerate Armenia’s recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh”. Speaking about statements made by various Armenian officials on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, Poghosyan also said that all those statements are message which is being sent to Azerbaijan to make it clear that Azerbaijan is not the only side that can speak from the position of power.



Russia does not recognize Karabakh, but takes Armenia’s complaints into account [ARM]

This article says that when Armenia’s Foreign Ministry summoned Georgian Ambassador to for explanations over his statement about the municipal elections in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Alexander Lukashevich had to reiterate his statement on the same issue as it sounded similar to the one made by Azerbaijan and therefore not welcomed by Armenia.  Lukashevich said that Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement was based on the assumption that the municipal elections are aimed at ensuring normal living conditions for the people. He also said that the Karabakh conflict should be resolved through political talks based on the principles of non-use of force, territorial integrity and nations’ right to self-determination.


Resolution of Karabakh conflict most beneficial for region – German Ambassador [ENG]

According to this article German Ambassador to Armenia Hans-Jochen Schmidt said at a discussion that though Germany has launched a South Caucasus strategy, and the European Union is exerting serious efforts to strengthen cooperation with the region, they have not yet achieved positive results in economic cooperation. Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be most beneficial in this context, Ambassador Schmidt added. It is most difficult to persuade the negotiators into mutual concessions, he explained.

Slain Armenian captive’s parents to sue Azerbaijan at European Court [ENG]

This article says that the parents of Manvel Saribekyan, an Armenian citizen who died during his captivity in Azerbaijan in September 2010, have decided to file a lawsuit against Azerbaijan at the European Court of Human Rights. Saribekyan’s parents find Azerbaijan in violation of several rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights (including his right to life). “The [General] Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia, as well as the inquest body should do everything possible to protect and reinstate Saribekyan’s rights and interests as a citizen of Armenia,” Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan said referring to the topic during a program.


A. Iskandaryan: President’s speech stresses Armenia won’t leave Azerbaijan’s rhetoric without response [ENG]

According to this article, political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said that Armenia isn’t intended to leave Azerbaijan’s armed rhetoric without response. Referring to the military parade on occasion of the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence A. Iskandaryan stressed the involvement of Russian armed forces, saying Armenia demonstrated a political format. “But the involvement of foreign forces in national parades isn’t strange. For example Tajikistan has recently hosted a military parade and some foreign forces were involved in it, in France also foreign forces take part in national military parade,” said the expert.



Azerbaijan has no more prisoners of war in Armenia [ARM]

The article says that the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees and representatives of International Organization for Migration in Armenia organized the transfer of the Azerbaijani prisoner of war Roman Huseynov Novruzoghlu to a third country. It also says that Novruzoghlu was the last Azerbaijani POW to be handed over. The article, however, mentions that Baku does not seem to return the eight Armenian citizens held in captivity in Azerbaijan.


Armenia, Azerbaijan should make decisions on Karabakh on their own – former US envoy [ENG]

According to this news article, former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans said that there is an impression that the three South Caucasian states are looking for forces from abroad to solve their problems and are not even trying to find their own solutions. Such behavior, he said, is typical for all the post-Soviet states as Moscow used to find solutions for them. Further, he said that the South Caucasus states should learn to tackle their problems on their own, as the OSCE Minsk Group will not impose on Armenia and Azerbaijan the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. They want the sides to solve it by themselves, he explained.


Today 30,000 Armenians live in Baku, therefore coexistence is possible – Polad Bulbuloghlu [ARM]

This article says that Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloghlu said at a press conference that currently there are 30,000 Armenian living in Baku, which is supportive of the fact that Armenians and Azerbaijanis can live together. “Armenia is Azerbaijan’s neighbour …  Naturally, one day the Karabakh conflict will end, and we will again live together,” said he. Bulbuloghlu also said that the Azerbaijani side is sparing no effort for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, adding that the same should be explained to the other side.


Turkey, Russia, Iran can promptly resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – Russian journalist [ENG]

The Karabakh conflict can be promptly resolved if Turkey, Russia and Iran open a clear dialogue, Russian journalist Maxim Shevchenko said. As regards the main mediators’ role in the Karabakh peace process, Shevchenko said: “If your home is on fire, you will hardly go to put out the fire in another home. If we speak of the European Union, it should be noted that Europe is, figuratively, on fire now – Greece, Italy, and Spain”. He also said that “Russia’s policy toward Nagorno-Karabakh is known and has nothing to do with anything else”. “Moscow is concerned with peace. We are concerned with a dialogue between the two states,” he explained.

No military solution to Nagorno-Karabakh problem – Matthew Bryza [ENG]

US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said that there is no military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. Bryza noted that Azerbaijan wants a peaceful settlement of the problem. Further, he said that Azerbaijan’s recent statements demonstrate that greater efforts are being made to resolve the problem is a peaceful way.

Armenian president, French speaker discuss Karabakh settlement in Paris [ENG]

This article says that during his visit to France, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan met with the speaker of the French National Assembly, Bernard Accoyer in Paris and discussed the Karabakh settlement process. Sargsyan hailed French parliamentarians visit to Nagorno-Karabakh. He noted that the country, as a mediator in the Karabakh peace deal, always guides itself by the impressions gained on site. He further said the visits inspire confidence in the local population.

Armenia, Azerbaijan may face new war – expert [ARM]

Svante Cornell, Research Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, predicted a fresh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. “What we need to do at present is to prevent a heated conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, we hear the US administration telling Baku that the conflict is not in the world community’s interests,” he noted.

Cornell said that a growing number of people in Baku believe in the likelihood of a victory in a possible war. “Some time in future, the national leader may decide that launching a war – be it fraught with defeat – is better than not doing anything at all,” he noted.

Fresh war in Karabakh is quite possible, says deputy defense minister [ENG]

According to this news article, Armenia’s Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan said that hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh are quite possible to resume any moment. “The resumption of military action in Nagorno-Karabakh is quite possible,” said Tonoyan. “In this situation – for the sake of our security – we think it is right to consider that the military operations can resume any moment and so that to be ready for them rather than to assume whether or not will there be a new war in Karabakh,” explained he. Tonoyan also said that currently Armenia’s and Karabakh’s armies enjoy the highest level of cooperation ever.



Azerbaijani FM considers Armenian president’s speech ‘too aggressive’ [ARM]

According to this article, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that it is a worrisome reality that Armenia’s leadership, instead of preparing their own people for peace and friendship with neighbors, continues to prepare young generations for a new war, seeding hatred and enmity against their neighbors. Mammadyarov also criticized Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s address at the 66th UN General Assembly. “Earlier, we witnessed the non-constructive and too aggressive address by Armenia’s president. He openly confirmed that Armenia is pursuing a non-constructive policy,” said he.


Karabakh conflict remains high on EU agenda – Catherine Ashton [ENG]

According to this article, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said that the Karabakh conflict remains high on the agenda of the EU. “In support of the Minsk Group, we are in dialogue with all the parties, to help them find a shared solution,” she said, adding that conflicts in the region – in Nagorno-Karabakh, in Transnistria, in Abkhazia and South Ossetia – are perhaps the most concerning obstacles to progress. “We expect our Eastern partners in the region to do their utmost to make progress towards peaceful settlement, a strategic priority for the EU … ,” she said.


Russia won’t allow war in Karabakh – Sergei Lavrov [ARM]

This article says that Russian Foreign Minsiter Sergei Lavrov said in his address at the UN General Assembly that Russia continues assisting Armenia and Azerbaijan to achieve a negotiated settlement to the Karabakh conflict. “In case of illegal use of force by any of the parties Russia is ready to take all the measures to establish peace in the region,” said Lavrov. He also said that Moscow will continue to come up with some additional possibilities for the settlement that have emerged during Russian mediation efforts.

Mammadyarov and Davutoglu discuss NK conflict settlement [ARM]

This article says that Azerbaijani and Turkish foreign ministers Elmar Mammadyarov and Ahmet Davutoglu met in the sidelines of the UN 66thGeneral Assembly and discussed the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.


Russia may use Karabakh trump card against BP – Azeri expert [ENG]

According to this article, Azerbaijani expert Zardush Alizade said that Moscow is quite likely to use the Karabakh trump card against British Petroleum to frustrate the Azerbaijan-Turkey natural gas pipeline deal. He also said that political analyst said Moscow has no real lever to hamper the company’s project. “But they have such a serious lever as Karabakh. They may push the button at any moment to create instability, suspending the project,” he said.

Armenia’s president meets OSCE MG co-chairs in Poland [ENG]

This article says that Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan met the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Robert Bradtke of US, Igor Popov of Russia and Bernard Fassier of France in Warsaw in the sidelines of his visit to Poland. At the meeting Sargsyan discussed with them issues related to the current stage of negotiations over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They also referred to the details of the co-chairs’ forthcoming visit to the region.



Once Uruguay FM declares its official position on Karabakh recognition our FM will express its view – Karmirshalyan [ENG]

According to this article, Armenia’s Ambassador to Uruguay Vladimir Karmirshalyan said that they are following track of all the statements related to Karabakh and are welcoming the statement by Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Louise Almagro about recognition of Karabakh. “But it is one thing when it is a personal statement made by no matter how respected political figure, it is another thing when it is the state’s official position,” said Karmirshalyan. Further, he said that once Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry makes an official statement about recognizing Karabakh, then Armenia’s Foreign Ministry too will express its position.


Azerbaijan continues distorting essence and causes of Karabakh conflict – Armenian MFA [ENG]

This news item says that Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said that “Azerbaijan continues distorting the essence and causes of the Karabakh conflict”. Kocharyan said this as comment on a statement by Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mammadyarov about necessity of withdrawal of Armenian forces from “Azerbaijan’s occupied territories”. “If Azerbaijan goes for Non Permanent Seat in UN Security Council, let it first withdraw its army from occupied regions of Nagorno-Karabakh,’’ said Kocharyan.

Progress in talks on Karabakh possible once Azerbaijan stops distorting UN Charter – Armenian MFA [ENG]

Deputy Armenian Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said that Azerbaijan’s position is aimed at “torpedoing the Karabakh peace process”. He also said that progress in talks will be possible only after Azerbaijan stops distorting the UN Charter. “According to Chapter 1 of the Charter, equality and the right of peoples to self-determination is one of the goals of the organization, while territorial integrity, in accordance with Chapter 2, is a principle aimed to fulfill the UN’s objectives,” said he, adding that it is “clear that under the UN Charter, the territorial integrity cannot be opposed to peoples’ right to self-determination, which was confirmed by international court’s decision on Kosovo”.


EU can have its own contribution in Karabakh conflict settlement – Polish MF [ARM]

According to this article, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorky said that the European Union is interested in the peaceful settlement of all protracted conflicts, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “Though the OSCE Minsk Group continues to remain the main format of negotiations in the international mediation process, the EU can also have its own contribution in the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict, giving a new impetus to negotiations” said he.

There is no struggle between Russia and US over NK settlement – John Evans [ARM]

According to this article, former US Ambassador to Armenia Johan Marshal Evans said at a discussion in Yerevan that there is no competition between the US and Russia over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “No. I don’t agree. There is no such thing,” said he. Evans further said that the US and Russia are in cooperation over the Karabakh issue. “There is cooperation here between the US and Russian,” he added.

Negotiations process to become active till the end of the year – analyst [ARM]

According to this news item, Russian political analyst Vyacheslav Smirnov said that talks over Nagorno-Karabakh will become more active by the end of the year. “I think the talks process cannot stop, as no one can step aside. Yes, currently we are seeing some kind of pause which is conditioned by the fact that both the Americans and the Europeans are having rather tough times,” said he, adding that Russia is also in a difficult situation. “But I think that a new phase of negotiations will start very soon, and the mediators will not be lost anywhere. They will have an active participation in it” said he.


OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs issue joint statement [ENG]

This article says that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs issued a statement after their meeting in Poland in which they said that they met on September 29 in Warsaw with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and then with Armenian President Serge Sargsyan and discussed the next steps aimed at reaching a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Co-Chairs reaffirmed the commitment made by Presidents Medvedev, Obama, and Sarkozy in their May 26 Deauville statement to assist the sides to achieve such a settlement, adding that they will continue to work with the sides to delineate their current differences on the Basic Principles as a framework for a comprehensive peace settlement.

London wants to help Yerevan and Baku over NK settlement [ARM]

According to this news item, Deputy UK Prime Minister Nick Clegg said at the Eastern partnership summit in Poland that London wants to help Yerevan and Baku over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. “We want to help Armenia and Azerbaijan over the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. We are not indifferent towards that conflict and are ready to help in that issue,” said Clegg.

France may replace Russia in Karabakh settlement process [ARM]

According to this article political analyst Karen Bekaryan said that Russia’s role in the resolution of the Karabakh conflict will see some changes, adding that France may take the leading role in mediations. Speaking about the 66th UN General Assembly and the Karabakh conflict, Bekaryan said that the General Assembly made it clear for all that a nation cannot be forced a condition which it does not want. In this sense, he highlighted the importance of the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who said that Russia will not allow any use of force in the region.

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