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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for September 1- 14
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The article says in reference to Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremovic that Belgrade and Baku enjoy mutual understanding in politics and are strategic partners. “We support and will support Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity,” Jeremic told a joint press conference in Baku with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov. He was referring to the conflict with Armenia over the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The article says that a postal stamp commemorating Azerbaijan`s national hero Chingiz Mustafayev, a journalist shot during the Nagorno-Karabakh war has been issued in Germany. The stamp was issued on the initiative of Tengis Sade Baron zu Romkerhall, head of the central council of the Azerbaijani diaspora in Magdeburg. The stamp, with the circulation of 3000, features Azerbaijan`s national flag and Chingiz Mustafayev`s photo.
News.az interviewed F. Stephen Larrabee, distinguished chair in European security at the RAND Corporation’s Washington Office. According to Larrabee, the main threat is that the uneasy truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh may collapse and lead to a new outbreak of violence, which he considers very dangerous. He thinks if the negotiations don’t begin to make some serious progress, Azerbaijan may decide to use force to retake the areas of Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by Armenia.
The article says that Ukraine is holding a clear position on Nagorno-Karabakh, so that Ukraine backs the settlement of the Karabakh conflict within the principles proposed by the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ukraine’s Ambassador to Armenia says.
In reference to the German embassy in Azerbaijan, the articles says that Germany continues non-recognition policy of the so-called “Nagorno Karabakh Republic” and its structures. It reiterates that there is no change in Germany’s position – this country recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and does not recognize Nagorno Karabakh regime or its representative recalling “Days of Armenian Culture. Stuttgart-2011” which is going to be held in Germany on Spet. 19 for the so-called “20th anniversary of independence” in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The article says that Azerbaijan doubts the sincerity of the Armenian diplomacy, and urges the latter to stop misleading the world community and their society. In the article commenting on the statement of Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, in which he accuses Azerbaijan of destructiveness, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Elman Abdullayev calls Armenian side to be certain and constructive in actions towards peace.
According to the article, referring to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamedyarov, Azerbaijan will not abandon the negotiations to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to him, very much have been done in the peace process saying that it needs to continue on the basis of Madrid Principles. The Minister expresses confidence that the time will come when the Armenian troops would withdraw from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Day.az interviewed the political analyst Fikret Sadikhov. Speaking of the immediate prospects of the Karabakh settlement, the political analyst says that in the autumn we can expect new visits to the region of OSCE Minsk Group, but Azerbaijan has virtually no credibility. According to him, usually political developments do not depend on the season, but he hopes that over the summer the OSCE Minsk Group sufficiently rested and ready to come up with new, more realistic proposals to resolve the Karabakh conflict.
The article says that PACE committee chairman Christos Pourgourides said he was pleased with close cooperation between PACE and Azerbaijan. In his remarks at the meeting, he says that Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be solved in a just manner within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
The article says that the letter contains congratulations over the ‘20th anniversary of NKR’, while this date is the start of open occupation of Azerbaijani lands. According to the article, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry investigates information in the letter of the former Slovakian Premier Ján Čarnogurský and former chairman of the National Assembly of Slovakia Frantishek Mikloshko sent to the separatist regime in Nagorno Karabakh.
According to the article, the former head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Goran Lennmarker does not think that the South Caucasus will host a new flash of war.Type text or a website address or translate a document. In his view, a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which offers the OSCE Minsk Group, is advantageous to both parties. According to him, the active mediation of Russia is positive, however the EU, he thinks, behaves too passive. I believe that the EU should provide the strongest support, which implies possibility of membership in the Union of the three South Caucasus countries “, says the former head of the OSCE PA.
Commenting on the statement by the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev states thatDictionary determining the status of Nagorno Karabakh is one of the main basic principles of the Madrid-to-date document. He says that it is time to shift from populism to action and, without delay, to begin work on a peace agreement. Unfortunately, we do not see a constructive approach from the Armenian side, he concludes.
The article says that Russian TV channel “TV Center” prepared an inadequate TV material from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The report prepared by three employees of the Russian TV (Anastasia Martynov, Jaroslav Borisov, Vladimir Chernov), has been extremely one-sided and has represented the people of our country as “occupiers.” About one million refugees and thousands of Azerbaijanis killed during combat operations was not in the context, the article says. Scandalous report, timed to the “anniversary of the independence of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh,” does not go unnoticed by the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan.
The article talks how Azerbaijan highly appreciates the principled stand of many NAM Member States in supporting Azerbaijan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov expressed it at a ministerial of the Non-Aligned Movement on the 50th anniversary of the organization hoping for continued solidarity of the NAM member countries’ just position and efforts aimed at putting an end to the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories.
The article says that the recognition of the independence of South Sudan will not affect the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It says that the most sensational recognition was Kosovo and later Abkhazia, both of which did not impact the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh, then the recognition of Sudan will not affect it.
The article says that Russian and French Foreign and Defense Ministers will consider ways to resolve conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, Kosovo, and Transnistria, and check approaches of establishing a peace process in Afghanistan.
The article says that Embassy of Slovakia to Russia denied information of Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian mass media on congratulation sent by Frantishek Mikloshko and Jan Carnogursky on the 20th anniversary of so called ‘Nagorno Karabakh Republic’ on September 1, 2011. Embassy says the congratulation is own initiative of these persons and doesn’t reflect official position of Slovakia, Slovakian Embassy in Moscow reported.
The article says that correspondent of Russia’s well-known Lenta.ru news website Ilia Azar has visited Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia. This is said in journalist’s article titled “Unrecognized concert.”
The article says that Azerbaijan regrets that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian raised issues unrelated to Azerbaijan’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council. Armenian Minister’s contradictory, illogical and unfounded statements make doubt that he has an idea about the functioning of international organizations, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev comments. Abdullayev says that Armenian minister demonstrates nothing but malice and envy. These statements do not correspond to the level of foreign minister. “We heard nothing constructive from the Armenian side,” he adds.
The Armenian President’s statement shows that this country does not intend to follow international law, the public association “Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh” board member, MP Elman Mammadov states, the article says. Mammadov says that, despite the ongoing peace talks, there is no progress because of Armenia’s destructive position and because the OSCE Minsk Group treat the occupying country very gently.
The article says that co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Bernard Fassier of France, Robert Bradtke of the United States, and Igor Popov of the Russian Federation) 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.
The article says that Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be presented to discussions at the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, if any serious conditions do not prevent it.
According to the article, Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova says that discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the UN General Assembly is important for Azerbaijan, saying that when international instruments do not work, it is natural to express an opinion that the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has exhausted.
The article starts with the importance that Turkish President Abdullah Gul on the eve of his visit to Russia attaches to the South Caucasus as a region, neighboring with Turkey and Russia. Considering Turkish strategy aimed at creating atmosphere of peace, stability and prosperity in the region Gul says the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is currently the main obstacle to achieve a favorable climate in the South Caucasus believing that Turkey’s view on this issue coincides with the Russian Federation’s viewpoint.
Commenting on the fact that the Foreign Minister of Uruguay, reportedly believes Karabakh as the historical part of Armenia, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev considers Armenian media a trying to indulge in wishful thinking, the article says. He says that The Azerbaijani Embassy in Buenos Aires has contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and confirmed that the Uruguay respects the principles of international law supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and supports the mediation efforts of OSCE Minsk Group.
The article says that OSCE is concerned over the situation on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces. Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center Adam Kobieracki said in an interview with the Moskovskie Novosti newspaper that during his visits to Armenia and Azerbaijan that he urged the sides to remove snipers from the contact zone regretting that the parties have not yet fulfilled the agreement achieved in Sochi in 2011 regarding the investigation of incidents along the ceasefire line.
The article says that Azerbaijan will not act as a transit country for the delivery of postal items to Armenia until it withdraws from the occupied territories of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas. Azerbaijan undertakes to deliver mail items to all countries that are members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), while also ensuring the transit through its territory, except for mail addressed to Armenia.
The article says that Azerbaijani army soldier was wounded as a result of ceasefire violation on 13 September by Armenians.
Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center Adam Kobieracki has held meetings with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Secretary of Security Council Artur Baghdasaryan in Yerevan where Edward Nalbandian presented the latest development in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh problem.
According to the article, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry commented on the evening organized by the Armenians in the U.S. Congress regarding the 20th anniversary of “establishment” of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan considers this event biased stating that US position does not reflect this situation so that the country supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
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