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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for August 1-14



Bayram Safarov: U.S knows funds earlier allocated to Nagorno-Karabakh spent on strengthening separatism [RUS]

The article says that the non-allocation of money by the Subcommittee on Appropriations of the U.S. House of Representatives to the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh for 2012 is a positive sign. The U.S. already knows that the earlier allocated funds were spent to strengthen separatism and hostility, rather than in the interests of civilians, Bayram Safarov, chairman of the Public Association “Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Azerbaijan Republic” said in an interview with the official website of the ruling party New Azerbaijan.”The international community understands the real essence of Armenian policy,” he said. It sees that it does not serve to peace establishment”, Safarov reiterated.



Armenians continue arsons in occupied Azerbaijani lands  [ENG]

The article states that Armenian servicemen have set large-scale fires to Azerbaijan’s occupied territories. The fires that have continued for already three days are spreading towards the frontline villages.



Russia ‘not coping’ with Karabakh mediation  [ENG]

News.Az interviewed Vasiliy Koltashov, head of the Economic Studies Centre at Russia’s Institute for Globalization and Social Movements. Calling the Armenian elites interested in hostile relations between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, Koltashov states that Armenian elites do not want to make the conflict and its resolution a matter for state institutions alone.

Approaching the conflict and its settlement from different aspects, Koltashov says that Russia is obviously not coping with the mediatory role. It has no proposals to settle the conflict, which can be overcome only through broad economic cooperation, the analyst reiterates.



Political analyst: EU may be actively involved in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict  [ENG]

The European Union may increase its involvement in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the near future, Mubariz Ahmedoglu, Director of the Center for Political Innovation and Technology said at a press conference, as the articles states. He said Armenia maneuvers in the negotiation process of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, blackmailing Russia with possible reconciliation with Turkey.”Serzh Sargsyan threatens Russia with Armenia’s integration with Turkey. And Russia is really afraid of this. With preventing Armenia’s integration with Turkey, Azerbaijan helps Russia, which Russia does not understand,” Ahmedoglu said.



Bayram Safarov: If Armenians continue emigrating, Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia will be empty  [RUS]

The article talks about Bayram Safarov’s view about the decrease of population in Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. “The Armenian population is rapidly declining. Armenians themselves are already worried that 18,800 people have left Armenia since early 2011” Bayram Safarov, Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh Chairman, said in an interview with the ruling Party New Azerbaijan. Calling it a huge emigration index, Safarov says that if things continue this way, then there will be no one left in Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. He underlines that in case of a certain status be assigned to Nagorno-Karabakh, the condition for the internally displaced people, including Azerbaijanis living in Nagorno-Karabakh to return home needs to be taken into consideration.



MP: Armenia has territorial claims to all his neighbors   [RUS]

MP Asim Mollazade comments that the Moscow-based organization Armenians of Javakheti has explicitly separatist aims and threatens the state of Georgia. Their statement was in response to the Georgian president who said that the enemies of Azerbaijan are at the same time the enemies of Georgia. MP went on commenting that Armenia has territorial claims to all its neighbors.



Rasim Musabayov predicted a quick shift of power in Armenia  [RUS]

High probability of regime change in Armenia is in near future, MP Rasim Musabayev said speaking to Trend. According to him, the change of power in Armenia will be no revolutionary, as has happened in the Arab world, and by appointment. He thinks that the head of the Armenian opposition Levon Ter-Petrossian is going to come with Serzh Sargsyan to a specific agreement. Rather, the formation of a coalition government or parliamentary elections will be possible under this agreement. If you hold a parliamentary election, Dashnaks and “Heritage” are excluded, and the supporters of Levon Ter-Petrosyan can be represented with rather large fraction in the parliament. This is the most likely option”, Musabayov said. According to him, due to pressure of people left behind Sargsyan will receive some room for maneuver in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict.



Indonesian parliament to set up special group on Karabakh conflict  [ENG]

The article writes about the establishment of a special group on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by the Indonesian parliament. The information was provided by Azerbaijani charge d’affaires in Indonesia Farid Talibov. Talibov said Azerbaijani embassy held a series of meetings at the Indonesian parliament and universities to give true information about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the Indonesian society. Indonesian parliament held a hearing on this issue and is expected to establish a special group on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.



Expert: Europe sees Azerbaijan as right party in Karabakh issue [ENG]

The article says that efforts to raise awareness about Azerbaijan in Europe should be intensified with the Karabakh issue being priority in this regard. The remarks came from Osman Elmaci, political expert, activist of the Christian Democratic Party of Netherlands, former candidate for the European Parliament. Elmaci considers the European attention towards the Karabakh issue has already increased while comparing with the previous years, so that the political parties now pay attention to Karabakh issue trying to understand the essence of the conflict. According to Elmaci, members of the European Parliament and politicians accept Azerbaijan as a right side in the Karabakh conflict. This is very crucial issue and it should be promoted, the expert said.



International Crisis Group visits front line [ENG]

The article writes that representatives of the International Crisis Group have visited Agdam District, close to the front line separating Azerbaijani and Armenian troops and visited the family of nine-year-old Fariz Badalov, who was shot down by an Armenian sniper in March of this year, and the spot outside his home where he died.



Swiss journalist writes realities on Karabakh in German magazine [ENG]

The article recites an article by Swiss journalist Andre Vidmerin on realities of Nagorno-Karabakh published in German “Die Welt” and “Frankfurter Rundschau” magazines. According to, the article by Swiss journalist writes about Nagorno-Karabakh as an integral part of Azerbaijan, the expatriated Azerbaijanis, destroyed monuments, occupied territories and mentions that the government of Armenia does not recognize this regime as an independent state.



 Russian president: Armenia, Azerbaijan draw conclusions from Russia and Georgia’s “five-day war” [ENG] [RUS]

Forcing peace on Georgia, which Russia attempted in 2008 in South Ossetia, has become a “serious lesson” for Armenia and Azerbaijan as the countries remain conflicted over Nagorno-Karabakh, the article quotes Russian President Dmitry Medvedev referring to RIA Novosti. “When [the five-day war] took place, the two leaders – President (of Azerbaijan) Ilham Aliyev, and President (of Armenia) Serge Sargsyan – were in Sochi. They said to me: ‘It is bad, of course that all this happened. It is hard for the Caucasus. My response was: Too bad, but you know this is a lesson for us to hold endless negotiations regarding the fate of Nagorno-Karabakh. Whether there will be a referendum some time and how to prepare peace agreements rather than hold a five-day war. This was a very serious lesson for them,” Medvedev said in an interview with a Russian TV channel “Today”, Georgian “First Information Caucasian” TV channel, and “Echo of Moscow” radio station.



Azerbaijan’s ruling party hopes NATO PA will adopt objective document on Nagorno-Karabakh  [ENG]

“We hope that the NATO Parliamentary Assembly will adopt an objective document on Nagorno-Karabakh,” MP Siyavush Novruzov told the official website of the ruling party New Azerbaijan. He said at the next session, the Azerbaijani delegation is going to keep the Nagorno-Karabakh issue in attention. According to Novruzov, as it states in the article, last year NATO PA planned to discuss the draft resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But in 2010, Azerbaijan held parliamentary elections, so that the Azerbaijani delegation asked the discussion of the document to be postponed.



Araz Alizadeh: The Armenian leader is much more dependent on his environment   [RUS]

The article writes that information on the expected wide purge of apparatus and government by the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in the coming months is very doubtful. According to him, that there is very “objective” reasons, given the clan structure of the current authorities in the Armenian state. According to Araz Alizadeh, Serge Sargsyan carries the “status” of a head of the ruling clan “of Karabakh Armenians.”



Azerbaijani, Russian presidents to discuss Karabakh conflict [ENG]

The articles informs about the visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Sochi at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Dmitriy Medvedev to discuss Karabakh settlement and issues of the legal status of the Caspian Sea.



Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh accused international organizations of failure to put pressure on Armenia   [ENG]

“The international community, including the OSCE Minsk Group should put pressure on Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. If the world government they say that it is time to resolve this conflict, there must be concrete steps,” – said in an interview website of the ruling party “Yeni Azerbaijan” a board member of the public association “community of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic of Azerbaijan,” Milli Mejlis (Parliament), Elman Mamedov.



The Presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia meets in Sochi [RUS]

As the article states, on August 9, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev paid a visit to Sochi to meet his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. The article contains the offical speech of both Presidents.



Political analyst about the causes of the capital flow of the Armenian Diaspora from Armenia [RUS]

The article refers to the political analyst Samir Hamidov speaking to Day.Az about the an outflow of capital as the representatives of the rich layer of the Diaspora not seeing any prospects for economic development in Armenia. The analyst cites two main reasons for the causes of capital flight. First one appears to be the adverse relationship between President Serzh Sargsyan and the Armenian Diaspora. Second one is the difficult economic situation in Armenia, which has become even much worse by the advent of Sargsyan.



Azerbaijani and Russian Presidents discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and economic issues [ENG]

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discuss the problems with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, strengthening bilateral relations, as well as international issues, focusing on global economic problems, Trend News Agency says in report with RIA Novosti. Trend writes that citing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement as one of the most important topics Medvedev expressed his willingness to talk on what to do further and how the events will develop in light of the last trilateral Kazan meeting and all the previous meetings. Aliyev paid a visit to Sochi, Russia in an invitation of his Russian counterpart to discuss the current state of bilateral relations, regional agenda and international issues. The Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents regularly meet during the trilateral talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement with the Armenian President.



Military expert: The liberation of Azerbaijani territories will not be difficult [RUS]

A well-organized system of defense along Nagorno-Karabakh will deprive Armenia from any possibility of combat missions in the territory of Azerbaijan. This conclusion was made ​​by an independent Washington-based journalist specializing in security issues in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East, as well as being editor of the blog The Bug Pit on the website EurasiaNet Joshua Kucera. He came to this end based on the material resources of IMINT & Analysis. This resource has held an open military analysis in Azerbaijan, Armenia and the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as the article writes.



Armenia insists on peaceful Karabakh settlement [ENG]

The article writes that Armenian Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan has visited a military unit near the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops. Inspecting conditions in the unit of the 2nd Army,  Ohanyan spoke of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and said that the “Armenian authorities’ policy of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh problem by means of peace talks requires an efficient army capable of effectively defending our homeland”.



Russian expert: Mediators manage to keep old format in Nagorno-Karabakh talks [RUS]

It is too early to make conclusions on the talks between the Azerbaijani and Russian presidents, as the tone of the statements issued in Moscow and Baku is rather restrained, Alexei Vlasov, Vestnik Kavkaza Editor, said in an interview with Trend News Agency. “We have to wait until Aug. 12 for the meeting between Russian and Armenian presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan at the CSTO summit,” he states, as this will make the state much clearer. Calling the course of the Armenian-Azerbaijani talks as the unstable and unpredictable state of the international markets, Vlasov is positive about the mediators  to keep the old format of the negotiation process, although he stepped back to forecast the specific results of the meeting.



Karabakh talks have to continue, says Baku   [ENG]

The article states, negotiations must be continued on a Karabakh settlement, Novruz Mammadov, head of the foreign relations department at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, has said following a meeting of the Russian and Azerbaijani presidents in Sochi on 9 August.



Fikret Sadikhov: Trilateral talks are important to express Baku’s position [ENG]

In any case, the negotiations are better than nothing, since this is dynamics, process, where the sides sound their positions, Fikret Sadikhov , member of Trend Expert Council, the Azerbaijani political scientist, said commenting on the Sochi meeting between the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia.  According to Sadikhov, the Azerbaijani side was able to reasonably and objectively explain to the negotiating parties that in spite of the tolerance and patience, Baku is principle in the matters of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and will never make it negotiable. This is the main result of the negotiations, he said.



Rasim Musabayov: France has opportunity to influence processes as Minsk Group co-chair  [ENG]

In an interview with, Rasim Musabayov, Azerbaijani MP and political expert, states France has rather economic interests related to Azerbaijan and cultural interests related to Armenia, saying that France is one of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group with an opportunity to influence processes.



Armenia bears burden of the so-called victory paid by trophies [RUS]

At present the only option for settlement of the Karabakh conflict may be a 180 degree turn in policy approaches of the parties, and in particular this applies to the revision of the position of Armenia in the conflict. This was stated in an interview with “Georgia Online” by Georgy Vanyan, Armenian public figure, the chairman of the NGO “Centre for Peace Initiatives Caucasian”, the article says. According to him, “the starting signal and radical steps should be taken by the Armenian side, which is responsible for starting the war dictated by Moscow, which carries the burden of so-called victory in this war, paid by marauding trophies.”



Mubariz Gurbanli: It makes no sense to use the Karabakh conflict as a means of exerting pressure on Azerbaijan  [RUS]

This was said in the interview to the official website of the ruling party New Azerbaijan deputy executive secretary, deputy of Milli Mejlis (Parliament) Mubariz Gurbanli, as the referred article states. “Azerbaijan has passed a difficult, compelling way, but well-balanced politics and economic development  prevent that pressure. The policy of our country is very strong that yielded its results. That’s why it became apparent futility of attempts to use the Karabakh conflict as a means of exerting pressure on Azerbaijan. It is impossible to make the country move away from its ongoing policy manipulating the conflict. Despite the fact that under the occupation of the 20 percent of our lands, we have not changed and did not deviate from its policy and extend it, “- he added.



The administration of Azerbaijani President responded to a letter from a 13-year Armenian girl, sent to President Ilham Aliyev  [RUS]

The article says that in report with ИА REGNUM, 13 year-old schoolgirl from Khankendi Adeline Avagimyan wrote a letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

The editorial board of the news agency has got a response from the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the appeal of a young resident of the town Khankendi Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. The respond letter has been written by Elnur Aslanov, the Head of the Department of Political Analysis and Information Support of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Republic.



Political expert: In the early fall a lot will change in Armenia [RUS]

In the coming months in Armenia, events may occur that can change the country’s political life, the articles states. In an interview with Day.Az expert Gabil Huseynli, commented on the political situation in Armenia and the likelihood of a split in the ruling “Karabakh” clan. According to him, the last time the Armenian mass media disseminated information that the former Armenian President Robert Kocharian finally withdrew from politics and went into business in Russia. A recent departure from politics significantly reduced the potential electorate of Kocharian, who had previously enjoyed considerable prestige among the Armenians of Karabakh, he says. In this regard, he believes the return of Kocharian in Armenia’s political life is unlikely . In any case, if he decides to return to politics, it could create a split in the ruling clan of Nagorno-Karabakh in Armenia “, the analyst says. He then concludes that there is a real possibility of Sagrsyan and his long-time foe Ter-Petrosyan deciding to create a coalition. In that case, the experts considers it possible that Ter-Petrosyan can pressure Sargsyan to adopt a more cooperative approach to its neighbors, including Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia.



Laurence Broers: Karabakh agreement to mask disagreement on other issues [ENG]

News.Az interviewed the Caucasus Programme Projects Manager of Conciliation Resources, Laurence Broers. He answered the questions how the Russian-Georgian war influence the Karabakh settlement, whether Russia is willing to help the settlement of the conflict, the differences in public and authorities’ attitude to the Karabakh problem, whether the two communities agree to live in peace, the visit of the Azerbaijani spiritual leader to Yerevan and its role in the settlement.



As a result of shooting from the Armenian side of the Azerbaijani soldier was wounded [RUS]

The article writes that the event happened on August 12. As a result of the fire opened by Armenians in the direction of Goygol region of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani soldier Mirzoyev Kamil Elbeyi oglu, born in 1992, was shot wounded.


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