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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for December 15- 30



Nagorno-Karabakh’s Azerbaijani community insists on meeting with Armenian side [ENG]

The article says that the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh wants to meet with representatives of the Armenian community. Talking to media, Farhad Badalbeyli, member of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh Region of the Azerbaijani Republic Public Association, said that the meeting place of both communities could be either Moscow or other city. According to him, meeting on the frontline is also possible. Commenting on the denial of the Armenian community from the meeting in Berlin Badalbeyli considers the meeting important.

EU ambassador: EU will have strong engagement in supporting process of peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2012 [ENG]

According to the article, in 2012, EU is expected to have powerful engagement in supporting the process of peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Talking to media, Roland Kobie, the Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, said that EU’s role in the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2011 is real especially with the appointment of EU special representative having specific mandate to disclose support and help to the OSCE Minsk Group process.


Armenians violate ceasefire [ENG]

The article says that Armenian armed forces have again violated ceasefire in Agdam, Terter, Goranboy and Fizuli directions. No casualties are reported.

Analyst calls Karabakh ‘a global problem’ [ENG]

According to the article, the double standards applied by Europe and the United States to this issue promotes the protraction of the confrontation and eruption of new conflicts in the region. International Relations analyst Toghrul Ismayil, professor at the Ankara University of Economy and Technologies, considers Karabakh a problem of Russia, Caucasus, Europe, as well as countries overseas. Unlike Azerbaijan, the expert evaluates Armenia’s stand as non- supportive in the dialogue process.


Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh says mediation needed for dialogue with Armenians [ENG]

According to the article, Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh thinks that the mediation between Armenian and Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh with regard to the realization of the meeting is needed and therefore the community calls upon the international organizations to help. MP Rovshan Rzayev considers that Azerbaijani side used all opportunities, and having realized there is no alternative ways there is need for bigger support. According to MP, the communities should make a contribution to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict using the potential of past relations, the older generation and positive people.


Armenians violate ceasefire [ENG]

Armenian armed forces have again fired from machine and submachine guns at the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces, in Balajafarli village of Gazakh from their posts in Aygovit village of Ijevan. It was silenced by return fire.

West to play ‘no role’ in Karabakh settlement as long as it finances Armenia [ENG]

The article talks about the interview of James J. Coyle, former director of the Middle East studies at the US Army War College, who currently serves as a Director of Global Education at the Chapman University. He says that the Russian and Western approaches to South Caucasus differ, noting in general, the Russians seem more attuned to the geo-political importance of the countries in the Caucasus while the West seems more interested in economics. Moreover, the expert thinks “as long as Armenia is receiving full economic, political and military support from a major power while still occupying Nagorno-Karabakh, there is no role for the West”.


The New York Times publishes Azerbaijani embassy’s letter of protest [ENG]

The article refers to a recently published letter of protest, written by the Azerbaijani Embassy in the US as a sign of protest to a New York Times article about Nagorno Karabakh, titled “The National Womb”. The letter protests the publication saying that Nagorno-Karabakh is neither a “disputed region” nor a “republic,” but rather an integral and internationally recognized part of Azerbaijan currently under illegal occupation by neighboring Armenia. The letter also touches upon other sensitive issues such as the expulsion of 750,000 citizens of Azerbaijan from the occupied territories, recognized and condemned by United Nations Security Council and “birth encouragement program”, applied by the separatist regime in the occupied Azerbaijani territories.


Armenians violate ceasefire [ENG]

According to the news service for the Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan, the enemy fired at positions near Garagashli village of Agdam and from positions near Gorgan and Garakhanberli villages of Fizuli. It was silenced by reprisal fire.

Britain neutral on Karabakh [ENG]

The article says that Great Britain takes a neutral stance on Karabakh conflict.  British Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Armenia Charles Lonsdale says that the main goal is the sustainable, peaceful resolution, which is acceptable to all parties. He says that Great Britain has business interests in Azerbaijan, which means that Great Britain wishes only stability for the region, overall. He said that to achieve this, it is necessary to ensure safety, stability and prosperity of all countries in the region, including Armenia.


Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents may meet in early 2012 [ENG]

According to the article, Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan may meet to negotiate a peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the beginning of 2012. Talking at the conclusion of his work as a co-chair, the French co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group Bernard Fassier urged the parties to continue negotiations in order to achieve results.

Fassier: Hard to obtain consent of Nagorno-Karabakh conflicting parties on any proposal [ENG]

The article says that negotiating process over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is complex, since it’s hard to obtain the consent of the conflicting parties to any proposal prepared by the mediators. At his final press-conference French co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Bernar Fassier said the positive side of the peace process is that an updated version of Madrid principles exists and the mediators are able to visit the occupied territories. He is also sorry that high hopes for the Kazan meeting bringing together Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia in June remained lingering with no conclusive statements or results. However, Fassier is optimistic, hoping that there will be progress in the negotiations.


Armenians violate ceasefire [ENG]

The article says that Armenian armed forces fire at Azerbaijani positions from their posts near Chilaburt village of Terter. It was silenced by response fire, no casualties are reported.

Time to settle Karabakh conflict – French mediator [ENG]

According to this article, the outgoing French mediator Bernard Fassier has called for greater urgency in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. He thinks that the settlement process should be intensified to improve the situation.

Nagorno-Karabakh region ‘cannot develop’ without Azerbaijan [ENG]

Referring to the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elman Abdullayev, the article notes of many useful points reached during bilateral and trilateral meetings between the conflicting parties towards the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to Abdullayev these meetings are not simply held for the sake of meeting but to find a settlement to the problem of Karabakh war. In his statement, Abdullayev notes of unsuccessful attempts by the Minsk Group bearing no results this year. However, despite such major shortcoming, some points and directions were defined and Azerbaijan stands for overall involvement of the OSCE Minsk group. He ended his remarks speaking of Azerbaijan’s growing development and therefore stressing the importance of the development of Nagorno- Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan.


Mexican Senate passes decision on Karabakh conflict [ENG]

The article says that the Mexican Senate has passed a decision consisting of articles of agreement on Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, the decision also deals with the settlement process of the Nagonro-Karabakh conflict, Madrid principles and notes the importance of returning IDPs and refugees to their homelands occupied by Armenia.


US Congress approves military assistance for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia [ENG]

The US congress approved President Obama’s proposed economic assistance package for the Caucasus worth $40m for Armenia, $16.6m for Azerbaijan, and $66m for Georgia. The Congress also agreed to provide assistance for the Nagorno-Karabakh at levels consistent with prior years.

Karabakh conflict most discussed in 2011 [ENG]

In reference to Bahar Muradova, Milli Majlis deputy chairman, the article says that it is a great pity that the positive tendencies recorded in Karabakh conflict at the beginning of the year failed closer to the end of the year. She noted that in general the outgoing year was marked by the most intensive discussions on Karabakh conflict by all international organizations. According to Muradova, while no positive result was attained within the conflict settlement, its presence on the world agenda is a progress.


Armenian armed forces injure woman in Azerbaijan [ENG]

The article says that Armenian armed forces have wounded a civilian in the Agdam region. As a result of Armenian fire from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, a Mirashalli village resident was wounded and was hospitalized with a bullet wound.

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Araz Azimov: “Nagorno-Karabakh will not change our strategy” [AZE]

Deputy FM Araz Azimov gave a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington. He mostly talked about the negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  He said that Yerevan’s current policy is against regaining peace in Nagorno-Karabakh and that Armenia is against the return of Azerbaijani community to Nagorno-Karabakh. He also stressed the current format of the negotiations, arguing there was no need to change it and instead keep it within the Minsk Group format.


OSCE says conflict settlement impossible without genuine will [ENG]

News.Az reprints from APA an interview with Eamon Gilmore, upcoming OSCE Chairman-in-Office, and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade of Ireland. Talking about Irish experience in peace process, Gilmore says that no conflict can be resolved unless there is a genuine will on the part of those directly involved, including a willingness to make sacrifices and to accept that a solution is very unlikely to meet the maximum demands of any party.  He considers Ireland as an honest broker and thinks that Irish sole interest in this conflict is a peaceful resolution, which will allow all sides to put the conflict behind them and work to achieve the potential of this beautiful, but troubled region.


Despite problems, Azerbaijan sees no alternative to Minsk Group [ENG]

In reference to the Deputy FM Araz Azimov speech, the article notes the regret in the OSCE Minsk Group co- chairs inability to attain any progress in the Karabakh conflict settlement. He calls on the co-chairs to intensify their efforts in this direction and be consistent.


President of Russia believes in resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [ENG]

The article is about Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s belief in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev believes that Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the only conflict in the post-Soviet space, which can be settled now. He considers negotiations the only way.


Azerbaijan informs ECAC on illegal airport construction in its occupied territory [ENG]

The article says that Arif Mammadov, director of the Azerbaijani Civil Aviation Administration and Catalin Radu, president of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), discussed illegal construction work at the airport in Khojaly in Azerbaijan’s occupied territory during the 137th meeting of the ECAC. The article says that Azerbaijan considers the mentioned airport as a threat to flights safety in the region.


Russia to continue active efforts towards solution of Karabakh conflict– Lavrov [ENG]

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said the prevention and resolution of conflicts is one of the top priorities of Russian foreign policy and Russia will continue its active efforts towards the political solution of the Nagorno Karabakh and Transnistria conflicts.


New organization formed to convey Karabakh realities to the world [ENG]

A new organization ‘’No Aggression, No Occupation International Forum” was formed to convey the reality about aggression in the Nagorno-Karabakh and violation of rights of IDPs. The main goal of this organization is to work with civil society in the occupied lands, to convey facts of human rights violation of IDPs to the world and legally cooperate with those suffered from the aggression.

20 years pass since Armenian occupation of Kerkijahan settlement in Karabakh [ENG]

The article says that 20 years passed since the occupation by Armenian separatists of the Nagorno Karabakh’s Kerkijahan settlement near Khankandi. Armenian forces occupied Kirkajahan on 28 December 1991. Before that the residents of this settlement resisted pressure by Armenian separatists for four years. 34 out of 1796 residents of the settlement including three women and two children were killed as a result and over 150 people were injured.


Large-scale military activities in Karabakh ‘not expected’ in 2012 [ENG]

Political analyst of Menas Associates (London) center Alex Jackson considers the frontline in Nagorno-Karabakh to have the same gloomy image in 2012– exchange of fire and deaths from sniper shots. According to Eurasianet, the expert thinks that Armenia and Azerbaijan are using drones on the frontline.


U.S. ambassador: No military solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [ENG]

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Bryza had a final press conference in Baku. Mr. Bryza reiterated US position in the settlement of Karabakh conflict that there cannot be a military solution to the conflict and the only way to resolve the conflict should be through peaceful negotiations between both sides. Bryza also noted his belief in the upcoming meeting of the Presidents, speaking of progress.

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