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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for February 15- 29



Million signatures by the citizens of Netherlands sent to county’s parliament on recognition of Khojaly Genocide [AZE]

The article says that the “Justice for Khojaly” campaign regarding the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy and the document with million signatures of the country’s citizens to recognize Khojaly genocide have been sent to the Dutch Parliament.  Chairman of the local coordinating committee of “Justice for Khojaly” campaign Geert Van Dam provided detailed information about the Khojaly genocide and demanded to punish the persons responsible for this international crime committed by Armenians against Azerbaijani civilians 20 years ago.

Efforts to organize meeting of Nagorno Karabakh’s Azerbaijani and Armenian communities continue [ENG]

The article says that efforts to organize a meeting of representatives of the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno-Karabakh continue. The chairman of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh public association Bayram Safarov told reporters that Azerbaijani side is always ready for negotiations with the Armenian community.


Statement on 20th anniversary of Khojaly genocide made in US Congress [AZE]

According to the article, the co-chairmen of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus Bill Shuster and Dan Boren made a statement on the 20th anniversary of Khojaly tragedy. Director General of the Azerbaijani-American Council (AAC) Javid Huseynov told Trend that the detailed information about the events in Khojaly was presented in the statement. The statement stressed that the 20th anniversary of the tragedy reminds the importance of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the unacceptability of preserving the status quo.

Radio Liberty


Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched a military trainings in the borderline [AZE]

Azerbaijani Armed Forces started an extensive military trainings in the juxtaposition lines. The trainings were staged under the leadership of Azerbaijani Defence Minister Safar Abiyev. During the trainings the most modern arms and technology of the Azerbaijani military were extensively used. Trainings will continue for a week.


Azerbaijani refugee demands recognition of Khojaly genocide in her letters to presidents of Armenia and France [ENG]

According to this article, a young Azerbaijani girl from Khojaly, Zarifa Guliyeva wrote letters to presidents of Armenia and France demanding recognition of the Khojaly events as a genocide and the acknowledgement of the responsibility of the Armenian side for it, demanding these crime committers to be punished.

Red Cross employees visit Azerbaijani POW [ENG]

The article says that representatives of the Armenian Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited Azerbaijani POW. Junior sergeant of Azerbaijani Armed Forces Mammadbagir Akhundzade was captivated near the Yukhary Chayli village on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops. Azerbaijani Defense Ministry also confirmed the fact.


Red Cross members visit Armenians kept in Azerbaijan [ENG]

The article says that representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited three Armenian POWs and five members of one family kept in captivity in Azerbaijan. According to the article, the ICRC representatives delivered 7 ‘Red Cross’ letters to captives and received 3 ‘Red Cross’ letters from the family.

Material on Khojaly genocide ready for sending to International Court [ENG]

The article says that files on the Khojaly genocide are ready for sending to the International Court. According to the member of the association ‘Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh’, MP Rovshan Rzayev a very comprehensive work had been conducted in this direction. The documents have been collected to determine those responsible for organising and committing the Khojaly genocide.

Strasbourg to host rally on 20th anniversary of Khojaly genocide [AZE]

The article says that a rally dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide will be held in Strasbourg. The Center of Cooperation for Azerbaijanis and Other Turkic Peoples (CCATP) jointly with the Azerbaijani House in Strasbourg is planning to stage a rally on the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy.

Protest rally held in Odessa in connection with 20th anniversary of Khojaly genocide [AZE]

According to this article the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide was marked by protest march in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. Representatives of the Ukrainian, Moldavian, Jewish, Turkish and Tatar youth took part in a protest march, organized jointly by the Association of the Azerbaijani Youth of Ukraine and the Youth Forum of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The article says that despite the frosty weather, the youth fell to the ground, forming the number “613” – the number of people that became victims of the Khojaly massacre. Then 613 black balloons were released to the air, on which words “Justice for Khojaly” were written. The demonstrators brought their efforts together to call for justice addressing to the international community.


18 soldiers of Khojaly genocide to be prosecuted [ENG]

The article says that decision has been made to prosecute 39 individuals who participated in the Khojaly genocide. Military prosecutor Khanlar Veliyev said that 18 of them are former servicemen of the 366th regiment; eight are employees of the interior bodies of Khankendi and Askeran whilst five are other officials and also eight civilians. The military prosecutor said all these individuals are charged under Article 103 of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan for their part in the genocide. At present, about 3000 people have been questioned for the period of the Khojaly genocide as part of a criminal case.

Justice for Khojaly campaign reveals program of events announced for 2012 [AZE]

The article says that Justice for Khojaly campaign published a program of events for 2012. Several activities dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of Khojaly genocide is planned in leading countries of the world in order to bring the truth about this tragedy to the attention of the international community. According to the article, activities of the campaign will be held in more than 50 cities around the world and are the most widespread since the start of the campaign. The campaign will be launched in 50 cities of 35 countries from this week on.

Parliament of Azerbaijan to send appeal on Khojaly genocide to world countries [AZE]

The article says that appeal on Khojaly massacre will be sent to nations of the world, international organizations, and embassies of different countries. At the event held by Youth Association of ruling Yeni Azerbaijan (NAP) party and SES newspaper MP Musa Guliyev said that Azerbaijani Parliament is going to address international community about the Khojaly massacre. Khojaly genocide is terrorism committed against Azerbaijani people, and the extent of Armenian vandalism, MP Musa Guliyev said. Other event participants condemned the atrocities committed by Armenia against the peaceful and unarmed population of Khojaly, and stressed that it is important to inform the world of the whole truth about this tragedy.

Azerbaijani ombudsman sends statement on Khojaly genocide to int’l organizations [ENG]

The article says that Azerbaijani ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova sent a statement in connection with the anniversary of Khojaly genocide to the international organizations. The statement requires the criminalization of Armenian terrorists who committed Khojaly genocide and their supporters.

Representatives of Azerbaijani and Armenian intellectuals discuss ways of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement [ENG]

According to this article, a meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian intellectuals was held in Moscow. The ways of peaceful settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were discussed at the meeting. Head of the Azerbaijan National Conservatory Siyavush Karimli, who participated in the meeting, in an interview with Trend, said that the details of the meeting would be announced after the Azerbaijani delegation returns home. The meeting was held at the initiative of Russian President’s Special Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi.


OIC Youth Forum Secretary General: Azerbaijan’s success is recognition of Khojali tragedy as genocide at political level [ENG]

The article says that the main success of Azerbaijan is the recognition of the Khojaly tragedy as genocide at the political level. The general secretary of the Youth Forum of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for dialogue and cooperation Elshad Iskandarov says that the “Justice for Khojaly” which started almost three years ago has a tremendous impact on the international community’s perception on the mass massacre perpetrated in Khojali in 1992. The campaign is aimed to bring the truth about the Khojaly tragedy and to achieve political and moral evaluation of the tragedy by the world community. It has been successfully implemented by hundreds of volunteers in more than 35 countries around the world.

Radio Liberty


Interview with Thomas de Waal [AZE]

Thomas de Waal, a noteworthy expert on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a British journalist and author of the “Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War”, said in his interview with Radio of Liberty that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev failed to lift the differences in positions of the two countries. The main concern is more than progress in the peace talks it is the aggressive speeches that are heard on both sides. According to De Waal, international community should extend the area of the peace process with much larger resources bringing European Union (EU) as an example. British journalist reiterated that EU is concerned in the peaceful settlement of the conflict. He thinks monitoring led by the EU should increase. De Wall also noted Azerbaijan’s growing power, which raises concerns in the overall process of the peace talks. Thomas de Waal says that being more powerful and more dissatisfied in the peace talks is risky.


Azerbaijani FM: Good-neighborliness policy is best policy [ENG]

The article says that Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov had a speech at a pres conference held in Moscow. Commenting on a meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian intellectuals Mammadyarov said that the best policy for any country is a good-neighborliness policy. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said it is important for the Azerbaijani public to state clearly that Nagorno Karabakh is Azerbaijani territory adding that holding such meetings is important in terms of further strengthening of good-neighborly relations. Mammadyarov said the negotiation process over Nagorno Karabakh continues and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will arrive in the region during the second week of March to discuss further steps.

Khojaly genocide must be fairly assessed by OSCE Minsk Group [AZE]

According to this article, the Executive secretary of the ruling “New Azerbaijan” Party Ali Ahmadov said that OSCE Minsk Group must give a fair assessment to Khojaly genocide. During parliamentary meeting Ahmadov noted that if the OSCE Minsk Group, involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, assesses the Khojaly genocide, it will show a fair position in this conflict settlement.

Azerbaijani Parliament makes decision on Khojaly genocide [AZE]

The article says that the Azerbaijani Parliament has made a decision on the Khojaly genocide saying the atrocities committed in Khojaly by Armenian Armed forces is against humanity. The decision noted that the investigative authorities of Azerbaijan have identified 39 individuals who committed crimes in Khojaly.

Euronest PA members raise Nagorno-Karabakh issue at meeting with Armenian president [AZE]

The article says that Euronest Parliamentary Assembly members raised the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh at a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. Azerbaijani MP Faraj Guliyev in an interview with Trend said that during the meeting MPs raised the Nagorno-Karabakh problem saying that the regular meetings between Azerbaijani and Armenian communities are important. When Sargsyan reiterated that Nagorno Karabakh is not part of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani MPs reminded Armenian President of four UN resolutions adopted to liberate the occupied territories. According to the MPs, Sargsyan opposed EU role in the settlement process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict saying that he prefers the OSCE Minsk Group and its chief role in the conflict resolution.

Ali Hasanov: Armenia’s former and current leadership committed Khojaly genocide [AZE]

According to this article, Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administrations’ Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov said Armenia’s former and current leadership and Nagorno-Karabakh separatist regime committed Khojaly genocide. The Azerbaijani President’s statement says that the world community must be informed about the Khojaly atrocity. There is an appeal that political and legal assessment must be given to the genocide. The statement emphasizes that the world community has carried out certain work in this area for the last 20 years, Hasanov said.

German Bundestag adopts document on Khojaly genocide [ENG]

The article says that German Bundestag has adopted a document on the Khojaly genocide and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide recognizing the Khojaly atrocity as massacre committed by the Armenian armed forces against civilians in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on February 26, 1992.


Turkish PM: Khojaly tragedy is grief of entire Turkic world [ENG]

The article says that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a statement on the 20th anniversary of Khojaly massacre during the conference held in Istanbul saying that mass killing of innocent people in Khojaly is a great tragedy. He noted that the Khojaly massacre is common grief of the entire Turkic world hoping that the Khojaly massacre will never occur in human history and delivered his condolences to Azerbaijanis.

Issue on Khojaly genocide raised in French Senate [ENG]

According to this article, deputy chairman of the friendship group France-Caucasus, Senator Nathalie Gouletreferred to Khojaly genocide at the session of the French Senate on February 23 recalling that France as a co-chair of the Minsk Group with an obligation to resolve the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.


EU wants to play bigger role in Karabakh conflict settlement [ENG]

EU would like to play a bigger role in supporting Azerbaijanis and Armenians in settling the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. EU Supreme Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton speaking in Brussels before the session of the Council for External Affairs said that discussions on the situation in the South Caucasus, including in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia is to be held today as part of the Council session. And one of the main discussions on South Caucasus will be the issue of Karabakh.

Radio Liberty


ICG praises Azerbaijan for improving IDPs conditions [AZE]

International Crisis Group (ICG) has praised the Azerbaijani government for improving living conditions for internally displaced persons  however the organizaiton noted, their return to the occupied territories  stil remains the preferred solution. ICG released a new report on Monday about the living conditions of displaced persons in Azerbaijan as a result of the six-year war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.


Azerbaijan calls OSCE to make statement on Minsk Group [ENG]

According to the article, Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) Ali Ahmedov told reporters that France as a co-chair of the Minsk Group is not ready to mediate the conflict impartially. The OSCE should make a statement about how France will act as a fair mediator in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, after it, being one of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group, openly assumed the role of defender of Armenia, added Ahmedov.

International Crisis Group urges international community to facilitate efforts on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [ENG]

International Crisis Group calls on the international community, in particular the co-chairs of the Minsk Group to facilitate efforts to reach a comprehensive peace in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The International Crisis Group urges to facilitate the creation of an incident investigation mechanism, including the operation of a hotline between the sides to discuss ceasefire breaches, and otherwise protect the civilian population. The International Crisis Group also calls on to create trust between conflicting communities, including promoting civil society meetings between the ethnic Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri population expelled from Nagorno-Karabakh and the occupied territories.

Azerbaijan urges OSCE chairing country to make efforts on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement [ENG]

The article says that Azerbaijan urged Ireland chairing in the OSCE in 2012 to take concrete steps to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Vice-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told Trend that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was the main topic of discussions at a meeting with the Irish delegation within the OSCE PA winter session in Vienna. The sides exchanged the views on the conflict resolution and proposals for several meetings and events with the participation of Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly were put forward.


Turkish parliament discusses Khojaly genocide [ENG]

According to this article, an MP from Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Sinan Ogan said at the Turkish Parliament that the largest genocide of the last century was committed in Khojaly. Ogan said it is time for the Turkish Parliament to adopt a statement on the Khojaly genocide. Member of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Ali Ozgunduz said the Khojaly events must be qualified as genocide.

EU Foreign Affairs Council invites the EU High Representative to develop post conflict scenarios for Nagorno-Karabakh [ENG]

The article says that EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on South Caucasus was held in Brussels. Following the meeting, the commission has taken some decisions on the situation in the South Caucasus, including a Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The EU expresses its concern at the slow progress in the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In this regard, the EU continues to support the OSCE Minsk Group.


EU concerns over slow progress in Armenia-Azerbaijan talks [ENG]

The article says that EU reiterates its support for the Madrid principles. EU has expressed its concern at the slow progress in the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Council of EU said EU continues to support the OSCE Minsk Group and acknowledges in this context the efforts of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev to achieve progress in trilateral talks.

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