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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for January 1- 14



Interview- Top official: Azerbaijan to make every effort to eliminate double standards in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement [ENG]

In an interview with Trend, Ali Hasanov, chief of the Social and Political Department at the Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration said the main reason for the present day deadlock of the conflict is the indifference of the international community to Armenia’s destructive position.

Azerbaijani parliament appeals to French Senate over genocide bill [ENG]

The article informs of the appeal by the Azerbaijani parliament to the French Senate to exercise caution in its discussions of a bill on criminalizing the denial of genocide. The appeal mainly calls for taking a cautious approach to a distant historical event.

Radio Liberty

In 2011 ceasefire was violated 774 times [AZE]

Azerbaijani Defense Ministry informs of Armenian armed forces’ violation of ceasefire 774 times during the last year. It is reported that as a result 19 citizens were shot dead and 24 were wounded. 15 of those killed were soldiers, 4 were civilians- 2 were kids. Out of the wounded 19 were soldiers, 5 were civilians. The most violated time period was reported during September, March and May. According to the reports, Fizuli was the region for violations.

Radio Liberty


Sarkisian had a visit to Nagorno-Karabakh [AZE]

President of Armenia Serzh Sarkisian visited a military post located in the occupied Azerbaijani land of Khojavend in Karabakh on January 3. The President also attended the opening of the sports complex, and visited wood-processing fabric in Askeran region. The article says Armenian president frequently visits Nagorno-Karabakh, following the military training over there.


Karabakh conflict hardly changed in 15 years – US adviser [ENG]

Michael Och, a policy adviser at the US Congress’ Helsinki Commission, considers the conflicts in the South Caucasus have threatened the stability and security of the entire region. He says despite the efforts of the Minsk Group….the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict looks little different than 15 years ago. The analyst mentions contradictions between two Helsinki principles of territorial integrity and self-determination saying that neither the negotiators nor the international community have been able to bridge the gap.

Azerbaijani MP calls for sanctions against Armenia [ENG]

The article says that Azerbaijani MP calls international organizations, the ones, which disagree with military solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, to impose sanctions against Armenia. Zahid Oruj, a member of the Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, told Trend that the predicted war in the region could jeopardize the transnational projects, so that organizations should support the sanctions against Armenia. MP also told that perceiving the impossibility of war in Nagorno-Karabakh as strengthening of Armenian positions on these territories does not coincide with the realities of 2012.


‘France will show activity in settlement of Karabakh conflict’ [ENG]

The article looks at the evaluation of 2011 within the framework of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In the article Armenian MP, secretary of the Prosperous Armenia Party parliamentary group Aram Safaryan considers Russia’s role in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict more significant than the other co-chairs saying Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev did try to make some moves in finding a resolution for the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Mentioning the failure of the Kazan meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents, MP Safaryan continues to forecast France’s activity in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict in 2012.

Regional blocs to keep focus on frozen conflicts [ENG]

According to this article, GUAM Parliamentary Assembly and the assemblies of three other regional blocs are to hold an international conference in Baku, to discuss frozen conflicts. Elton Mammadov, the head of the board of the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly, says GUAM maintains its focus on unresolved conflicts, adding, that a separate document adopted by the Baltic Assembly on the settlement of the conflicts in the Caucasus states the commitment of its signatories to resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh in line with international norms and principles.

Political resources reach stalemate with Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [ENG]

The article says political resources were exhausted with efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The director of the Centre for Political Innovation and Technologies, political analyst Mubariz Ahmadoglu said the meeting of the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian presidents in Kazan did not offer any significant results and there was no agreement signed afterwards and this is a sign. Moreover, he thinks that the collapse of the OSCE Minsk Group’s mediation began and the status quo must be immediately changed.


‘Turkey will be near Azerbaijan in case of war in Karabakh’ [ENG]

The article says the military option might be applied if the Karabakh issue is not solved in a peaceful way. In the article Turkish MP from Istanbul Ali Ozgunduz says Turkey will be near Azerbaijan if the war is unleashed in Karabakh adding that the Karabakh issue cannot be deferred for too long and it will find its settlement sooner or later. As long as the conflict is protracted, many other problems can occur in the region.

‘Turkish youth should act jointly in Karabakh issue’ [ENG]

Youth of the Turkish world should strengthen propagation of the Karabakh issue. Ahmet Saglam, head of the ‘Turkish World Youth Group’, says the Armenian diaspora and its propaganda on ‘Armenian genocide’ should be used as an appropriate example, so that we, the youth of the Turkish world must make our best to make Europe recognize tragedies happened in Karabakh and Khojaly.


New TV station launched in Karabakh region [ENG]

The article informs of a new station built by “Teleradio” Production Association put into full commission to provide high quality TV transmission in Agdam, Barda and Tartar region, as well as the north region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The new TV station is part of the restoration plan of the Azerbaijani communication in the land- to- be liberated from occupation.


European Court declares Azerbaijani IDPs application admissible [AZE]

The article says that the case of “Chiragov and Others v. Armenia” was declared admissible by the European Court of Human Rights. The Court will deliver its judgment at a later date. The case concerns the applicants’ complaint that they were forced to flee from their homes in 1992 during the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, in particular they lost their properties in Lachin.

Official: European Court must recognize violation of Azerbaijani citizens’ rights by Armenia [ENG]

The article says European Court of Human Rights must make a decision that the Republic of Armenia is responsible for the violation of Azerbaijan’s Lachin region residents’ rights, Chingiz Asgarov, head of the Department for Human Rights Protection Issues in the Department for Coordination of Law Enforcement Agencies at the Presidential Administration said. He reported that the Supreme Chamber of the European Court decisions as valid, as the decision considers the Nagorno-Karabakh as a part of Azerbaijan and the Armenian armed forces as occupier of the Azerbaijani territory.


Baku criticizes OSCE Karabakh mediators [ENG]

The article reports on recent accusation made by Azerbaijani official against the OSCE Minsk Group for taking a “laissez-faire attitude” to resolution of the Karabakh conflict. Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said during a meeting with Ilkka Kanerva, head of the Finnish delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly that the OSCE Minsk Group failed to find a peaceful resolution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Karabakh, and the produced no results. Moreover, Khalafov accused Armenia of continuing disrespecting the norms of international law and of taking a non-constructive stance during negotiations.


Finnish MPs visits frontline area [ENG]

According to the article, Members of Finland’s delegation to OSCE Parliamentary Assembly visited Agdam region and familiarized themselves with the living conditions of Azerbaijani families who had to leave their homes. Kanerva said the purpose of their visit was to witness everything saying “We felt the situation was painful here. And the whole world should know the details of situation here”. Kanerva underlined the urgency of the peaceful solution to the conflict.

Group of Azerbaijani journalists sue Armenia in European Court [AZE]

The article says a group of Azerbaijani journalists, who have been displaced due to Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories, will sue Armenia in the European Court of Human Rights. The journalists based their argument on the occupation of Karabakh regions outside the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous republic. The main clauses for the court appeal are based on the violation of their rights to property, residence, education, and more. The journalists also claim that they had suffered material and moral damage.

Azerbaijani ruling party: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict may be resolved peacefully [AZE]

The article says the opportunity of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully still remains. In the article, deputy chairman, executive secretary of the “New Azerbaijan” party Ali Ahmadov asks Armenia to end its non-constructive position during these talks and make a decision on the settlement of the conflict, so that both the Azerbaijani and Armenian society wait for this decision.


OSCE’s Irish chair keen to work with Karabakh mediators [ENG]

The article says the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore addressed the OSCE Permanent Council and presented Ireland’s priorities for 2012. According to the article one of the priorities is seeking ways in which progress can be made towards lasting settlements of a number of conflicts in the OSCE area. Among these there is Nagorno-Karabakh too on which the continuing work of the OSCE’s Minsk Group is expected.  Mentioning the devastating cost of the conflict and Irish experience, he thinks that achievement of a lasting settlement is possible.

Regional conflicts remain new OSCE Chairmanship priorities [AZE]

According to the article, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ireland’s priorities for 2012 maintains a balanced approach in addressing the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions of security, OSCE official website reported. A further priority for Ireland will be to seek ways to make progress towards lasting settlements of protracted conflicts in the OSCE area. Deputy Prime Minister Gilmore welcomed the resumption of the official 5+2 talks in the Transdniestrian settlement process, and offered his full support for the Minsk Group Co-Chairs to address the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Iranian parliament speaker: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved within territorial integrity principle [ENG]

Referring to IRNA report, the article says the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved within the principle of territorial integrity and compliance with international legal norms. Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani talked about the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in an interview with Anadolu before his visit to Turkey, saying that Turkey and Iran are Muslim and friendly countries and their job is to solve regional problems.

U.S. to further assist Azerbaijan and Armenia to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [AZE]

The article says U.S. will continue its high-level involvement through the Minsk Group to help Azerbaijan and Armenia find a peaceful and long-term solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This was stated by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon at the Körber Foundation in Berlin, speaking about transatlantic cooperation on Jan.11.


Sargsyan tries his utmost ‘to break’ dialogue between Azerbaijanis and Armenians [ENG]

News.Az interviews Professor Farhad Badalbayli, national artist of USSR, member of Public Union “Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan”. He thinks that although the Armenian community of Karabakh refused to meet with the Azerbaijani community at the end of the last year, Azerbaijani side insists on holding the meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Karabakh. Badalbayli says that such meeting is expected to be held in February-March in Russia and then in the US. He also underlines the importance of joint coexistence of these communities saying that sooner or later the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia should end and the communities should find a way for cohabitation.

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