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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for January 15- 31
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Armenian FM confirms information about Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents’ meeting [AZE]
The article says that Armenian Foreign Minister confirmed information about the upcoming trilateral meeting of presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia. Armenian Minister Edward Nalbandian made this statement at a press conference on Jan.16 saying that the venue and the date of the meeting will be announced in due time. Commenting on the meeting, Nalbandian expressed his confidence in continuation of trilateral contacts.
OSCE to monitor contact line between Armenian, Azerbaijani armies [AZE]
According to this article monitoring will be held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces in the north-west of Kurapatkino village in the Khojavand region on Jan.17. The monitoring will be held under a mandate of the OSCE chairman and on the opposite side, which the international community recognizes as Azerbaijani territory.
Best option in the resolution of Karabakh offered by OSCE Minsk Group [ENG]
The article says the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict does not have to depend on the Armenian-Turkish process. Positively approaching the Armenian-Turkish protocols, Sabine Freizer, Europe Program Director at the International Crisis Group, considers Azerbaijan one of the most important obstacles for the Armenian-Turkish rapproachment. As a result the expert thinks the talks between Turkey and Armenia failed, because Azerbaijan influenced the Turkish government. However, Freizer thinks the argument that Armenia-Turkey settlement will solve the Karabakh problem is not so hopeful. For now the best option in the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh is the one offered by the OSCE Minsk Group, as it envisages granting interim status and security guarantee to Karabakh.
Azerbaijani, Armenian presidents’ meeting to go ahead [ENG]
The article says Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev is to mediate a meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders. The Armenian foreign minister confirmed the meeting although he did not give a date or place for the meeting. Considering the trilateral format for the meetings effective Edward Nalbandian is sure for the continuation of the meetings in this format.
Armenian minister ‘ignorant or fibbing’, says Baku [ENG]
According to this article Azerbaijan dismissed accusations by Armenia on hampering creation of a mechanism to investigate violations of the cease-fire. Commenting on remarks by Edward Nalbandian that Baku ignores agreements reached during the negotiating process on a peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev said Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian is either ignorant of the documents or simply decided to fibb. He added that the biggest problem is the occupation of the Azerbaijani territory by Armenia and it is Armenia that occupies our lands and kills Azerbaijani civilians, even children. The spokesman expressed regret that Yerevan is not constructive on resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Russian, Armenian foreign ministers discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [AZE]
Foreign ministers Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Edvard Nalbandian of Armenia held a working meeting in Moscow. Russian Foreign Ministry’s press service reports that during the meeting they discussed a number of bilateral issues and preparations for a forthcoming Sochi meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia on the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
OSCE monitoring records no incidents on contact line [ENG]
Under the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, monitoring of the contact line between the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in north-west of Kuropatkino village of Azerbaijan’s Khojavend region has been conducted and no incident occurred during the monitoring.
Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents’ trilateral meeting scheduled [AZE]
A trilateral meeting between Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents was scheduled for Jan.23 in Sochi. The Russian president’s official website reported that the meeting will be tenth in succession, organized under the auspices of Russian president since 2008. Last meeting of three presidents was held in Kazan on June 24, 2011, which ended with no substantial agreement on basic principles.
Azerbaijan to support referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh only under one condition [AZE]
Azerbaijan’s support to a referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh could be possible only under one condition- Azerbaijanis of Karabkah return to their homes. The statement was made by Bayram Safarov, the chairman of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh public association. Safarov also noted that the people like Sahakian create obstacles for meetings between Armenian and Azerbaijani communities.
MP says Azerbaijan’s development is substantial support in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict [ENG]
Azerbaijan’s development is the substantial support in solving all its problems, including resolving the most important problem – the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Referring to President Ilham Aiyev’s statement MP Aydin Mirzazadeh told Trend that Armenian troops should withdraw from Azerbaijan’s occupied lands. Mirzazadeh also added that as long as Armenia continues to pursue an annexationist policy, it is going to face serious problems.
Armenians violate ceasefire [ENG]
The article says that Armenia Armed Forces violated ceasefire in the frontline near Gizilhajili village of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh region from their posts near Berkaber village of Armenia’s Ijevan region. The fire was silenced.
Russia to continue efforts on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict – Sergey Lavrov [ENG]
Russia highly appreciates its relations with Azerbaijan. Having a briefing on the outcomes of 2011, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia will continue its mediating mission on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
Airport in Khankandi to be put into operation in mid 2012 [ENG]
Foreign specialists are conducting trainings for future employees of Stepanakert(Khankandi) airport. According to the article, head of the Civil Aviation Administration at the separatist ‘NKR’ government Dmitri Adbashyan told that one of the groups of foreign specialists helps Karabakh specialists to introduce the P3D multi-position system and the other group conducts trainings for installation of meteo -equipment of forth generation imported from Finland. He also said that the work is already finished and the airport will be working starting from mid 2012.
Top official: Armenia not ready to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully [AZE]
Novruz Mammadov, Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, spoke of Armenia’s position in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Mammadov considers Armenia unprepared for resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully and through negotiations, and it is the main reason for non-resolution of the conflict. According to Mammadov, the results of the presidents’ meeting scheduled for Jan. 23 in Sochi will show the next round of steps in the resolution of this conflict.
Russia calls on Azerbaijan, Armenia to build confidence [ENG]
The article says that Russia has been consistently convincing the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of need to strengthen confidence-building measures. So that the joint statement adopted by the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia in Sochi on March 5, 2011 is aimed at this objective. During the meeting the presidents came together stating to resolve all disputes by peaceful means and to investigate possible incidents along the cease-fire line under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group.The statement says the sides are concerned by the violations of the cease-fire and Moscow hopes for the investigations of the incidents.
Azerbaijani, Russian presidents discuss Karabakh, cooperation [ENG]
Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev ahead of the trilateral meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. According to the article, during the meeting President Medvedev noted the importance of the upcoming trilateral meeting and acknowledged “major problems” in the Karabakh peace process. Moreover President Medvedev noted that the dialogue between the conflicting parties is useful and he hopes for the continuing efforts.
Presidents report ‘progress’ in Karabakh talks [ENG]
Noting the statement reached during the trilateral meeting between the presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia, the article touches upon the positive tone of the meeting. The three presidents stated that Sochi meeting was a progress in reaching agreement on the Basic Principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. In the joint statement there is a call for confidence- building measures between the communities of the two countries. Commenting on the meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the sides created “mutual understanding for further progress”. He said the three presidents had discussed “the full range of issues which remain unresolved in the draft Basic Principles of a Nagorno-Karabakh resolution”.
Baku, Yerevan acknowledge need to avoid ‘extreme positions’ [ENG]
The article says that Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents have recognized the need to pull back from extreme positions, so that both presidents asked Russia to mediate in the establishment of humanitarian ties between the two countries. Responding to journalists after talks between Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, mediated by Dmitriy Medvedev, in Sochi Sergey Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister said Russia had agreed to mediate in the establishment of public contacts between the countries.
European assembly president calls for ‘common sense’ from Armenia, Azerbaijan [ENG]
Jean-Claude Mignon, the new president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to show more “common sense” in the Parliamentary Assembly, where Azerbaijan supported the revival of the Karabakh subcommittee and Armenia refused to attend its meetings. Openly expressing his thoughts about the sub-committee and its functions, Jean-Claude Mignon said he always doubted that the committee will achieve any serious results adding that the solution of the conflict is possible within the OSCE Minsk Group and that the work of the Minsk Group deserves praise.
Expert: OSCE MG co-chair countries try to control Karabakh process instead of resolving conflict [ENG]
The article says that there is almost no chance of progress on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution this year. Thomas de Waal, expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says “Neither side seems prepared to change its position on the draft agreement that was rejected in Kazan last June”.
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: International community should force Armenia to work on peace agreement [AZE]
Baku hopes the international community will force Yerevan to start work on a final peace agreement to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s report for 2011 says, Azerbaijan hopes that the international community will show more determination and consistency that will lead to a lasting peace and security in the region.
‘Karabakh problem should be settled through exclusively peaceful means’ [ENG]
The article includes the comments of Armenian Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Eduard Sharmazanov. Commenting on the statement by the three Presidents in Sochi Sharmazanov considers the statement logical to peace talks and in accord with the position of the Armenian sides. According to him, the statement says that there is only a peaceful solution to the problem, and the Azerbaijani President expressed readiness for it. He says that by this statement Azerbaijani President contradicts his latest statement that the problem has two solutions – either peace or military solution.
Conflict parties bear main weight in Karabakh conflict settlement – UK minister [ENG]
Azerbaijani MP Ganira Pashayeva asked the UK Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs David about the UK assessment of the OSCE Minsk Group. In response, Lidington said that the main responsibility of the conflict settlement is on the conflicting sides adding, “we are not co-chairing OSCE Minsk Group. I don’t think that the UK can be involved directly in the activity of the Minsk Group’s co-chairs.”
PACE rejects Armenian delegation’s appeal [ENG]
The article says that Head of Armenian delegation to PACE David Harutyunyan appealed to the new chairman of the organization Jean-Claude Mignon asking to dissolve the PACE subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh. However, PACE Bureau rejected the appeal and considered that subcommittee should continue to operate.
Azerbaijani army soldier taken captive [ENG]
According to this article Azerbaijani soldier was caught by Armenian Armed Forces while trying to cross the contact line between separatist Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani Armed Forces. The soldier is reported to have a uniform of Azerbaijani Armed Forces and had a military ID with the name of Akhundzade Mamedbagir Talib-oglu, born in 1990. The father of the soldier was quoted saying that his son disliked Armenians and wished for the liberation of Azerbaijani lands from the Armenian occupation (Azerbaijani POW’s father talks about son’s capture ENG)
France ‘cannot be’ Karabakh mediator any more – MP [ENG]
News.Az interviewed Aydin Mirzazade, an MP for the ruling New Azerbaijan Party and deputy chair of the Milli Majlis committee for defence and security. Commenting on France passing a new bill on genocide and its linkage to Azerbaijan and settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani MP said France ought to be removed from the OSCE Minsk Group. First, it will help the reduction of the countries involved in the solution of the conflict. Second, “now that France has taken a biased stance on regional issues, it cannot be a mediator in the Karabakh settlement” said MP. According to Mirzazade Azerbaijan’s refusal of French mediation in this conflict is possible, and currently this decision is one of the issues debated in Azerbaijan.
Nikolas Bratza: European court to give legal assessment of Azerbaijani displaced persons’ suit against Armenia [AZE]
According to the article, European Court Grand Chamber made its judgment in early January and declared the application of Azerbaijani citizens titled of “Chiragov and Others v. Armenia”, which is in fact against Armenia, admissible. Commenting on this issue, the president of the European Court did not talk about when the final decision will be made, adding that this issue is political and sensitive, as well as difficult one. However, Mr. Bratza said it would be possible to give a legal assessment to this case.
PACE Bureau discusses activity of subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh [AZE]
The article says that the issue related to the activity of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh was discussed at a meeting of the Bureau within the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon said in an exclusive interview with Trend that the activity of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh will not be restored soon. He told that the time is needed to consider this issue thoroughly. However, Mignon said that the option of restoring the activity of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh is possible.
Either Turkey is among co-chairs, or France must be removed – Davutoglu [ENG]
In the light of recent events in France, Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu questions the chairmanship of France in OSCE Minsk Group. Clarifying the issue, Turkish Foreign Minister stressed the need to discuss the chairmanship of Turkey in the OSCE Minsk Group saying that “If there are two nations in any way affected by the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflicts, these are Turkey and Russia. Turkey is not in this process, while France is in it”. “Either Turkey is among the co-chairs, since we are affected by the conflict, or France must be removed” stated Davutoglu in his final remarks.
Turkey to raise France’s Karabakh mediation at OSCE [ENG]
The article says that Turkey is going to raise the question of France’s position in the OSCE Minsk Group. According to the Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan, Hulusi Kilic, France is in fact not a mediator, but supporter of the parties to the Karabakh conflict.
International pressure on Armenia essential to end occupation of Azerbaijani lands – Turkish Parliament Speaker [AZE]
During his visit to Indonesia, Turkey’s Speaker of Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek, said increasing international pressure on Yerevan is necessary to stop the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas and let Azerbaijani refugees return safely to their homes. “20 percent of Azerbaijani territories are occupied by Armenia, one million of our Azerbaijani brothers are expelled from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas” said Cicek, pointing that Yerevan needs to be pressed by international community in order to liberate Azerbaijani territories.
Khojaly genocide recognized on international level [AZE]
The Session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) held in Palembang (Indonesia) ended. Following the completion of the session, the conference called upon the Member Parliaments to initiate starting from 2012 a proper recognition of the massacre of Azerbaijani civilians by Armenian forces in the town of Khojaly on 26 February 1992. PUIC demands bringing to justice the perpetrators of the Khojaly massacre. The position of the PUIC was reflected also in the Final Declaration of the Conference.
Azerbaijan strives to move on to legally sound conflict solution [ENG]
The article claims that current Armenian leadership is delaying the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. Commenting on the statement by the Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian, that “time should not be wasted for negotiations on the coordination of main principles”, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev said, “the agreement about the basic principles is a political solution method, which, as world experience shows, can take years or even decades.”
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