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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for November 15- 30
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The article says that Azerbaijani Parliamentary Speaker Ogtay Asadov during his meeting with Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov in Baku told that Nagorno-Karabakh conflict seriously hampers the process of Azerbaijan’s integrations into Euro-Atlantic zone. Asadov also expressed his hopes that friendly countries will multiply their efforts to resolve the conflict within international legal norms and principles.
The article says that World Tourism Organization Secretary General has expressed his attitude toward organizing info-tours by Armenia in Azerbaijan’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, so that in an interview with journalists in Baku WTO Secretary general recalled that the World Tourism Organization is a specialized UN agency and its opinion coincides with the view of the United Nations.
Azerbaijani President’s Office: Any way contributing to resolution of Nagorno Karabakh problem acceptable [ENG]
The article talks about official Baku’s willingness about the meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno Karabakh. According to the article, official Baku welcomes any way, which may help contribute to the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh problem, including a meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno Karabakh.
Deputy speaker: Azerbaijanis and Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh should discuss living together [ENG]
The article says that Azerbaijanis and Armenians who will live together in Nagorno-Karabakh should discuss the conditions of their future coexistence. Azerbaijani Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Bahar Muradova told journalists that the main goal of such a meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh is to discuss their future coexistence as Azerbaijani citizens.
WTO discusses cultural monuments and tourist sites in Azerbaijani occupied territories [ENG]
The article says that World Tourism Organization (WTO) Secretary General has expressed his attitude about the destruction of cultural monuments and tourist sites in Azerbaijani occupied territories. Taleb Rifai told that the main purpose of the World Tourism Organization is to promote and to preserve the cultural and historical heritage, saying that the organization thinks that the cultural and historical monuments of any country do not belong to only one country, but it is the common property of all mankind.
Diplomatic source: OSCE MG French co-chair to be replaced in near future [ENG]
The article says that French Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Bernard Fassier will pay his last visit to the region in late November and then he will be replaced, according to diplomatic source in France. According to the article the candidacy of Jacques Faure, who is completing his diplomatic mission in Ukraine as an ambassador, is now under consideration. Another source, informs of the final replacement to be completed in January [Trend.az, 23.11.2011 ENG].
‘Azerbaijan can liberate occupied lands in short’ [ENG]
The ‘key’ to the Karabakh conflict is held by the Kremlin as it was stated in early 1990s. Elchin Bayramli, head of the Center for Strategic Research Altay, political expert said, “the only way out for us is to make Russia neutral at any cost. In other words, Russia should either guarantee that it will not interfere with hostilities or it should put pressure on Armenia to withdraw from the occupied lands.”
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Sargsyan misleads international community again [ENG]
The article speaks about Azerbaijan’s reaction towards Armenian President’s speech at the international conference entitled “Change of Regional Security in the South Caucasus”. The article notes that the speech of Armenian President Serge Sargsyan again causes regret and frankly speaking, if the Armenian leadership were wiser the country would not have been in such sad economic position and would not have suffered such a demographic crisis.
Foreign Ministry: Switzerland never questioned Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity [ENG]
The article says that Switzerland does not recognize “Nagorno Karabakh’s independence” and never questioned Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. According to the article, the Foreign Ministry of Switzerland has appealed to the Azerbaijani Embassy to Switzerland and stated that the declaration initiated in the PACE is not the official position of the Swiss State and Parliament.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry: Armenia to withdraw unconditionally from occupied Azerbaijani lands [ENG]
The article says that Pakistan fully backs Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia, saying that Armenia must withdraw unconditionally from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.
New options on Karabakh’s resolution to be considered – ICG [ENG]
The article says that international community and countries which have been involved in the peace process need to make sure the two sides take a calm approach to the situation on the ground, which could be destabilized any time.
MP: Turkish-Armenian border not open until Nagorno Karabakh conflict is unresolved [ENG]
During his meeting with Ogtay Asadov, Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan, Volkan Bozkyr, Chairman of the International Relations Committee of the Great National Assembly of Turkey, voiced his satisfaction with the level of inter-parliamentary links between Azerbaijan and Turkey. The official said the Turkish-Armenian borders will not be opened until this conflict is resolved. In this connection, the Zurich Protocols also will not be submitted for discussion to the International Relations Committee, he added.
Azerbaijan denies being first to break ceasefire [ENG]
The article says that Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry upholds the ceasefire along the frontline separating Armenian and Azerbaijani troops. The MFA spokesperson says that they are committed to the ceasefire agreement and never violate the ceasefire first. Simply, when the ceasefire is violated, the opposite side receives a response in reprisal fire. This is how it has always been.
Germans ‘on Azerbaijan’s side’ over Karabakh settlement [ENG]
News.Az interviewed German politician Dr Werner Münch, former prime minister of Saxony-Anhalt and a former member of the CDU. During the interview, Dr. Werner spoke of Azerbaijan’s need to unify its land. “You have so many refugees and they have the complete right to return home. Therefore, I believe that the Germans are very good friends of Azerbaijan, which is why they understand your problem and are 100% on your side,” said the German politician.
The article says that representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited three Armenian POWs and five members of one family kept in captivity in Azerbaijan on Nov.22.
Azerbaijan does not expect anything new from OSCE MG’s upcoming visit to region [ENG]
The article says that Azerbaijan does not expect anything new from the upcoming visit of the OSCE Minsk Group to the region. In the article, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told journalists that rather than responding to Azerbaijan’s constructive proposals, Armenia chooses a different way, using occupied Azerbaijani territories for its selfish ends and, thus, shows no interest in moving the process forward.
Solution of Karabakh conflict needs a new approach – British MP [ENG]
The article says that Council of Europe has enough potential to ensure and support the solution of disputes between the member states. Jeffrey Donaldson, Northern Irish politician, member of the British delegation to the Council of Europe, told that they are ready to share their experience of the solution of the Northern Ireland problem in the Council of Europe.
The article says that any activity aimed at changing occupied Azerbaijani territories’ infrastructure is illegal. Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told journalists that the construction of any road in Kalbajar region and other initiatives are contrary to the Geneva Convention and it is not the first case of violation of international conventions by Armenia.
The article says that Elmar Samad oglu Gabibzade, soldier at the Azerbaijan’s National Army, was killed in a ceasefire violation by the Armenian armed forces.
EU as a Minsk Group co-chair instead of France [AZE]
The article says that diplomat Jacques Faure will substitute French co-chair Bernard Fassier. Moreover, in the article it is said that there are two important messages from Europe. One of them was given by Catherine Ashton, whereby she spoke of a point in time when trust- building measures will have to be organized, therefore signaling Brussels’s possible involvement in the reconciliation process. Another message was given by Christian Vigen, European Parliament Member, who sent a strong message to the Minks Group, noting the long and unchanged format of its involvement in the process.
Meetings of Armenian, Azerbaijani communities must become regular – MP [ENG]
The article says that MP Rabiyyat Aslanova stands for regular meetings between Nagorno Karabakh communities. Restoration of contacts between representatives of Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno Karabakh is of great importance, considers chairwoman of the committee for human rights of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan, as she thinks developing ties between the two communities will create additional opportunities for informing the wider community about affairs in Nagorno Karabakh.
US envoy says contacts between Nagorno Karabakh communities necessary [ENG]
The article says that one of the issues to be discussed during the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ visit to Baku will be recent incidents occurred on the frontline. US ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said that he does not expect any special novelty from the visit but that they can bring additional energy to the negotiation process.
Co-chairs should not have same attitude towards both conflicting parties – MP [ENG]
According to the article OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are expected to visit the region in coming few days. Azerbaijani MP Elman Mammadov stated in his remarks for the ruling New Azerbaijan Party website that any progress in the conflict resolution seems to be impossible until necessary measures are taken against the aggressor state under the international law.
Armenian president blames Azerbaijan for deaths along contact line [ENG]
The article says that Serzh Sargsyan has said the situation along the Armenian-Azerbaijani “border” will remain volatile until the Karabakh conflict is resolved. He made the remarks at a press briefing, commenting on the deaths of two Armenian soldiers in exchanges of fire along the contact line.
The article writes of a trilateral meeting with the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), Armenian Apostolic Church, Allahshukur Pasahzadeh, and Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Department in Yerevan. Catholicon Garegin the Second, the Head of Armenian Apostolic Church, thanked Russia’s Sacred Patriarch Cyril and the Russia’s Orthodox Church for the mediation over the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and restoration of peace in the region. He said he was full of hope that as a result of the overall efforts, the Nagorno Karabakh problem will be resolved and good relations between our nations and states, namely Armenia and Azerbaijan will be restored.
The article says that the conflicts must be resolved peacefully and spiritual leaders must encourage the political leadership of their countries in this regard.
According to the article, that following the outcome of a meeting in Yerevan, the chairman of the Spiritual Department of Caucasian Muslims Sheik-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazadeh, Patriarch of Moscow and the whole Russia Cyril and Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin the Second adopted a Declaration stressing the need of a negotiated solution of the Nagorno Karabakh problem.
The article says that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs took part in the monitoring on the contact line of the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops. The monitoring was held under a mandate of the OSCE chairman and without any incidents.
Azerbaijan’s sheikh prays in Yerevan mosque [ENG]
The article says that chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Department, Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, has visited the historic mosque in Yerevan. Pashazade led the Azerbaijani delegation in namaz at the mosque. The Azerbaijani mosque was built in the 18th century.
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