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Digest of Azerbaijani Media for October 15- 31
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Iran says it is ready to help settle Karabakh dispute [ENG]
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says if Azerbaijan and Armenia want, Iran is ready to offer a solution to the Karabakh dispute. He says that Iran supports the continuation of talks and consultations on the issue and is ready to help resolve the territorial dispute between Baku and Yerevan.
In the article Siyavush Novruzov, Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, says that the Armenian political leadership does not allow holding meetings between the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno-Karabakh. He says that Armenians, living in Nagorno-Karabakh, are Azerbaijani citizens and it is important to hold meetings between the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The article says that the Nagorno-Karabakh territory, occupied by Armenia, is used for cultivation, sale and transit of drugs. Ali Hasanov, Deputy Prime Minister, and the head of the State Commission on Drug Addiction and Prevention of Illegal Drug Trafficking, said at the international conference on combating drug trafficking held in Baku that since the occupied territories are actually uncontrollable, transnational criminal groups take advantage of it. He said Azerbaijan’s territory attracts drug traffickers as a transit corridor, and it should be considered when combating drug trafficking.
President Aliyev: Sooner solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is found better for everyone, including Armenia [ENG]
Al-Jazeera interviewed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. In an interview President Ilham Aliyev said that Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the biggest threat to the region. He said despite the achievement of the ceasefire agreement in 1994, no peace has been achieved yet.
‘Thousands of Armenians are willing to take on the Azerbaijani citizenship’ [ENG]
Talking to News.az Bayram Safarov, head of the Shusha executive power and the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh, said they want to meet with the Armenians of pre-war calendar. He also added that there are thousands of Armenian families wishing to have ID cards belonging to citizens of Azerbaijan who are currently living in Karabakh.
Armenians hold military exercises in occupied lands [ENG]
The article informs that Armenian armed forces are holding large-scale military exercises in areas of the occupied Agdara District. The exercises involve land forces, light and heavy weapons as well as armed weapons.
Symposium on Karabakh held in US [ENG]
According to the article, a symposium on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been organized in USA. The article says that the Washington-DC based School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University organized a symposium on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to bring closer the government and civil society members of Azerbaijan and Armenia. The symposium mainly addressed the topics such as assessing the deadlock in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, perceptions, identity and multi-track diplomacy, as well as improving the effectiveness of track 2 approaches.
Armenia makes territorial claims from first days of existence – Vice Speaker [ENG]
According to the article, speaking at the 20th anniversary of state independence during plenary session of the Parliament, the first vice-speaker of Milli Majlis, Ziyafat Asgarov said that Armenia pursued the policy of territorial claims to its neighbors from the first day of its creation. According to him, in those years in order to ensure the safety of Azerbaijanis the government of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic invited the Armenians to settle disputes through negotiation.
We will solve conflict through war – MP [ENG]
The article starts with an opinion of Azerbaijani Parliament Member, Vahid Ahmadov who firmly believes that all states and international organizations announce their recognition of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. ‘Our lands should be freed from occupation’, the MP notes. He continues to say he believes that we will solve the conflict through war.
Baku raises Karabakh peace deal ahead of mediators’ visit [ENG]
In the article Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has repeated Baku’s desire for a major peace deal to be drafted with Armenia. He said that the Minsk Group countries and Azerbaijan want to continue negotiations. Mammadyarov noted, that Azerbaijan wants a greater deal to be drafted, which he thinks is a major document from a legal viewpoint.
Azerbaijani envoy praises Russia’s role on Karabakh [ENG]
The article says that Baku’s envoy in Moscow has welcomed the role of Russia as a Karabakh mediator at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s independence. Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Russia, Polad Bulbuloglu, said that the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia had become a guarantor of stability in the region. He praised the efforts of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Armenians fire at frontline village in Tartar [ENG]
The article informs of the shooting by the Armenian military forces at Qapanli village in Tartar District located near the contact line. The fire is being shot from the occupied Seyidsulan village in Tartar. No casualties are reported. Some houses in the village have suffered damage.
Medvedev: Delegation of both Aliyev and Sarksyan could easily contact [AZE]
On Oct. 21, Russian President D.Medvedev made a speech in front of the students of Moscow State University where he responded to the questions of Armenian and Azerbaijani students. During the meeting a student of Armenian nationality asked a question about what kind of steps are expected to put forward to solve the conflict. President Medvedev also talked about his close relations with both Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents. Medvedev also spoke of real difficulties in settlement of the conflict and undoubtedly Russia’s role in mediation and its assistance in helping to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The article says that U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said the OSCE Minsk Group co chairs are arriving to the region at the beginning of the next week. He said they would mull the basic principles and ways to address the both parties’ concerns that were formulated at the Kazan meeting. Bryza said that the question on whether Azerbaijani and Armenian president will meet again before the end of this year should be addressed to the co-chairmen. He thinks there is very strong commitment by Azerbaijan to support current negotiation process and to work with all co-chairs in any form.
The article says that both Russia and Europe and the United States have objective interests in promoting the negotiating process and neutralizing risks of resumption of military actions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
Conflict in Karabakh solvable – Medvedev [ENG]
The article says that while meeting youth, Medvedev shared his impressions from regular meetings with Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan. Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev assured that Moscow will continue assisting in resolution of the Karabakh conflict but it is up to the parties to the conflict to seek agreement. Meanwhile he noted that the Karabakh conflict could be solved.
Karabakh mediators arrive to the region [ENG]
The article says that Armenian FM receives OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. The interlocutors continued their discussions on the peaceful settlement process of the Karabakh conflict. Reflecting on Azerbaijan’s statements made toward preparing a peace accord immediately and without reaching consent on fundamental principles, Edward Nalbandian stated that such position runs counter to logic of the negotiation process and, naturally, also with the co-chairs’ approach, which was made public on many occasions.
Bill on massacres in Karabakh submitted to Swedish parliament [ENG]
The article says that massacre in Karabakh has been discussed in the Swedish parliament. According to the article, member of the Swedish parliament of Turkic origin Mehmet Kaplan has developed a bill ‘On massacres committed by Armenians in Karabakh’ and submitted the bill to the parliament despite efforts of the Armenian diaspora to prevent it.
The article says that OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs offered several proposals for measures to enhance confidence- building in different fields between the sides of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during their visit to the region on October 21-24. During the visit the co-chairs stressed to the sides the need to improve significantly the atmosphere of negotiations, increase trust, and strengthen implementation of the ceasefire to allow further progress toward reaching a peaceful settlement.
In an interview with Russian “Komsomolskaya Pravda” newspaper, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov underlined Russia’s role in reaching final settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Mammadyarov spoke of the necessity to firstly clean up the negotiating table from the negative effects of the armed conflict, which is the occupation of territories and ethnic cleansing.
Azerbaijan to spare no effort in restoring its territorial integrity – Azerbaijani President [ENG]
According to the article, while speaking of the socioeconomic developments that took place in the last nine months, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev also noted that Azerbaijan will never give up its principal position on Nagorno Karabakh. The president then voiced regret that no serious results have been achieved in the resolution of the conflict.
Impossible to solve Karabakh conflict via mediators – MP [ENG]
Azerbaijan MP, Gudret Hasanguliyev, said the co-chairs were trying Azerbaijan’s patience by further protracting the final resolution of the conflict. Hasanguliyev, believes, that co- chairs are hoping for Azerbaijan to abandon its efforts to regain territories and the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijani President: No progress seen in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution [ENG]
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev spoke about Azerbaijan’s most painful problem- Karabakh- at the a Cabinet of Ministers meeting dedicated to the results of socioeconomic development of the last nine months of 2011. Azerbaijani President said that Azerbaijan has a principled position, which is based on historical facts and norms of the international law. The occupying forces must withdraw from the occupied territories. The international law should be the basis for resolution of the conflict. Aliyev also noted that Azerbaijan will strive to make use of every opportunity, to resolve this both in a short period of time and in a just way based on international law.
Azerbaijan becomes non-permanent UN Security Council member [ENG]
The article informs that Azerbaijan nominated its candidacy for a non-permanent UNSC member from the Eastern European group and was elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2012-2013, gaining 155 votes from the UN member countries, after Slovenia withdrew its candidacy.
Azerbaijan may raise the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the UN Security Council. In its Foreign Minister’s Elmar Mammadyarov words, this could be part of the Azerbaijan’s possible initiatives as a new non-permanent member of this organization. However, he also noted that before raising the Karabakh issue at the UN Security Council, Azerbaijan will discuss it with the US, Russia and France.
The article says that Azerbaijan insists on the withdrawal of troops from seven occupied regions to create an atmosphere of confidence between the conflict sides. At a joint press conference with his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that no one expected that such a complex problem as a territorial conflict would be resolved in one night, but the Prague process envisages phased settlement and seven occupied regions should be liberated, as Azerbaijani citizens living there are in danger.
Georgia ready to mediate Karabakh settlement [ENG]
Referring to Georgian FM Grigol Vashadze, the article says that talks in any format are better than conflict. After talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart in Baku delivering a press conference, Vashadze spoke of Georgia as a new player at the mediation table.
The article says that the main obstacle to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the lack of confidence between the parties. EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Philippe Lefort said at a press conference in Baku that EU attaches great importance to the resolution of existing conflicts in the region and will further support OSCE efforts in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution.
Armenia’s occupation of Karabakh is undeniable fact – Swedish MP [ENG]
According to the article, the Swedish Parliament and also European Parliament member Anna Ibrisagic stated that Nagorno-Karabakh is a land of Azerbaijan and it is undeniable that it has been occupied by Armenia.
‘Lack of trust’ behind failure to find Karabakh peace [ENG]
According to the article, the EU special envoy for the South Caucasus has blamed lack of trust for the failure to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Karabakh. Philippe Lefort made remarks at a press conference saying that main reason for the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the lack of mutual trust and, maybe, existence of mutual fear. However, he is hopeful that the sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would compromise and resolve the problem.
The article says that congress of Azerbaijanis in Sweden gave an extensive interview to the Swedish Public Radio about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. During the hour-long interview representatives of the Congress pointed out that Azerbaijan is determined on a peaceful resolution of the conflict, and that there is no deliberate ethnic cleansing carried out against the Armenians, as mentioned previously in a number of Swedish media.
The article says that Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Guido Westerwelle met with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian. According to the article, the sides considered bilateral and regional issues, particularly the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Westerwelle once again urged the parties to the conflict to reach a compromise, as he believes the status quo poses a significant threat for the escalation of the conflict, therefore, further measures should be urgently taken to start building confidence.
Azerbaijanis and Armenians have many to come closer [AZE]
Radio Liberty interviewed Thomas de Waal, a fellow researcher on Southern Caucasus at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. In his interview de Waal pointed the importance of people to people diplomacy as an important obstacle to solving the Karabakh conflict. According to de Waal in fact there is no bad time to people diplomacy even when the governments are at a deadlock on higher level of negotiations. This is especially the case, as the peace deal wont be just signed between the two governments but the people of the countries will also have to support this deal.
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