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It is impossible for the Nabucco pipeline, which is planned to transfer natural gas from Azerbaijan and Central Asia to Europe, to pass through Armenia, an Azerbaijani news agency quoted an official as saying.
The route of the planned pipeline has already been determined, Ali Hasanov, the head of the Public Policy Department of the President’s office, was quoted by APA as saying.
“The Azerbaijani government has not received any proposal on changing the Nabucco gas pipeline project”, he said, referring to the reports, which claimed the Nabucco pipeline would pass within Armenia’s borders.
The The 3,300-kilometer pipeline is due to bring 30 billion cubic metres of Caspian or Middle Eastern gas annually from Turkey to an Austrian gas hub via Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.
The United States will work harder to help settle a 20-year territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, a U.S. diplomat said Thursday.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza, visiting Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Thursday, said it was more important than ever now to resolve the Nagorno-Kaeabakh dispute, after Russia’s war last month with Georgia.
“The recent events in Georgia underscore the importance of a timely resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” said Bryza, who has been the chief U.S. mediator to end the conflict in the region.
“This is well understood in Washington and is the reason for my visit this week,” he was quoted by the AP as saying.
Bryza told a news conference that “the United States strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
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Following his visit to Armenia and Azerbaijan last week, Turkish President Abdullah Gul stated that he “observed the same sincere desire for a solution” for the Karabakh conflict in both Yerevan and Baku.
“In Azerbaijan I saw the same frank, honest and sincere desire for a solution and respect to opponent that I observed in Armenia earlier. There is a significant opportunity to resolve a long-standing problem. We need to seize this opportunity. Also, everyone is aware that if a solution is reached, it paves the way for cooperation in the region,” Gul told reporters after his return from Azerbaijan where he met the President Ilham Aliyev.
According to news reports, President Gul stated that Armenia had the will to withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories in case of a final agreement between the two countries. “My talks with Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents revealed the need for exchange of views between the two countries on bilateral, regional and international developments. Turkey and Azerbaijan have always advocated that the regional problems should be resolved through peaceful and diplomatic ways,” he said.
Turkey’s president said Wednesday Armenia had changed its approach and opportunities had emerged to solve the long-standing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Turkey’s foreign minister held a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart who extended her support to Turkey’s initiatives.
Gul told reporters in Ankara following his visits to both Yerevan and Baku he observed the same honest and sincere desire for a solution both in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“In Azerbaijan I saw the same frank, honest and sincere desire for a solution and respect to opponent that I observed in Armenia earlier. There is a significant opportunity to resolve a long-standing problem. We need to seize this opportunity. Also, everyone is aware that if a solution is reached, it paves the way for cooperation in the region,” he said after his return from Azerbaijan where he met the President Ilham Aliyev.
Gul’s Azerbaijan visit came a while after his landmark visit to Yerevan. Azerbaijan and Armenia have no diplomatic relations due to Yerevan’s invasion of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory.
The Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers have agreed to normalize bilateral relations during a late-night meeting held in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, after the Turkish president’s landmark visit, Hurriyet daily wrote on Monday.
Armenia’s Eduard Nalbandian and Turkey’s Ali Babacan have agreed on several issues; including the opening of closed borders, the establishment of diplomatic relations and entering a normalization process, in Saturday night’s meeting, Hurriyet reported.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul paid a landmark visit to Yerevan after Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan invited him to watch a 2010 World Cup qualifying match between the two countries’ national teams. A Turkish delegation, including Babacan, accompanied Gul during his historical visit.
Turkey is among the first countries that recognized Armenia when it declared its independency in the early 1990s. However there is no diplomatic relations between two countries, as Armenia presses the international community to admit the so-called “genocide” claims instead of accepting Turkey’s call to investigate the allegations, and its invasion of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory despite U.N. Security Council resolutions on the issue.
Fatih Cekirge, Hurriyet
After the history packed with murders, assassinations, attacks, hate, closed borders, invasions, and claims of genocide… This was the first time that a president of the Turkish Republic has paid a visit to Armenia. Since this was a historic visit, I allocate my entire column to this visit I paid together with President Abdullah Gul.
This was the atmosphere just after the match… The two presidents are having a conversation, and we are listening to them. Jokes are being made. The Armenians had prepared a very nice open buffet. There was no sign of victory or defeat on their faces. Gul turns to Sargsyan and says:
-I will visit Azerbaijan after my visit here. I hope positive developments will emerge…
- Of course… We are ready.
This is very important because Sargsyan clearly states, “We want the borders open with Turkey. We want a solution to problems.”
The United States supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Dick Cheney, the United States Vice President, said at the meeting with the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
US support the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the territorial integrity and international laws. Today, solution of the conflict is relevant, as stability and peace in the region and security in Azerbaijan depends on the solution of the challenge,” Cheney said.
Azerbaijani President stated at the meeting that the United States being the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group plays an important role to find ways to settle the conflict.
Mubariz Ahmedoghlu: “Stability in the South Caucasus is impossible unless the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is settled”
Currently, the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is the most easily settled in the region, said head of the center of political innovations and technologies Mubariz Ahmedoghlu at a press conference on the political results of August.
He noted that Armenians always said that Nagorno Karabakh is a formation, which is the most prepared to independence among all the self-declared republics.
“However, the Kosovo issue emerged following Nagorno Karabakh, but this region has also been recognized, while Armenia, fearing Russia and drawing parallels with Kosovo, did not dare to recognize independence of the so called “Nagorno Karabakh Republic”. Then Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia but this time Armenia again did not recognize independence of Nagorno Karabakh, unwilling to put “Nagorno Karabakh Republic” on the list of these separatist formations”, said the political scientist.
He considers that all these moments allow Azerbaijan to settle the conflict easily.
Paata Davitaya: “Armenia has largely intensified its actions for recognition of independence of Nagorno Karabakh”
Azerbaijan should realize that great shocks are expected in the whole South Caucasus region, said chairman of the Mi sami political movement Paata Davitaya.
He said we have already witnessed that Russia stimulated separatist moods in our region, recognizing independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
“We see, however, the first signs of how Russian leadership’s mistakes get back to Russia – owner of opposition website Ingushetiya.ru Magomed Evloyev was killed in Ingushetiya, which created a criticism towards Russia by US Department of State, sharply worsened the situation in Ingushetia, whose public has already declared the intention to separate from Russia”.
According to Davitaya, the Armenian leadership has intensified its actions on recognition of Nagorno Karabakh’s independence.
Alovsat Aliyev: “Armenians use any falsifications by means of which they try to increase the number of the citizens of Armenia and “Nagorno Karabakh Republic”
The leadership of Azerbaijan should draw attention of the world society to facts of issuance of passports, which fix “Nagorno Karabakh Republic” as a country of residence to the citizens of different countries, especially, Iran, said head of the Azerbaijani Center of Legal Protection of Migrants Alovsat Aliyev.
He said there is a European convention “On citizenship” under which any state, along with providing refuge, may also provide citizenship of their country to a citizen of other state.
“But Nagorno Karabakh has no right to present citizenship, as it is an Armenian-occupied territory of Azerbaijan, which means that the passports of this formation are illegal documents.