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Azerbaijani president due in Turkey

Hurriyet

The president of Azerbaijan will visit Turkey next week upon an invitation by the Turkish president.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will pay a formal two-day visit to Turkey on November 5, and be the guest of Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul.

This will be Aliyev’s first visit to a foreign country after he was re-elected the president of Azerbaijan.

Aliyev and Gul will have a tete-a-tete meeting on November 5, and chair a meeting between Turkish and Azerbaijani delegations.

Gul will host a dinner in honor of the visiting president in the evening of November 5.

Aliyev’s visit to Turkey is important since it will take place immediately after Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev meet in the Russian capital of Moscow on November 2.

Also, Gul will fly to Azerbaijan on November 14 to participate in an energy summit in the capital Baku.

Source: arama.hurriyet.com.tr/arsivnews.aspx?id=10256104

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Top U.S. Official Says Karakbakh Deal “Possible” by Year’s End

Turkish Coalition of America

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried stated that the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan could be resolved within the next two months. Fried has recently held talks in Yerevan with President Serzh Sarkisian, Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and Armenian opposition leaders. Reportedly, the Nagorno-Karabakh issue was high on the agenda.

Fried stated in an interview to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the Georgian-Russian war had “reminded everyone how terrible war is” and that the danger of armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, despite occasional cross-border skirmishes had “somewhat receded.”

Assistant Secretary Fried also referred to the “slow incremental process” of democratization on Armenian and reportedly urged Armenian leaders to release opposition members who were arrested following the February presidential election on what the international community regards as political charges.

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Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders to meet for conflict talks: Kremlin

Hurriyet

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in Moscow next weekend to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in talks mediated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

“On November 2, 2008, in Moscow… a meeting will take place between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan with the participation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began in 1988 on Armenian territorial claims over Azerbaijan.

Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts.

Some 10 percent of the Azeri population was displaced due to a series of bloody clashes both between and within the two neighboring countries.

In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group are currently holding peaceful negotiations.  

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President of Azerbaijan: “Karabakh will never be independent, Azerbaijan will never recognize it. Neither in five, ten nor in twenty years. Never”

Today AZ

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev thanked the Azerbaijani people for his re-election during his inauguration ceremony in Baku Friday.

“I am grateful to the Azerbaijani people for voting for me. I pledge to spare no efforts for the development of the country and improvement of people’s welfare”, said I.Aliyev at the inauguration ceremony according to Interfax-Azerbaijan.

He also thanked the ruling party Yeni Azerbaijan for holding the electoral campaign. “I am also grateful to other candidates who congratulated me with the victory”, said I.Aliyev.

“I hope these elections will play a role in strengthening the election culture, bringing new traditions and after that the political struggle will be only civilian”, said Aliyev.

He noted that great progress has been recorded in all directions in Azerbaijan through the past five years. “Azerbaijan has consolidated its positions and political and economic reforms as well as the democratization process are held successfully. Today Azerbaijan has intensified its position in the world community. We base our policy on national interests, national dignity, national conscience and tolerance. All people in Azerbaijan live in conditions of peace. Civil solidarity has fully established in Azerbaijan”, said Aliyev.

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Turkey vows to help frozen conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh

Hurriyet

Turkey would make efforts to settle all frozen conflicts in its region, including the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, during its membership to the United Nations Security Council, an envoy said Tuesday.

“Turkish diplomacy has been striving for it (U.N. Security Council seat) for about five years. This is an important responsibility before the world community, which entrusted a seat on the Security Council to Turkey. Our external policy is based on peace in the entire world,” Turkey’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, Hulusi Kilic, told at a press conference. 

Turkey has become a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council for 2009-2010 by winning 151 out of 192 votes in Friday’s elections. Turkey’s term would start in Jan. 1, 2009.

Kilic said Turkey will try to assist in the resolution of all frozen conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh, on which the Security Council has adopted four resolutions, according to the Azerbaijani press.

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Top U.S. Official Says Karabakh Deal ‘Possible’ By Year’s End

A senior U.S. official has said the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave could be resolved within the next two months.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried, in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service correspondent Ruzanna Stepanian, said that “there are hard decisions that have to be made on both sides. If this conflict were easy to resolve, it would have been resolved already.”

Armenian forces seized control of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic-Armenian-populated enclave within Azerbaijan, in the early 1990s. The armed conflict claimed an estimated 25,000 lives and forced about 1 million people from their homes.

Fried noted that Yerevan and Baku were once close to reaching a peace deal in 2001 when the presidents of both countries held U.S.-mediated talks in Key West. The deal fell through in the following weeks.

The United States, France, and Russia have been attempting to negotiate a settlement of the conflict in the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group.

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Armenian Prime Minister: “US leadership has assured that the resolution of the Karabakh conflict is possible only in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group”

Trend AZ

“The US leadership has assured Armenia that the only possible format for the Karabakh conflict resolution is a negotiation process in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group”, said Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.

“Condoleezza Rice noted that she had spoken on this topic with her Russian counterparts after which she grew confident that there are positive achievements in the negotiations. She also voiced confidence that we will be able to fix a serious progress in the negotiation process after elections in Azerbaijan”, noted Sargsyan.

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OSCE representative: “Prospects for progress on Karabakh conflict appear rather limited in 2008″

Today AZ

“It is still too early to make a comprehensive assessment of the implications of the Georgian crisis for the other protracted conflicts,” said Heikki Talvitie, Special Envoy of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office.

“This year has seen positive movement in the Trans-dniestrian settlement process. The developments in Georgia have brought the issues concerning status to the fore and have infused a new sense of urgency into our efforts,” Ambassador Talvitie said in a statement published in the OSCE Magazine.

“That said prospects for progress on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict appear rather limited in 2008, an election year for both Armenia and Azerbaijan. As we gear ourselves up for Helsinki, the Finnish Chairmanship will ensure that the unresolved conflicts are kept high on the agenda. The OSCE must invest even more time, energy and effort in pursuing the settlement of the protracted conflicts and making the most of every window of opportunity that opens up. It is in the interest of the whole OSCE community to back up these efforts with steadfast commitment and political will,” he said.

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President of Azerbaijan: “Baku will continue the policy of isolating Armenia”

Today AZ

Baku will continue the policy of isolating Armenia, until the latter stops occupation of Azerbaijani lands, said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at an expanded session of the government by results of the socioeconomic development of the country within nine months of 2008.

“Until our lands are under occupation, we will continue the policy of total attack against Armenia both in the diplomatic sphere and in the political, economic, transport, military and other spheres”, said Aliyev.

“Any cooperation with Armenia and their participation in any regional project is impossible until the Karabakh conflict is settled. We will spare no efforts for the further isolation of Armenians for them to realize what their future depends on”, said the head of the state.

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Turkish President Gul to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh issue in Moscow

Hurriyet

Turkish President Abdullah Gul will discuss Nagorno-Karabakh issue during his official Moscow visit, which is scheduled in December, Armenian media reported citing an Azerbaijaini website.

During the visit the Turkish leader will discuss the perspectives of bilateral cooperation with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev, also the possible ways of peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenia’s AZG reported citing Azerbaijani website “Bakililar”.  

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

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