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Today.AZ , Anar Mamedkhanov, Milli Medjlis deputy of Azerbaijan
After adoption of the Moscow declaration between the Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, it was interesting for me to see how Armenian side would behave. I would say more, if someone has not noticed, Day.Az on these first days acted by the principle “do not cause a damage” and did not comment on this declaration and just stated the adoption, fairly supposing that the signatures of the three Presidents are a definite breakthrough and it should be captured and further steps should be taken.
As is said, music played not for long. Armenian side immediately ruined everything, that could give at least a small hope for peace, by its numerous comments and statements almost in the first hours of the signing. People, who have sunk into oblivion and sometimes even not familiar to anyone except for their psychiatrists, were used by Armenian and pro-Armenian mass medias.
The Karabakh conflict is the main military threat for Armenia, said defense minister of the country Seyran Ohanyan, speaking at the 7th Yerevan seminar on the program of Black Sea security of the Harward university.
”The Karabakh conflict and absence of mutually coordinated political and legal basis for the resolution of confrontation between the conflict parties is a main military threat for Armenia”, noted the Minister.
He said that Azerbaijan’s policy, aimed at mobilization and arms race, inclination towards the military supremacy over Armenia and resolution of the Karabakh conflict in their interests with the use of military powers creates the biggest concern.
Turkish, Azeri and Armenian ministers would come together during a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Helsinki between Dec. 4-5 to discuss the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Hurriyet daily reported on Wednesday.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian decided to continue the trilateral process which began in New York in September, with another trilateral meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, Hurriyet wrote.
Babacan, Nalbandian and Azerbaijan’ Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov held a trilateral meeting in New York in September, and discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Babacan confirmed late on Tuesday the decision made during his meeting with Nalbandian, saying Turkish, Azeri and Armenian ministers might come together during a meeting of the OSCE next week in Helsinki.
The book “Karabakh – memory of heritage” has been published by initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan.
Day.Az reports with reference to the press service for the Ministry that the book has about 300 color photos of monuments in Karabakh. All memorials, photos, which are present in the book, are currently on the lands, occupied by Armenia.
The edition, along with architectural monuments, also has photos of archeaological objects, as well as articles, speaking of each memorial. Definite regions, where the memorials locate, are also fixed.
The book is published in Azerbaijani and English languages. Read the rest of this entry »
“NKR” defense army did not have even wounded during the clashes with the Azerbaijani diversion group”, said spokesman for the Defense army of the self-declared “Nagorno Karabakh” Senor Asratyan, commenting on the statement of spokesman for Azerbaijani Defense Ministry Eldar Sabiroghlu about the death of two soldiers from the Karabakhi side during a fire exchange on the night of November 16.
Asratyan also refuted the statement of spokesman of the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan that presently the Azerbaijani servicemen are trying to take the body of the deceased soldier out of the Karabakhi territory.
He noted that there is a definite procedure for return of the bodies of the killed soldiers and the Azerbaijani side may appeal to the due international structures when necessary.
On November 17, Day.Az with reference to Novosti-Armenia posted extracts from announcements of two co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno Karabakh – Bernard Fassier (France) and Matthew Bryza (United States).
In particular, the French co-chair said that “currently, the security of Karabakh people is ensured by Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia, on par with strong confrontation from the side of Azerbaijan. In the future there is a plan to form complex measures to ensure security of people of Karabakh and international guarantees under Azerbaijan’s consent. In case there is an adequate replacement, including international guarantees of security of the Karabakh people, the lands can be returned”.
In turn US co-chair Matthew Bryza announced that “the Karabakh people must be secured from physical and economic pressures, which does not however envision demilitarization of the region”.
At the same time, the co-chairs noted that “the opinion of the Karabakh people regarding such approaches has not been learned yet and it is early to speak of their positions”.
Elmar Mamedyarov: “The resolution of the conflict meets the interests of both Azerbaijan and Armenia and perhaps, for Armenia it is even profitable than for Azerbaijan”
Today there is a good legal and mediatory basis for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov in his interview to Armenian Mediamax news agency commenting on the statement of US co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza, who considers that the basic principles of the conflict resolution can be coordinated by the end of this year or in early next year.
He said that the recently signed Moscow declaration is a kind of a road map, demonstrating the will of the conflict parties to move forward, which is proven by the signatures of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia.
“In other words, it can be said that there has been created a basis to attain breakthrough at the talks and it should be used”, said the Minister.
Bernard Fassier: “It is necessary to ensure the right of Karabakh people for safe life in Nagorno Karabakh”
“Currently, the security of the Karabakh people is ensured both by Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia, on par with a strong resistance from the Azerbaijani side”, said French co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group on the Karabakh conflict settlement Bernard Fassier.
”In the future there is a plan to form complex measures to ensure security of the Karabakh people and international guarantees under consent of Azerbaijan regarding these issues”, Fassier said at a press conference on Monday.
The US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza noted in turn that the co-chairs have never stated the need to demilitarize the region.
“The Nagorno Karabakh people must be secured from physical influence and economic pressure, which does not mean demilitarization”, said Bryza.
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: “Two Armenian soldiers and one Azerbaijani serviceman died during the fight”
There occurred a clash between the Azerbaijani and Armenian soldiers on the night of Sunday.
Azerbaijani army soldier Orkhan Shamilov died in the result of fire at Azerbaijani positions by Armenians, locating in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan, said spokesman for Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan Eldar Sabiroghlu.
He noted that Shamilov, being on the army duty, tried to silence the enemy.
By the information, in several minutes of fire exchange, Shamilov, continuing the fire, raised on attack. In the result, he managed to terminate two soldiers. Shamilov died.
The enemy managed to take the killed soldiers from the fire exchange zone, while Shamilov’s body was left near positions of the Armenian armed forces and the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan tries to get him out of there.
At the same time, Sabiroghlu refuted information of Armenian mass medias that Azerbaijani army divisions tried to cross the contact line and noted that the armed incident occurred for the reason of the violation of ceasefire regime by the Armenian side.
Shamilov was notably born in 1988 and was recruited by the military enlistment office of Terter in April of 2008.
The U.S. said the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia can be solved in 2009 as all parties aware it should be settled.
“I think they (the prospects) have improved as all parties are aware that the conflict should be settled and that this conflict requires attention,” Matt Bryza, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, told Today.Az in an interview.
Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts, displacing 10 percent of the Azeri population in the series of bloody clashes both between and within the two neighboring countries.
“Yeah, I even hope that it will happen next year,” Bryza said when asked about the prospects of the settlement of the long-standing conflict.
Bryza, who is the co-chair of OSCE’s Minsk Group established to mediate between the parties, would travel Yerevan to hold talks with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.