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Turkey’s Ambassador to Baku Hulusi Kılıç said late Thursday “We want the Nagorno-Karabakh situation to be solved right away.
We have waited 15 years, we cannot wait another 15.” During a press conference at the embassy, he pointed out he wanted the situation resolved peacefully and through international legal channels, but added: “Turkey’s stance has been clear from the beginning, the occupation must end.” Read the rest of this entry »
Turkish, Azerbaijani, and Armenian foreign ministers will meet to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in early 2009, while the agreement on the proposed Caucasus platform could also be signed in the coming year, news reports said.
Hulusi Kilic, Turkey’ Ambassador to Azerbaijan, told at a press conference in Baku late on Thursday that the diplomats from countries in the region have been holding talks to draw the draft agreement on the Caucasus Security and Cooperation Platform.
The agreement could be signed in 2009, he added, Azerbaijani news agency Day.Az reported on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »
The European Union has welcomed the Nov.2 Moscow declaration and the Dec.4 Helsinki declaration on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told an Azeri news agency on Thursday.
It has become even clearer that a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not an option after the Russia-Georgia conflict in August, Solana told the Trend News Agency.
“In this spirit, we welcomed the Moscow declaration of 2 November and the declaration of Helsinki of 4 December, as they confirmed that all sides sign up to the need for a peaceful solution. We fully support the Minsk Group and we ready to help in any way we can, for instance through confidence-building measures and people-to-people contacts,” he said.
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.
The conflict in Georgia has demonstrated the vulnerability of the region as well as the complexity of the conflicts and the high risks related to them, he added.
Regional cooperation and constructive dialogue are hence more essential than ever for the region’s stability, prosperity and progress, he said.
“In this context, we welcomed the recent signs of rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey as a basis for the normalization of bilateral relations. We strongly encourage both parties to continue this path and pursue constructive dialogue”, Solana said.
Progress in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will also facilitate the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, he said adding there is now a momentum that should not be lost.
“We actively encourage any form of regional cooperation and constructive dialogue leading to stronger ties between the countries in the region as the best way to create prosperity and stability for all. Don’t forget that the European Union is itself a very good example of regional co-operation and of how conflicts can be overcome,” he added.
Helsinki and Moscow declarations, signed by Armenian and Azerbaijani officials, called for a “peaceful resolution” to the countries’ dispute over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh on the basis of “binding international guarantees”, taking a step further towards resolution of the conflict.
It is quite obvious that despite official statements, Moscow has tried to replace the Minsk process with the Moscow process, Web site today.az quoted Frederick Starr, head of the Institute of Central Asia and Caucasus of John Hopkins University as saying yesterday
Starr referred to Russia’s recent engagement in the mediation between Azerbaijan and Armenia to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Read the rest of this entry »
Correspondent of the Yeni Musavat newspaper Zamin Hajili was beaten in front of the office of this newspaper on December 12, reports deputy editor-in-chief of the Yeni Musavat newspaper Azer Aykhan.
He said head of the Organization for Karabakh Liberation Akif aghi came to their office about 17:00 the day before and said he wanted to see their correspondent Zamin Hajili, who was not in.
“On the same day Akif Naghi and three of his pals were waiting for Zamin Hajili in front of the Yeni Musavat newspaper. Seeing the journalist come to work, Akif Naghi attacked him, started to abuse and beat him. Two of his people were holding him while Naghi was beating him. In the result of the incident Hajili had his spectacles damaged”, said Aykhan.
Deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper noted that he had filed a claim to the fifth police station of Binagadi district of Baku.
Regnum news agency has recently published a news “Ancient city of Tigranakert in Nagorno Karabakh is declared a reserve”.
In particular, according to the material, the so-called “Tigranakert”, which was allegedly revealed by Armenian archaeologists, got a status of the reserve. According to the material, this was reported during the discussion of the draft state budget of the so-called “NKR”.
The material also says that it was decided to allocate 35 mln drams from the state budget of “NKR” of 2009 for continuation of works in the city.
Day.Az has applied for comments to spokesman for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Khazar Ibrahim.
“Such actions from the side of Armenia contradict to the norms and principles of international law, the commitments, assumed by the states in the framework of international organizations, as well as documents, Armenia is a party to.
Caucasian Review of International Affairs
Between 1 November 2008 and 30 April 2009, Armenia holds the rotating presidency of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), a regional economic body. One of the many groups, clubs and forums operating on Europe’s eastern fringes, BSEC rarely gets a high profile, unlike more political-security organisations such as NATO or the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation. However, BSEC should not be dismissed out of hand – its failures and achievements mirror the wider situation in the region, and it may yet prove a useful tool in stabilising the Caucasus. The timing of the Armenian chairmanship – in the middle of an ongoing push to settle the Karabakh conflict, and whilst the region struggles to cope with the financial crisis – could have a decisive effect.
To be clear, the impact of BSEC is limited by its nature. The organisation, which is the only sub-regional organisation to unite all the states of the wider Black Sea region, aims to turn its region “into one of peace, stability and prosperity” and to promote good-neighbourliness and mutual respect. However, its scope is restricted to trade, transport and economic co-operation, notwithstanding some limited work on combating crime and trans-border smuggling. In particular, BSEC acknowledges the oil and gas riches of the region (specifically, Caspian energy flows from and through Azerbaijan), and views this hydrocarbon wealth as a priority area of its activities, especially when it comes to dealing with the EU.
Spokesman for Armenian President: “There is no definite agreement about the next meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan”
“No agreements have yet been reached about the next meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, terms and site of its holding”, said spokesman for Armenian President Samwell Farmanyan, answering the question whether the statement of chief of department of external ties of the Azerbaijani presidential administration Novruz Mamedov that there is a plan to hold a meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan is real.
“There is no agreement about the next meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the date and the place of its conduction, though the possibility of such a meeting is not ruled out”, said the spokesman for the Armenian President.
After a long interval Radio Liberty opened its correspondent point in Nagorno Karabakh, reports Kavkazskiy uzel with reference to chief of information department of the Foreign Ministry of the so-called “NKR” Marcell Petrosyan.
”We can only welcome the fact that after a long term interval Radio Liberty again has its correspondent in Nagorno Karabakh. Recognizing the supremacy of democratic values, we respect the right for freedom of speech and information. It seems that different things occur in Azerbaijan, where the powers intend to close the correspond points of Radio Liberty, Voice of America and BBC”, said Marcel Petrosyan.
“Unlike Azerbaijan, we have nothing to conceal and we would be glad if more countries and people learn about us”, said Petrosyan. Read the rest of this entry »
Lorens Schitz: “It would be naive to think that Russia does not want to dislocate its peacekeepers in the region”
Day.Az interview with Lorens Schitz, director of the program of the International crisis group on the Caucasus.
- In Moscow, on November 2, Ilham Aliyev, Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitri Medvedev signed a Declaration on regulating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Though, document is considered differently by Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. So, what is your analysis of the Moscow Declaration? In your opinion, which way of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement can be seriously considered now? Let’s assume that Russia is sincere in her efforts, then how can you explain Moscow’s haste?
- The Karabakh conflict continues can be solved given sufficient political will in both Azerbaijan and Armenia, and good-faith efforts of the current mediating parties to help the sides realize that difficult compromises are necessary on all sides to achieve a solution. The Moscow declaration, while rather general on content, was nonetheless an opportunity for the sides to meet face to face. This can only be welcomed. As to Moscow’s motivations, it is not uncharacteristic for various mediators in any armed conflict to attempt to at one time or another to demonstrate their activism, both for domestic political reasons as well as to show the effectiveness of their efforts at international diplomacy. This is a rather natural result of diplomatic efforts to end such conflicts, and as such is not confined solely to the political culture of the Russian Federation or other regional or world actors.