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US prepares to improve ties with Baku, says regional expert

A regional expert has criticized the US policy of encouraging Turkish-Armenian reconciliation at the cost of angering Azerbaijan. The US now realizes it has made a mistake and is making an effort to improve ties with Baku, says Vladimir Socor, a senior analyst for the Jamestown Foundation. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to visit Baku next week.

The U.S. policy of encouraging Turkish-Armenian reconciliation at the cost of alienating Azerbaijan is a mistake, according to an energy expert who focuses on the region. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pace President Says Upper Karabakh Dispute Should Be Resolved As Soon As Possible

The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said, “the Upper Karabakh dispute should be resolved as soon as possible. Otherwise, it could led to undesired developments.”

Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is currently in Kazakhstan to attend the “High-level Conference on Tolerance and Non-discrimination” hosted by Kazakh chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), met with Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran Opposes Any U.S. Peacekeeping Role For Karabakh

An Iranian diplomat says Tehran is strongly opposed to U.S. involvement in a multinational peacekeeping force that would be deployed around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in the event of an Armenian-Azerbaijani peace accord, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports.

Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Seyed Ali Saghaeyan issued the warning at a news conference in Yerevan on June 23.

Such a peacekeeping operation is an important element of the current and previous peace proposals made by the United States, Russian, and French mediators spearheading international efforts to settle the dispute over the breakaway Azerbaijani region. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azerbaijan threatens to pull out of Armenia peace talks

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has warned that Baku could withdraw from foreign-backed peace talks with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the state-run Azertaj news agency reported.

“Armenia in recent months has acted in a way aimed at breaking down the negotiating process. Azerbaijan must seriously consider the prospects of its participation in negotiations… We are considering different options,” Aliyev was quoted as saying Wednesday in an interview with Azerbaijani journalists during a trip this week to Istanbul. Read the rest of this entry »

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CICA and Azerbaijan

CAVID VELIYEV*

The Conference on Confidence Building Measures in Asia, or CICA, founded in 1992, has not gained a great reputation during the last 18 years, remaining largely in the shadow of alternatives such as The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or SCO, and the Collective Security Organization, or CSO. Parallel to the growth of Turkey in the sphere of international relations, the name of CICA began to be heard. It seems that, Turkey will give more importance to Asia and CICA will be the essential part of Turkey’s foreign and Asia policy. Experts who participated at a Turkish-Asian congress in June referred to CICA as “The OSCE of Asia.”

Two definitions were adopted at the event for the solution of problems within the geography of CICA: 1. Security covers not only military, but also economic, energy and environmental issues. 2. The indivisibility of security – the security of all members affects each other and thus, cooperation between member states should be increased. In light of these principles, we can analyze the security relations between CICA and Azerbaijan in two ways: 1. The security problems of Azerbaijan as a CICA member state. 2. The potential of Azerbaijan in the security of CICA. Read the rest of this entry »

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