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Armenia threatens Azerbaijan with missiles

The president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, recently threatened to unleash short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) against vibrant Azerbaijani cities, such as its capital Baku, thus turning these civilian targets, with millions of residents, into ruins. Just like what Mr. Sargsyan and his Armenian army did in 1993 to the Azerbaijani city of Aghdam and others.

In fact, these were his exact words, as reported and translated by ArmenPress, the Armenian state news agency: “the Azerbaijani leadership is well aware of the capacities and abilities of the Armenian Armed Forces. They are well aware that we have ballistic rockets, the radius of action of which exceeds 300 km and which, in a very short period of time, can turn any flourishing region into ruins, like the ruins of Agdam now.”
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Posted by admin Posted in: International Press No Comments » August 2014


Azeri-Armenian enmity and citizen diplomacy

While the war formally ended in 1994, the dispute is far from settled, with regular skirmishes on the border and several failed international mediation attempts.

Virulent anti-Armenian sentiments prevail in Azerbaijan, fuelled by state-run media. It is no different in Armenia, recently highlighted by Baku’s granting a pardon – and a hero’s welcome – to an Azerbaijani soldier who hacked to death an Armenian soldier in Budapest in 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » May 2014


Nagorno-Karabakh After Crimea: How Moscow Keeps the Conflict Alive — And What to Do About It

In early May, the Obama administration will announce a new effort to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This isn’t the first such effort, and it likely won’t be the last. But in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the United States seems more intent than ever on resolving the long-standing dispute, which Moscow has fanned to maintain its influence in the region.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan started on the eve of the Soviet breakup, as ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan’s province of Nagorno-Karabakh rallied to join Armenia. Moscow armed both sides and played them against each other, turning a local dispute over the status of a territory inhabited by 90,000 people into a regional war. For close to six years, the newly independent states of Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over the territory, leaving 30,000 dead and creating around a million new refugees. Eventually, Armenia was victorious, and it took control of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other Azerbaijani districts. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » May 2014


Armenian, Azerbaijan leaders to have first meeting in two years

The presidents of arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in Vienna Nov. 19 for the first time in two years in a bid to restart stalled negotiations over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh, mediators said. Armenia’s Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev will meet along with mediators from the Organisation for the Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group, which has been spearheading attempts to negotiate a solution to the conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press, Turkish Press No Comments » November 2013


The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Festering Sore

It is 25 years since conflict broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority region inside Azerbaijan, and 19 years since a shaky ceasefire came into effect. To much of the outside world, it is a “frozen” conflict that merits little attention. Yet as the International Crisis Group (ICG) shows in a recent briefing, the situation is much more fluid and unpredictable than that tag might suggest. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » October 2013


Turkey’s Armenian policy subcontracted to a few Armenophiles and Turcophobes?

Cengiz Aktar is incorrect and misleading on numerous points in his article (“Turkey’s Armenian policy subcontracted to Azerbaijan?” Today’s Zaman, Tuesday, March 8, 2012, p. 15).

Usage of selective facts and memories, coupled with poor knowledge of world’s history, and a liberal agenda that opposes anything remotely “nationalistic” and favors kissing up to traditionally unfriendly nations, are probably to blame for Dr. Aktar’s stance (which contravenes the position of majority of Turks, according to all polls). On a more personal level, Dr. Aktar of course blames Azerbaijan, and its people, as well as all Turkish “nationalists” – who are, apparently, some 70% of the entire nation – for the flop of his insensitive, to put it mildly, campaign “Ozur diliyoruz” in 2008.

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Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » March 2012


Turkish Parliament Issues Statement Pertaining To Khojaly Massacre

Turkish Parliamentary Foreign Relations Commission has issued on Wednesday a statement pertaining to the Khojaly massacre.

The commission unanimously decided to issue the statement, said Chairman of the Foreign Relations Commission Volkan Bozkir.

In its statement, the commission said that Khojaly was a dark page written by Armenia in history.

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Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » February 2012


France Can No More Act As A Mediator In Upper Karabakh Issue

Turkish premier has called on France to quit as a member of a group aimed at securing a settlement to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Upper Karabakh.

“France has clearly shown that it is a side [in the Upper Karabakh dispute] after adopting a law penalizing denial of Armenian allegations on Ottoman era incidents of 1915, which is why it has to step down from the Minsk Group,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an interview on the Azeri national TV network, ANS.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » February 2012


Karabakh peace conditional on ‘overthrow of Armenian regime’

An Azerbaijani official has said that progress cannot be made on a Karabakh peace deal until the “fascist regime in Armenia is overthrown”.

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov, who is also chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Committee for Refugees and Displaced Persons, made the comments on Friday during discussions of a book by the head of the Presidential Administration, Academician Ramiz Mehdiyev, “Goris 2010: Theater of the Absurd”. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Azerbaijan Press, International Press No Comments » May 2011


Russian, US, French leaders call for Karabakh peace

The presidents of Russia, France and the USA have issued a statement on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The three countries co-chair the OSCE Minsk Group, the international body seeking a settlement to the conflict.

The presidents, Dmitriy Medvedev, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama, issued the statement at the G8 summit in Normandy on Thursday, APA reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Azerbaijan Press, International Press No Comments » May 2011


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