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#81 Yervant1

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 10:14 AM

Slovak lawmaker says he will keep supporting Armenians in Armenia's
dispute with Turkey and Azerbaijan

by Marianna Mkrtchyan
Thursday, February 4, 11:44


L'ubos Blaha, a member of the Slovak Delegation to PACE, says on his
Facebook page that he will keep supporting Armenians in Armenia's
dispute with Turkey and Azerbaijan, because it is the Armenians that
deserve support.

Blaha points out that he has recently received a letter from Armenia's
ambassador to Slovakia, who wrote that due to the Slovak Delegation's
resolute support in PACE, the anti- Armenian report on "Escalation of
violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of
Azerbaijan" by British former PACE member Robert Walter was rejected.
In his letter, the Armenian ambassador expressed his profound
gratitude to Blaha and the other members of the Slovak Delegation for
supporting the stand of the OSCE Minsk Group and Armenia on that
matter. He stresses that the Slovak Delegation's votes significantly
contributed to the continuation of the Karabakh peace process based on
the Madrid Principles (2007).

Blaha, in turn, thanks the Armenian ambassador for the warm words and
assures that he personally always supports the side of truth and
peace.

To recall, on January 26, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe (PACE) adopted the document based on the report "The
inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately
deprived of water" by Milica Markovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

At the same time, PACE voted not to adopt a resolution on "Escalation
of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of
Azerbaijan" based on a report by British former PACE member Robert
Walter. The report was presented by Mogens Jensen, as Robert Walter is
no longer a PACE member.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 11:47 AM

Aliyev Sets Out for His Last Battle

Hakob Badalyan, Political Commentator
Comments - 02 February 2016, 00:53


Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev has criticized the OSCE Minsk
Group, blaming them for their attempt to freeze the conflict of
Artsakh. `Who the hell they think they are?' Aliyev said. He also
announced that Azerbaijan did not sign the Association Agreement with
the European Union because it was missing a `fair' stance on the
Artsakh issue.

With this statement the Azerbaijani president is actually dismissing
the Armenian media reports and expert opinions two years ago that the
EU put forth dangerous requirements relating to Artsakh. The Russian
propaganda and its Armenian satellites were trying to make this
circumstance one of the `arguments' of the argumentless campaign
against the prospect of association with Europe.

Aliyev's statement is evidence that this `argument' was a lie because
the EU could not put forth an unacceptable and `unfair' requirement to
Yerevan or Baku in regard to Artsakh. And if Baku is disappointed, it
means that at least Yerevan has not encountered requirements which
would cause dissatisfaction.

For its part, this means that this `aspect' of the propaganda against
the association of Armenia with Europe served the interests of Baku,
not Armenia.

On the whole, Aliyev's statement on the Minsk Group co-chairmanship is
evidence that it is preparing for the last battle. The complicated
geopolitical situation of Azerbaijan is coupled with serious economic
problems which shake Aliyev's government, even his peace of mind, as
he had confessed in Davos, saying that the oil prices exhaust him
psychologically.

Aliyev is exhausted by not only the low oil prices. They simply make
the situation in which Baku has appeared in the result of more
large-scale political processes more sensitive. Oil was the
tranquilizer the effect of which withers together with the prices.

After the Russian-Turkish row Aliyev appeared in a complicated
situation, losing the status of a platform for the Russian-Turkish
alliance. His effort to become a platform for reconciliation seems to
fail because the Russian government has serious problems because of
which Russia's Caucasian policy will have to be revised, and will
transform from a factor of Turkish factor of war blackmail to a
Euro-Atlantic factor of security and stability.

At least, the lack of an alternative is becoming increasingly obvious
for Moscow: either it has to be part of the Caucasian component of the
international security system or to rid of its ambition for a
political-military role in the Caucasus.

It is not accidental that Azerbaijan actually gives up on the game
with Russia over the European Union and is trying to offer a game to
the EU, hinting that Baku is ready if there is a fair approach to the
issue of Artsakh.

At the same time, Baku considers the Minsk Group to be an obstacle to
this prospect, openly stating that it hinders Baku's game with Europe.

The president of Azerbaijan has an invitation from the United States
where the Nuclear Security Summit will be held on March 31 and April
1. In addition, Baku was trying to present this invitation as a
tendency of warming relations with the West. Later, however, Aliyev
apparently realized that the invitation may have a very specific
purpose, and the United States which promotes the only substantial
component in the Artsakh issue which proposes the introduction of
investigations is inviting Aliyev to lift the weight.

This is the reason why the Azerbaijani president is blaming the OSCE
Minsk Group because the introduction of the mechanism of investigation
has this purpose in a long term. In addition, the point is not only
freezing but a deep change of the situation, including change of the
Caucasian security system.

Aliyev's speech against the Minsk Group co-chairs is a call for battle
and he thus indicates that he will fight all the way through. Aliyev
has no other way, of course. Only in this case the problem is why he
is preparing for his last battle: for Artsakh, or his power or rather
for not ending up like the famous leaders of the Arab world.

After all, he can see how Putin is treated. He has actually been
placed out of law, and in such a situation it is quite realistic that
Aliyev may be put `out of life'. He actually starts a fight for life.

Of course, this does not mean that Aliyev will leave the Armenian
soldiers alone. Judging by the ongoing processes, it is possible but
not guaranteed. After all, one should not forget that Aliyev is not
only weak but also psychologically exhausted, as he confessed in
Davos.

And this means that aside from the opportunity that Azerbaijan's
weakening is for Armenia, another danger arises ` the danger of
anarchy in Azerbaijan as Aliyev's team may start fighting for their
lives, and unpredictable sabotages may take place under the name of
the exhausted leader, including sabotages on the Armenian-Azerbaijani
border.

This means that as the internal and external problems of Azerbaijan
get deeper, the more alert Armenia and Artsakh need to be.
Strengthening Azerbaijan is a long-term risk, weakening Azerbaijan is
a danger in a short-term perspective.


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 11:34 AM

Only a subhuman azeries would kill a defenceless Sheppard!

ARMENIAN SHEPHERD KILLED IN AZERI FIRING

12:27, 12 Feb 2016
Siranush Ghazanchyan

Armenian shepherd Hakob Hambartsumyan, born in 1962, was killed as a
result of firing from the Azerbaijani side from Istiglal anti-materiel
rifle, the NKR Ministry of Defense reports.

Probe into the details of the case is under way.

The Ministry dismissed the reports of the Azeri side claiming that
the Aremnain forces undertook acts of sabotage at different sectors
of the line of contact and retreated, incurring 5-7 losses.

"The report is simple propaganda, and has nothing to do with reality,"
the Ministry said.

The Defense Ministry reported growth of tension at the line of contact
last night.

The rival used artillery weapons of different caliber, also as 60
mm mortars, RPG-7, HAN-17, HHN-9 and GP-25 grenades as it fired more
than 4,500 shots from weapons of different caliber in the direction
of the Armenian positions.

The front divisions of the NKR Defense Army took retaliatory measures
to pressure the activeness of the rival.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 10:28 AM

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SWEDISH-ARMENIANS GREET AZERBAIJANI PROTESTORS WITH NAGORNO-KARABAKH FLAGS

17:00 â~@¢ 22.02.16

Swedish-Armenian activists made a surprise for Azerbaijanis protestors
outside the Armenian Embassy in Stockholm, greeting them with flags
of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

The crowd was informed of the public event in advance.

Shortly after the unexpected move, the demonstration, which had
attracted very few people, split apart.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 10:33 AM

The Sunday Times: British special forces carried out secret trainings
in Azerbaijan

SOCIETY 19:21 21/10/2013


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office paid for the SAS to train
Azerbaijan's special forces in an effort to gain influence with the
hardline ex-Soviet regime, the British Sunday Times writes.

According to a leaked document seen by The Sunday Times, members of
the UK's elite fighting force taught their counterparts sniper skills
and how to storm buildings as part of a six-week training mission.

`The paper says one of the aims of the deployment in 2006 ' codenamed
Operation Lanark ' was to `enhance' the FCO's standing in the central
Asian republic,' the article reads.

The article notes that western politicians have long been keen to
court Azerbaijan and Ilham Aliyev, its president, because of the vast
oil and gas reserves beneath the Caspian Sea.

`But human rights groups have accused Aliyev's government of seeking
to silence opposition by arresting and imprisoning dozens of political
activists on bogus charges,' The Sunday Times reports.

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 10:24 AM

STOCKHOLM: SWEDISH ARMENIAN COMMUNITY INTERRUPTS AZERBAIJANI CAMPAIGN WITH NKR FLAGS

POLITICS 16:40 22/02/2016 WORLD

Swedish Azerbaijanis Congress held a protest in front of the Armenian
Embassy in Stockholm on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of
Aghdam events. According to the Azerbaijani media, it was the first
demonstration held in front of the building of the Armenian Embassy
in that country.

However, the photos circulated evidence a small number of participants
of the protest, as well as a lack of interest of the passers-by in
the Azerbaijani campaign. This is not surprising, as the event was
held at the weekend.

In addition, the Azerbaijani media attempted to hide a crucial
circumstance - a large number of representatives of the Armenian
community in Sweden - aware of the Azerbaijanis' campaign in advance
- met the picketers with scores of flags of the Nagorno Karabakh
Republic. As a result, the campaign undertaken by the Azerbaijani side,
soon finished.

On February 26, 1992, during the Karabakh war, around 200 to 300 people
(according to Human Rights Watch, and 600 according to the version
propagated by Azerbaijan) were killed in unknown circumstances near
the city of Aghdam. They were deliberately withheld by the Azerbaijani
authorities in the midst of the military actions. The authorities
of Azerbaijan intentionally kept the population in the village for
months by force and did not evacuate them in order to use them as
human shields later as the village was one of the firing points for
shooting at the blockaded Stepanakert (among five others).

The residents of Khojalu, coming out through the humanitarian corridor
the self-defense forces of the NKR had left open, freely passed more
than 10 km and reached the Aghdam city controlled by the Azerbaijani
troops. Later, dead bodies of the villagers were found not far from
the positions of Azerbaijani troops. The exact death toll remains
unknown as the official Baku publishes data contradicting each other.

Parliamentary Commission investigating the tragic death of the
civilians at Aghdam city was dissolved by the order of Heydar Aliyev,
the investigative materials are kept secret.

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 10:56 AM

"JEWS HAVE NOT FACED SUCH XENOPHOBIC PROPAGANDA": ARMENOPHOBIA IN AZERBAIJAN

POLITICS 17:21 25/02/2016

The English version of the book "Armenophobia in Azerbaijan"
was published. The main aim is to inform wider circles about the
Armenophobic phenomena going on in Azerbaijan. PhD in Political
Sciences Anzhela Elibegova, the co-author of the book, who specialises
in geopolitics of the South Caucasus, told the journalists that the
Russian-language version of the book had been published in 2013. The
response to the book was quite interesting, Elibegova said. The book
has not been criticised at all, as the Azerbaijanis have confessed
themselves that they have not read it.

The book is based on a study of Azerbaijani children's and educational
literature, fiction, and the statements made by officials.

"We have compiled the book by studying the statements made on the
official level, the Azerbaijani media, the websites, and the displays
of Armenophobia spreading inside the society. We have collected
this all and analysed. We are still continuing to collect data,"
Elibegova said.

Armine Adibekyan, the co-author of the book, who heads Xenophobia
Prevention Initiative NGO, informed about the website of the book,
where the users can access Azerbaijani officials' statements left
out of the book. "Had we included everything, it would become an
over-20-volume research," she said.

"Armenophobia in Azerbaijan" was published with the support of the
Information and Public Relations Centre of the Administration of the
President of the Republic of Armenia. Copies of the book have been
handed to the Foreign and Diaspora Ministries, which will forward it
to various international entities in their turn.

The new and refreshed version of the website xocali.net , as well as
the English version of the website azerichild.info were also presented
to the journalists.

Adibekyan said the falsified materials, which the Azerbaijani
propaganda machine uses to spread misleading information, are available
on xocali.net. "The lists presented contradict each other.

The interviews and statements made in 1992 claim one thing, while those
made today another. The events are presented in a totally altered way,
we can observe serious differences," she pointed out.

According to Samvel Martirosyan, specialist of information security,
the English version of xocali.net has been significantly enriched
and more proofs about forgeries have been added.

"The propaganda machine of Azerbaijan has developed the topic of
Khojaly alone for long years, as Armenia did not address it on the
state level. Actually, Azerbaijan has long had a chance to introduce
its own version without any counteraction, issuing an enormous number
of falsifications," Martirosyan highlighted.

The English version of azerichild.info presents Armenophobic examples
of children's educational literature and methodology, where the
Armenians are introduced as monsters, Adibekyan said.

"The website had only Russian version at the beginning because we
were translating the materials from Azerbaijani. Today, it is also
available in English enabling more people to realise who we deal with."

PhD in Psychological sciences Izabella Ghazaryan said a three-year-old
child is taught that the Armenians are evil spirits. Growing up in
this atmosphere, they perceive an Armenian as an evil spirit rather
than a human being.

"They get to know the world in a distorted way. The perception of the
world is formed before a child reaches the age of 12. The Azerbaijani
children perceive a world where the Armenian is an evil spirit,"
the psychologist noted.

Karen Vrtanesyan, a military expert, said the recent decades have
seen establishment of a situation, where the Armenians are considered
guilty of everything bad in Azerbaijan as a result of the propaganda
carried out by Azerbaijan's government.

"The propaganda has reached to a point where we can say even the Jews
in Nazi Germany did not face such xenophobic propaganda as it is in
Azerbaijan now," he stressed.

When asked whether the initiatives of the kind will be ongoing, Armine
Adibekyan said, "Azerbaijan does not give us the chance to stop. They
always provide us with materials which need to be analysed. We will
not remain jobless as long as Azerbaijan is standing on this ground."

She also added that new projects are being worked on. They have
particularly compiled a rich informational database about Azerbaijan's
caviar diplomacy.

According to her, international entities are well aware of what kind of
generation is growing up in Azerbaijan, as well as of the Armenophobic
phenomena displayed there. She said it is because of the politics that
nothing is done about that. "I do not expect any significant change,"
Adibekyan said.

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 10:58 AM

WHY BAKU LOSES INFORMATION WARFARE TO YEREVAN, AZERBAIJANI EXPERT EXPLAINS

POLITICS 16:25 24/02/2016 REGION

In "simple indicators," Azerbaijan actually loses the information
warfare against Armenia. Most of the articles covering Azerbaijan and
the 'existing conflict' are of analytical nature, PhD of Political
Science Asif Usulbaliyev writes for Echo.az.

Analysing Azerbaijan's positions in the information warfare, the expert
writes that the above-mentioned first refers to the respected scholars,
whose opinion is heeded by both internal and external audience.

As the Azerbaijani propagandists' "abilities" regard, the author
questions their professionalism, noting that an information warfare -
a battle of strategists and analysts - "presupposes a necessity of
strategic workouts and a conduct of a constant intellectual pressing,"
something Azerbaijan lacks, according to the article.

"Here, the battle is conducted with arguments, reasoning, convictions
and analytical logic rather than with facts (which can be easily made
up)," Usulbaliyev writes.

Describing the mechanism of the propaganda conducted by Azerbaijan,
the author highlights "political analysts' banal comments," "reasoning
and argumentation, which repeat themselves," becoming "predictable"
for the Armenian side and granting them advantage.

"I must confess that the monotony and homogeneousness of everything
going on around the process of the conflict settlement sometimes
depresses, to put it mildly," the expert writes.

He also makes a subtle hint on a remarkable peculiarity of how the
Azerbaijani side conducts and perceives the 'analytical warfare' -
the quantity is understood as an indicator of quality. Meanwhile,
on the contrary, 'the flow of the uncontrolled and uncoordinated
information may result in an adverse effect.'

Summing up, the author notes that the information directed
exceptionally at the internal public is of no use at least because
such information is insipid in the context of international relations.

As for start of a 'physical war,' Usulbaliyev believes that a war
cannot be considered an optimal method to resolve the conflict.

Moreover, the analyst confesses that the physical war will not solve
Azerbaijan's vital problems in foreign policy and in the region.

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 10:32 AM

Dutch Armenians commemorate Sumgait pogroms

13:28, 27.02.2016


Events, which were devoted to the 28th anniversary of the Armenian
pogroms in the Azerbaijani town of Sumgait, were held Friday in the
Hague, the Netherlands.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenian informed Armenian
News-NEWS.am that collaborating Dutch Armenian organizations submitted
a petition to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders.

In the petition, they urged the condemnation of the Armenian massacres
that were carried out in Azerbaijan 28 years ago, and the making of
efforts toward stopping Azerbaijan's ongoing aggression against
Nagorno-Karabakh and its ceasefire violations and acts of sabotage.

Also, the demonstrators marched toward the Azerbaijani embassy in the
Netherlands.

The speakers at the rally outside the embassy condemned the
anti-Armenian policy of the Azerbaijani authorities, called on the
Azerbaijani youth to stand up to change their country's warlike
demeanor, and demanded an end to Azerbaijan's continuing aggression
against Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 10:34 AM

Sumgait massacres is a crime against Armenians carefully planned and
organized by Azerbaijani authorities

16:36, 27 February, 2016


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 27, ARMENPRESS. Azerbaijan reacted to peaceful
activities of Nagorno Karabakh people's independence aspirations by
the massacre of Armenians living in Sumgait. According to the official
data of former USSR, 27 people were killed during the days prior and
after February 27, but in reality this figure goes higher than 100.

`Armenpress' has referred many times to this crime condemned by the
Republic of Armenia. The entire post-Sumgait politics and propaganda
prove that Sumgait massacres is a crime against Armenians carefully
planned and organized by Azerbaijani authorities. Immediately after
the crime was perpetuated, the continuation of that policy took place
in the form of hiding the tracks of the state-organized crime of
Sumgait, glorification of the Sumgait murderers, and developments in
Kirovabad, where the re-occurrence of Sumgait was hampered only due to
organization of self-defense by Armenians, Baku genocide, military
interference in Artsakh and other things. The continuation of this
kind of dementation led to the glorification of mentally handicapped
Safarov (he killed a sleeping Armenian officer with an axe in Budapest
in 2002) and the mass killing of Armenian prisoners of war and
captives.

What else does the global community need in order to realize that all
the attempts of Baku, trying to demonstrate itself as the bearer of
such values as `tolerance' or `multiculturalism', to distort the
reality about Sumgait are useless, as they themselves confirm the
truth every day, every hour and on different levels, even on the top
level.

That troth has been also confirmed on a global level. Here are a
number of examples.

George Soros. `Local mafia headed by Heydar Aliyev instigated the
first Armenian massacres in Azerbaijan in order to create hardships
for Mikhail Gorbachev'.

Andrei Konchalovsky: The documentary film `Burden of power. Heydar
Aliyev' made in 2003 at Azerbaijan's request: `Bloodshed in
Azerbaijan's industrial center Sumgait, where over 100 Armenians were
killed overnight, was the response to Karabakh tragedy'.

V. Reva ` member of the group of the USSR Prosecutor's Office
investigating the Sumgait crimes: `In fact, what happened in Sumgait
was genocide. People were killed there for their ethnic belonging'.

Academician Andrei Sakharov, Nobel Laureate: `If prior to Sumgait
incidents some might doubt, after that tragedy no one had the morality
to insist on keeping Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Region (NKAR) within
Azerbaijan'.

USSR Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov: `The breasts of two women were cut
off, the skins were rended¦ Cadets seeing the corpses of Armenians
fainted'.

Alexander Lebed: `Sumgait smelled by medieval sadism, brutal,
inhumane cruelty often mixed with stupidity¦'

`20th century and the world', conference, Moscow, 1988, N12. `An
example of genocide (defined as operations directed against entirely
or partially against a nation, ethnic, racial or religious group aimed
at its elimination) was the Armenian massacres in Sumgait'.

Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan SSR, 1988. `Those to blame for
inciting massacres in Sumgait carry deputy mandates in their pockets
and are sitting in the Majlis', (2003).

Mass slaughter of civilians, accompanied by unprecedented brutality
and plunder, in the `international' city of Azerbaijan SSR was carried
out by the Azerbaijani authorities during the period of February
26-29, 1988, due to the inaction of USSR leadership. Armenian
massacres of Sumgait had been carefully organized. The leadership of
the city openly called on violence against Armenians during the
February 26 assemblies. The February 27 assembles turned into actions
of violence with the participation of hundreds of murderers. Armed
with axes, knives and bottles filled with petrol, the murderers,
already possessing the list of the addresses of Armenians, broke into
the houses of Armenians, killed them and looted. They often took
people outside to mock them publicly. After abusing and mocking them,
they poured petrol and burned alive.

On February 29, troops entered Sumgait, but without an order of
interference. Only in the evening, when the mob started to attack the
Soviet troops, the units launched decisive actions.

The exact number of Sumgait victims is not known up till now. 27
people were killed according to official data, but there are numerous
documentations proving that the number exceeds a number of hundreds.
There are also evidences that the massacres were coordinated by
personnel of Azerbaijani Committee for State Security (KGB). The
murderers of Sumgait were later declared national heroes of
Azerbaijan. The same policy is continued by today's Aliyev regime,
glorifying anyone who kills an Armenian (Safarov).

Years after the Sumgait genocide, the tradition of glorifying the
murderers of Armenians has again revived in Azerbaijan. The best
illustration of which is the People's Artist of Azerbaijan and MP
Zeynab Khanlarova, nicknamed axe-Khanoom. According to the testimony
of numerous Armenians from Baku, that woman `chosen by people'
glorified the Sumgait murderers standing on the demonstration platform
in 1989. She made an announcement in 2012 after the scandal of the
extradition of Safarov that shocked even many Azerbaijanis. `Safarov
is the hero of not only of Azerbaijan, he is a world hero. His statue
must be erected. Not every man could have done that. We have two
heroes, Mr. Ilham Aliyev and Ramil Safarov'.

Kamo Baghdasaryan

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 12:37 PM

ARMENIAN AMBASSADOR TO ITALY ADVISES HIS AZERBAIJANI COLLEAGUE TO STUDY FACTS ABOUT KARABAKH CONFLICT FROM OBJECTIVE SOURCES

POLITICS 20:25 04/03/2016 REGION

Sargis Ghazaryan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
Armenia to Italy, responded to an article titled "Khojaly massacre"
by Italian journalist Domenico Letizia and Azerbaijani Ambassador's
statements cited in it. The open letter is published on the website
of the newspaperL'Opinione.

The Armenian Ambassador writes, "We cannot speak about Khojaly without
remembering about the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh and the 35 thousand
Armenians and Azerbaijanis, who fell victim to it amid the silence
of the international community."

The Armenian diplomat finds it absurd that a journalist living
in Italy, a country guaranteeing freedom of press, speaks as a
mouthpiece of Azerbaijan, a country where over 100 journalists
and intellectuals are jailed. Moreover, names of foreign citizens,
including 38 Italians and many journalists, are included in the "black
list" of the personae-non grata of the Foreign Ministry of the country.

"The history is not a blanket to throw it from one side to the other
depending on the necessity of changing the regime," Ghazaryan stresses
and recommends his Azerbaijani colleague to try to study the reasons
and the chronology of Karabakh conflict from the sources that do not
contain official propaganda.

"I understand that my colleague must carry out responsibilities
before his country's illiberal and despotic government, which does not
tolerate any dissent, let alone a vertical diplomacy. Still I consider
his arguments rude and incomplete," the Armenian Ambassador writes.

He next notes that the town of Khojaly was a firing point for Grads,
rocket launchers of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, and they targeted
the Armenian civilians.

A few days before 25 February 1992, the command of the Self-Defence
forces of Nagorno Karabakh informed Azerbaijan's government and
civilians about the unavoidability of a military operation to
neutralise the firing point, as well as about a humanitarian corridor
left for the evacuation of the civilians.

Citing Azerbaijani sources, the Armenian Ambassador writes that Salman
Abbasov from Khojaly confirms the fact that a warning was spread on
the radio and that the local authorities prohibited an evacuation
of the population. "When it was at last possible to evacuate women,
children and old people, they, the Azerbaijanis, forbade us to do
that," Abbasov said.

It is also known from Azerbaijani sources that Elman Mammadov,
then mayor of Khojaly, was aware of the attacks and had asked for
helicopters, yet the Baku authorities did not provide him with
any help.

Azerbaijani MP Ramiz Fataliyev, the chairman of the committee for
investigating the events, also gave noteworthy accounts. He said a
decision was made not to evacuate the civilians from Khojaly during
Azerbaijan's National Security Council, which took place four days
before the Khojaly events at the presence of the president, prime
minister, KGB head and others.

"These accounts imply that the civilians served as a human shield
for the authorities of Azerbaijan to defend the firing point," the
Ambassador highlights.

He next cites an excerpt from Azerbaijan's former president Ayaz
Mutalibov's interview who actually confirms that the opposition of
the country had organised the events to overthrow him. "...the general
background of arguments is that a corridor by which the people could
leave, was, nevertheless, left by Armenians. Why then would they
begin to shoot? Especially in the territory nearby Aghdam, where
by that time there had been enough forces to help the people. Or,
just come to an agreement that the civil population will leave. Such
practice has always been usual," the former president said.

In an interview to the Novoye Vremya newspaper on 6 March 2001,
Mutalibov said, "It may be supposed that someone was interested to show
those shots at the Supreme Council meeting later and turn the focus on
me." With this statement, the former president hinted at the Popular
Front of Azerbaijan, whose groups were located not far from Khojaly.

"In this regard, we remind the author of the article that the
journalists and rights defenders questioning the Azerbaijani
authorities' version about Khojaly were either arrested or killed,"
the Armenian diplomat notes and mentions certain names - Chingiz
Mustafayev, Eynulla Fatullayev, Elmar Huseynov.

The Ambassador also highlights the obvious manipulation of facts in the
use of an excerpt from Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's interview
to the British journalist and researcher Thomas de Vaal. The current
President of Armenia headed the Committee of the Self-Defence Forces
of the NKR during Khojaly events.

Sargsyan' words in the 15 December 2000 interview really have totally
another meaning, "The Azerbaijanis needed an occasion to equate
something to Sumgait. But they cannot be compared in any way. Yes,
actually, there were civilians in Khojaly. But besides civilians,
there were also soldiers. And a falling shell cannot distinguish
between a civilian and a soldier, it has no eyes. If civilians stay
there, although they had an excellent opportunity to leave, it means
they also take part in the military operations... And the corridor
was left for them not for shooting them somewhere - it was possible
to shoot them in Khojaly, not on the approaches to Aghdam."

Azerbaijan refuses to engage the NKR leadership in direct negotiations,
and unlike Armenia and the NKR, it turns down the offers to withhold
the snipers from the line of contact and to implement mechanisms for
investigation of the facts of ceasefire regime violations. Unlike
the Azerbaijani government, Armenia seeks a peaceful settlement of
the conflict without use of force. This approach is also shared by
the international community, the Ambassador points out.

According to Ghazaryan, the position of the government of Armenia
coincides with the approach of the international community reflected
in the basic principles of the settlement of the conflict and in the
joint statements made by the OSCE Minsk Group in L'Aquila, Muskoka,
Deauville, as well as during the G8 summit in Enniskillen and G20 in
Los Cabos.

To sum up, the Armenian Ambassador writes that instead of blaming the
mediators in ineffective work, Azerbaijan's government had better do
everything possible - after so many clashes and civilian victims -
to demonstrate a commitment to the peace process mediated by the OSCE
and supported by the international community.

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 11:25 AM

REPORTS AND MISCALCULATIONS

Friday, 04 March 2016

Baku has completely lost the touch with the reality

In September 2016, Artsakh will celebrate the 25th anniversary of
the proclamation of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. To admit, the term
is considerable for not only the NKR population, but also the outer
world to recognize that our Republic is an independent political
factor playing a certain role in the region. Although the NKR has
not achieved yet the international recognition of its independence,
however, this does not belittle at all its significance as a factor of
stability and an important element of the regional security system,
the opinion of which should be considered. And I must say, it is
considered, as evidenced by the regular contacts with the political
leadership of the NKR by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs representing
three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -
Russia, the USA, and France.

Against this background, to be frank, the behavior of the Azerbaijani
authorities, undertaking pathetic attempts to ignore the objective
developments, looks quite funny. A quarter of a century seems to be
enough for official Baku to understand the obvious truth - the train
has long gone, and gone forever. Meanwhile, the terms and definitions,
which are still used in Baku when referring to the Karabakh issue,
clearly indicate that Azerbaijan has hopelessly lost the touch with the
reality. Representation of Artsakh as a "territory occupied by Armenia"
and the legally elected authorities of the NKR as a "separatist regime"
has long been not seriously perceived by sane people. As competent
people, and first of all, the Minsk Group co-chairs themselves,
know that the territory of Artsakh is the territory of the historic
residence of the Armenian people and that the NKR leadership is formed
as a result of the legitimate national elections, so they meet with
the elected authorities, as it is prescribed by the mediators' mandate.

Unfortunately, and unfortunately for just official Baku, it does
not want to notice this obvious truth. Otherwise, it would not fill
the media space with anachronistic statements and useless scraps of
paper, which serve only to satisfy its own excessive ambitions. That
is banal self-satisfaction, which has a well-known definition, but
which, for the reasons of ethics, we are not going to note.

So, suffering a fiasco in the political arena in January, when the
anti-Armenian resolution of former MP from the UK Robert Walter wasn't
approved in the PACE, Baku seems to try its luck in the economic
sphere. Recently, the sick heads of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
have heavily generated another stillborn child - the so-called report
on the so-called "illegal economic and other activities in the occupied
territories of Azerbaijan". The so-called document states that Armenia
allegedly carries out illegal economic and other activities in Nagorno
Karabakh, as well as illegally exploits the natural resources and
changes the infrastructures. In short, a set of absurdities popularly
called nonsense. The calculation in this nonsense is simple - to
present once again Armenia as an aggressor and occupant in the vain
hope of recognition of it as such by the international community.

Agree, it looks quite funny when the legality of certain actions of
the Armenian party is ranted by a state, the short history of which,
starting from the creation in the early twentieth century and ending
with the independence at the end of the same century, is a flagrant
violation of the norms and principles of international law. The
artificially created state formation, which has "rightly" won the
reputation of a terrorist and aggressor state, dares to appeal
to international law. All the references of Azerbaijan to right
and law serve a single goal - to use the mechanisms of sanctions
by international bodies in the attempt to impede the sustained
social-economic development of the NKR, which the criminal Baku
regime rightly perceives as a threat to itself. The annual 10-percent
economic growth in Artsakh, against the background of the current
heavy financial and economic crisis in Azerbaijan, cannot but cause
the Baku regime's fury.

Having described in its so-called report the economic intrigues of
the Armenian party, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry complained then
on the "lack of an adequate international response" and appealed to
the international community to take appropriate actions. We think
the international community will remain adequately indifferent to
the tear request of Baku. For the simple reason that the people of
Artsakh have the sovereign right to use in their own homeland and
in their sole discretion the natural resources of the land, on which
their ancestors have lived for thousands of years, for ensuring their
social-economic development and strengthening their statehood. And
the invented Azerbaijani reports cannot deprive the NKR people of
their natural right.

Leonid MARTIROSSIAN

Editor-in-Chief of Azat Artsakh newspaper

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 10:10 AM

EUROPEAN ARMENIAN FEDERATION
For Justice and Democracy
Ave. des Nerviens, 35
Brussels, 1040
Belgium

Tel./Fax : +32 (0) 2 732 70 26 / 27
E-mail : contact@eafjd.org
Web: www.eafjd.org
www.eafjd.eu/
twitter.com/eafjd
www.facebook.com/European.Armenian.Federation


As of Monday, March 14, a delegation of Flemish Parliament members comprised
of Karim Van Overmeire (N-VA), Marc Hendrickx (N-VA), Ward Kennes (CD&V),
Karl Vanlouwe (N-VA), two teachers from Aalst, Griet Meireman and Catherine
van den Nest, and Professor Paul Meerts, Senior Associate at the
Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' (The Hague)
and visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) are Nagorno
Karabakh Republic - Artsakh. The delegation is headed by the European
Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) President Kaspar
Karampetian, coordinated by EAFJD EU Affairs officer Heghine Evinyan,
supported by two members of the Armenian National Committee of Belgium,
Ashkhen Fixova and Adana Kotanjian. Republic of Armenia National Assembly
member Tevan Poghosyan has also joined them.

Today, the delegation started its day by visiting the Stepanakert memorial
complex and laid wreaths in memory of the victims. Then, the delegation was
divided into two parts, the teachers visited schools in Stepanakert where
they had meetings with students. They are also expected to visit Artsakh
State University, where Professor Meerts will present the subject
"international negotiation process". Later, they will visit the Tumo Center
for creative technologies.

In the main hall of the National Assembly, legislative, executive and
representatives of local authorities participated in the meeting, during
which NA Speaker Ashot Ghoulian highlighted the persistent efforts aimed at
preserving the FLemish identity in Belgium, that unlike in the South
Caucasus, is expressed through civilized dialogue.

Karl Vanlouwe, referring to the preservation of the national identity of
Artsakh and the peoples' struggle, he said, "I cannot compare the Flemish
peaceful struggle for identity with the complex situation created in
Nagorno Karabakh. It is hard to imagine that such a meeting would be
organized around thirty years ago only because there was a war going on in
here"; Vanlouwe, First Vice President of the Belgian Senate, also
highlighted the importance of identity and values of democracy, and their
importance in politics.

In his turn, Karim Van Overmeire said that this visit is symbolic of the
sympathy that they have towards the young democracy of Artsakh. "Artsakh
is not only the stronghold of Armenia, but also of Europe," he said. Ward
Kennes said, that Artsakh is part of the Christian world, to which he also
belongs. And Mark Hendricks, Mechelen city deputy mayor, highlighted the
role of the Armenian community of Mechelen and the possible cooperation.

Issues of bilateral relations and possibilities of cooperation in various
spheres were also discussed.

Later today, the delegation will meet with Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan
and Artsakh Diocese Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan.
 



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Posted 22 March 2016 - 09:46 AM

AZERBAIJANI WEBSITES UP IN ARMS ABOUT BAKU.AM, WHICH COVERS RICH INFORMATION ABOUT HISTORY OF BAKU'S ARMENIAN COMMUNITY

POLITICS 16:59 22/03/2016 REGION

Citing Pubilka.az, Azerbaijani website Gundelik-baku.com protests
against Baku.am, which presents materials covering the rich history and
heritage of the Armenian community of the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.

The website objects to the fact that the Armenians have played an
active socio-political role in Baku for centuries. For example, Baku.am
writes about the pogroms of the Armenian population in Baku in 1905,
1918 and 1990, which Gundelik-baku.com claims have not happened.

In the description of Baku.am, however, it is highlighted in four
languages (Azerbaijani, Armenian, English and Russian) that the
purpose of the website is "to present and enlighten the prosperous
past and inheritance of the Armenian community of Baku - the capital
of Azerbaijan." The website targets scientific organisations, achieves
and everyone interested in the history of the Armenian communities
and Baku.

Moreover, Baku.am points out that the human rights violations, as
well as the anti- Armenian propaganda implemented on the state level
in Azerbaijan prohibit any mentioning of the role of the Armenians
in the history of Azerbaijan, and particularly in the history of
Baku. "In this regards the website has an important mission to reveal
the forgotten or forbidden pages of the history of Baku. The website
does not follow any purpose to stir up national passions; it gives
an opportunity to acknowledge the past and to secure the peaceful
coexistence of the two neighbour nations in future," Baku.am writes.

The Armenian community in Baku fell victim to the genocide, which
was well planned by Azerbaijani and Turkish authorities and carried
out in three stages. As a result, the Armenian element that made
great contribution to the history of development of Baku city ceased
to exist.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Baku as a large industrial centre
in the Transcaucasia region of the Russian Empire had rich Armenian
civilizational presence. The Armenians were the third large ethnic
group after the Russians and multi-tribal Muslim population in the
city. Nevertheless, Armenians had leading role in social, industrial
and cultural life of the city. Due to the Armenian entrepreneurs'
activities, Baku oil industry ran up.

The buildings constructed with the support of the Armenian businessmen
and designed by talented Armenian architects in European architectural
best traditions and styles so far decorate Baku, the capital city
of Azerbaijan. The official anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijani
authorities does not tolerate any mentioning of the Armenian existence
in Baku and of their great contribution to the history of the city.

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:09 AM

MP: PROPOSAL ON TURKEY ROLE IN KARABAKH WAS REMOVED AT EURONEST

15:24, 29.03.2016

YEREVAN. - The Armenian side at the EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly
(PA) succeeded in removing several unwanted wordings in the draft
report regarding the EU and Eastern Partnership countries' position
on foreign policy and threats.

Ruling Republican Party of Armenia MP Artak Zakaryan, who also
heads the Armenian National Assembly delegation to the EuroNest PA,
on Tuesday told the aforesaid to reporters in Parliament. He stated
this summing up--together with other delegation members--the results
of the recent EuroNest PA session in Brussels.

In his words, the Georgian delegates had made two proposals,
which stressed the importance of territorial integrity and the
inadmissibility of "occupied territories" in Eastern Partnership
countries.

"[But] at the session, our Georgian colleagues agreed to remove those
wordings from the text," Zakaryan said.

The Ukrainian delegation, on the other hand, had issued a statement
regarding aggression in "occupied territories" and the need for
withdrawing troops from there. After detailed explanations, however,
the Ukrainian delegation likewise agreed to remove such wordings.

"[And] the socialists' faction made a proposal, which had a call for
ensuring Turkey's participation in the dialogue on [Nagorno-]Karabakh,"
Artak Zakaryan added. "[But] from the very beginning it was clear to
everyone that the proposal is from the comedy genre and it can't be
adopted. The proposal was rejected in the voting, and other wordings
were adopted."

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 09:35 AM

Forecast: "Territories in exchange for status" deal will have
disastrous aftermaths for Armenia's fundamental interests

by David Stepanyan

Wednesday, March 30, 15:31

The "territories in exchange for status" deal will have disastrous
aftermaths for Armenia's fundamental interests connected with the
establishment of durable peace around Nagorny Karabakh, says Arman
Meliklyan, the former foreign minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh
Republic, independent political analyst.

Talking to ArmInfo, Melikyan said representatives of the Russian
expert society and political establishment have been advocating for
that formula of the settlement during the last 2-3 years. "Such
prospects may be in favor of Moscow, as it will help it settle some
short-term tasks, and restore Russia's military presence in
Azerbaijan," he said.

The analyst said he has got an impression that Moscow is sure that the
incumbent authorities in Armenia will agree to yield what they call
the security zone of NKR in exchange for the status, if Ilham Aliyev
agrees on such deal.

Considering the inadmissibility of such scenario, Melikyan believes
that official Yerevan is ought to submit an exact alternative to the
Moscow partners.
Since 1992 the OSCE Minsk Group represented by co-chairs from Russia,
U.S. and France has been mediating in resolution of the conflict
unleashed by Azerbaijan in 1988. At present the peace process is based
on the Madrid Principles suggested by the OSCE MG in 2007 in Madrid
and renovated in 2009.

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 06:59 AM

Hot debates on Karabakh held on France 24
18:42, 12.04.2016
 

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Hot debates on Nagorno-Karabakh were held on France 24 TV channel.  Member of the the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF), Franck Papazian, responded to the aggressive insinuations of the Azerbaijani Ambassador to France Elchin Amirbayov.

Papazian noted that the ceasefire on the Line of Contact between the Karabakh-Azerbaijani opposing forces wasn’t violated for the first time ten days ago:  Azerbaijan constantly violated it, since the moment of signing the ceasefire agreement in 1994, and currently it refuses to establish electronic control over the border, as suggested by the OSCE.

“As to the history, Nagorno-Karabakh is a historic Armenian land. In 1923, Karabakh was handed to Azerbaijan by Stalin, the most bloodthirsty dictator of the 20th century. Since 1923, the Armenians lived in the condition of segregation, and in 1988 the Karabakh people took advantage of their right to self-determination, to which Azerbaijan responded by the pogroms in Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad and Shushi,” he said.   

Responding to the Azerbaijani ambassador’s question on the territorial integrity, the representative of the French Armenians noted that the international community also recognizes the peoples’ right to self-determination.

“The Karabakh issue can be solved only in the context of self-determination and under the control of the international organizations. In 1988, Azerbaijan started a war, which was won by Armenia. Karabakh became self-proclaimed; the Minsk Group constantly suggested Azerbaijan this version of solution, which the latter turned down,” Franck Papazian said.  He also added that “today Azerbaijan is a caricature, which the entire civilized war and international organizations accuse,” and that “Azerbaijan is run by Aliyev’s regime, which constantly urged and keeps calling for war.”

“Karabakh will never be returned to Azerbaijan,” Papazian concluded.

The French anchor also expressed her stance during the polemic. “The world sees that what happened in Karabakh worked in favor of Aliyev, who tried to solve his domestic economic problems, playing the national card,” she said, touching on the recent escalation of Karabakh conflict. The anchor also hinted at the considerable role of the Azerbaijani oil in the process of solving the political issues. 



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 07:18 AM

In the forested heartland of the Caucasus Mountains: “Newsweek”
introduces Artsakh to the world

20:00, 12 April, 2016

YEREVAN, APRIL 12, ARMENPRESS. ,Popular American “Newsweek” periodical
published an extended article on April 12 on Nagorno Karabakh
Republic. “Armenpress” reports “Newsweek” tried to familiarize its
audience reaching millions with Artsakh.

The Armenian individuality with Christian identity, pupils, students
and ordinary people of Artsakh were the focus of the article. The
problems of this Caucasian country not yet recognized by the world
were introduced in detail.

Bellow “Armenpress” presents the full article of “Newsweek”.

Over 20 years ago, the guns were meant to fall silent in
Nagorno-Karabakh, the forested heartland of the Caucasus Mountains.
After years of bloody conflict and the deaths of 30,000 people, the
region’s ethnic Armenian majority and the state of Azerbaijan, which
they were part of in name but not in aspiration, entered a cease-fire.

The truce has since been shaken by violence many times.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s self-declared independence has not been recognized
by a single state. Karabakh’s Armenian-speaking people, however, have
remained. April 4 saw one of the most dramatic examples of how quickly
life in Karabakh can turn very harsh. In a few days of clashes along
the contact line, Azerbaijan boasted of “destroying” 170 opposing
troops, while sources from the Armenian forces estimated they had
killed 300 Azeri soldiers. In the heat of action, threats intensified,
and the Azeri Ministry of Defense threatened to strike Karabakh where
it hurt, in its capital of Stepanakert. Armenia’s president, Serzh
Sarkisian, countered with a warning of “full-scale war.”

And as if the words had not been spoken, by Tuesday afternoon the game
of brinkmanship was once again paused, and the uneasy cease-fire
continued again. Each side reported collective casualties of 64
people, and life in Karabakh continued. The aspiring republic’s people
grow up with knowledge of the how contingent times of calm are. Many
of Karabakh’s residents are given frequent reminders of a war they are
too young to recall. Yet despite the harsh and fickle realities of the
nearby frontline, they continue to dream and find ways to have fun.

There are not many signs of nightlife in Karabakh for teens and
20-somethings even in the capital of Stepanakert, by far the most
populous and developed settlement in the aspiring republic. To those
looking for a night out, Stendhal Club is the only disco opened until
late in the city. Others prefer to meet at home or in restaurants.

Parts of Stepanakert, which stands around 20 kilometers from the
contact line with Azerbaijan, have been rebuilt since the war. “The
situation and city is quite dark,” Gianmarco Maraviglia, one of the
two photographers behind our gallery says. “The frontline is very
close and the people know it.” Other towns around such as Shushi,
where little to no rebuilding has happened, bear the scars of war even
more heavily.

Lika Zaqaryan is a political science major at Stepanakert’s Artsakh
State University, where she is also prima ballerina in the ballet
troupe. She knows opportunities lead abroad but she says she will
always return to Karabakh.

“I want to go to another country to improve my education but when I do
that I don’t want to stay there,” Zaqaryan says. “I want to come back
and live here in Nagorno Karabakh. I hope it will be a peaceful
Republic of Nagorno Karabakh or maybe a part of the Republic of
Armenia.”

She says everyone worries about their brothers, fathers or
grandfathers in the military but hopes the “problems with Azerbaijan
on the border” can be resolved.

Grigor Khagramanyan, 13, has his sights on traveling the world. “I’d
like to go to Iran. I’d like to see their carpets,” he says, looking
on from his school window. “And Singapore, to see their many high
buildings. Maybe South Africa will be good,” he says. “I have one
friend, his father is working in the army, he’s a general. He wants to
be like his father, I know.” Grigor himself says he has heard a lot
about the army from his friend. He says it is “interesting.”

Knar Babayan, a photographer and journalist, is old enough to remember
the violence of the early 1990s and so proud that she has had the
chance to leave Karabakh and returned. “I studied here, then moved to
Yerevan and I also had a chance to study in Georgia. I was also abroad
to participate in workshops,” she says. “Every time I come back my
friends ask me ‘Really you don’t want to leave Karabakh?’”

“I found that I could not live more than 10 days away from home,” she
laughs. “One of my lecturers told me I am lucky because at my age I
understand that I have a home.”

Wealthy benefactors from the Armenian diaspora have helped finance a
handful of venues in Karabakh to help better the lives of the young
and their career prospects. A small new soccer field has been built in
central Stepanakert, where children can play. For those whose minds
are more tech-geared, Stepanakert has also opened the Tumo Center for
Creative Technologies.

The center is modeled after projects in Armenia, and it allows
children develop skills in art and computer science, with a well
stocked inventory of digital resources. The center is open free of
charge to any under-18s and its sister-centers in Armenia have already
established three startups.

Gohar Aushar, an aspiring filmmaker at the Tumo center in Stepanakert,
says she would like to hone her craft abroad, but her inspiration will
“always be Karabakh and Stepanakert.”

“I think a documentary would be a good idea,” she says. “Our country
has a lot of history and I think other countries should know about it.
I would like to film a story about our historical memorials and shoot
Tigranakert.”

“I think there is no difference between Armenians and Karabakhis
because we are one nation,” she says.

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:14 AM

Azerbaijan threatens Mayor of French city who cooperates with Artsakh’s Shushi

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20:16, 21 April, 2016

YEREVAN, APRIL 21, ARMENPRESS. Azerbaijan represented by its ambassador to France Elchin Amirbayov sent to the Mayor of Bourg-Les-Valence commune of Drôme department in southeastern France a warning document, taking into account the Charter of cooperation between the French commune and the city Shushi in Nagorno Karabakh Republic. “Armenpress” reports, citing francebleu.fr website, the warning letter arrived at the Municipality of Bourg-Les-Valence on April 21.

 

Mayor of Bourg-les-Valence Marlène Mourier noted that he views the letter as a real threat by Azerbaijan, because of which, however, he does not intend to retreat. The mayor stressed that the cooperation and friendship between Shushi and Bourg-les-Valence will continue.

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:23 AM

Deception of Azerbaijan’s embassy in France exposed

21:20, 21 April, 2016

YEREVAN, APRIL 21, ARMENPRESS. France-Artsakh friendship circle
uniting over 50 French politicians has issued a press release over
another propaganda fraud by Azerbaijan.

As “Armenpress” was informed from the Department of Press, Information
and Public Relations of MFA Armenia, the statement reads as follows,

“France-Artsakh friendship circle applied to the Secretary of State
for Veterans and Memory of the Ministry of Defense of France Jean-Marc
Todeschini on March 15 for checking the reliability of the information
spread by the Azerbaijani Embassy. According to the mentioned
information, an event dedicated to the memory of the victims of
Khojaly allegedly took place on February 26 in Paris, near the Tomb of
the Unknown Soldier under the Triumphal Arch.

“It is already several years the Baku propaganda cynically uses the
civilian victims of Azerbaijan for defaming the liberation forces of
Nagorno Karabakh, at the same time keeping silence over the civilian
losses of Karabakh”, president of France-Artsakh friendship group
Francois Rochebloine and Vice Presidents Rene Rouquet and Guy Tessier
explained.

In his response on April 8 Jean-Marc Todeschini denied and officially
condemned the false information spread by Azerbaijan’s embassy.

The Secretary of State mentioned that “a number of unions” were
present at the event, and the Ambassador of Azerbaijan really put a
wreath with a note “Embassy of Azerbaijan in France” on it, an act
that is regularly conducted by many other officials representing
foreign countries under the auspices of the Committee of Fire.

Mr. Todeschini mentioned that the information about the event spread
by Azerbaijani embassy through its own website id “false”.

The Secretary of State concluded his letter with the following, “I am
sorry and condemn the speculation made by that internet website
referring to the Fire burning ceremony of February 26. History and
memory deserve to be transparent, true and reliable. We are
responsible in front of those victims in honor of whom we organize
such events”.

These exposures documenting the duplicity of the Azerbaijani
authorities come to surface immediately after Azerbaijan unleashed a
military aggression against Nagorno Karabakh.

“When a country is able to shamelessly cheat the French and
international publics over an incident that took place in the centre
of Paris, how can one believe of what it tells about something
happening far away in South Caucasus. The incident near the Triumphal
Arch proves the existing regime in Azerbaijan is neither reliable nor
credible”, Francois Rochebloine said, adding that this dangerous
strategy hampers the peaceful settlement of the conflict, as
Azerbaijan regularly disseminates anti-Armenianism and hatred among
its public.

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