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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:41 AM

Carrot will never work with these savages, it's time to get your big stick out and hit hard, once and for all!

Panorama, Armenia

Oct 21 2017
 
 
Davit Babayan says not an easy task to deal with a terrorist state

 

Following the Geneva summit on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated that no specific arrangements had been made about the settlement options while presidents agreed to take additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact. Three days after the summit, an Armenia soldier Tigran Khacharyan, born in 1998, was shot dead by Azerbaijani sniper at a military post of the Artsakh Defense Army.   

Earlier today, the Artsakh Army reported in its weekly bulletin that Azerbaijani forces fired more than 2300 shots towards the Armenian positions from 15 to 21 October at the Line of Contact between Artsakh And Azerbaijan.

Panorama.am turned to the Artsakh President’s spokesperson Davit Babayan to comment on the recent developments in the light of the Azerbaijani practice of backpedaling on reached arrangements.
In the face of Azerbaijan, the Armenian side is dealing with a terrorist state, Babayan insisted.

“Such actions are characteristic of Azerbaijan that once again demonstrates the need to reconsider the mechanisms of holding Azerbaijan accountable. I do not suggest that the Genevan meeting was useless, and there is no need to organize such meetings. Quite the opposite, the meetings should take place. However, those summits cannot be viewed for the final settlement of the conflict. While the settlement itself is not feasible in the coming future, maintaining the peace and stability in the region seems a more realistic and important target,” Babayan said.

Asked whether new approaches to the negotiations are discussed considering the Azerbaijani long-practiced tactic of shooting at the border ahead and in the aftermath of serious talks, Babayan noted: “Different approaches should undoubtedly be taken into consideration. Yet it is not an easy task to deal with an adversary sharing a terrorist mentality. That makes the Artsakh conflict as one of the most complex one in the world.”

https://www.panorama...t-state/1853832

 

 



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:14 AM

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Mexican parliament members Blanca Margarita Cuata Domínguez, María Cristina Teresa García Bravo, and Carlos Hernández Mirón are on a trip to the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic/NKR).

The Mexican lawmakers on Tuesday paid a visit to the capital city Stepanakert Memorial, where they laid flowers in memory of the Armenian martyrs of the Karabakh War.

 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:40 AM

Aravot, Armenia
Oct 27 2017
 
 
 
 
‘Armenia not to negotiate with Azerbaijan as long as there are threats on the border’, political analyst
 
“It is still not possible to achieve the implementation of the agreements of Vienna and St. Petersburg. The Armenian side wants to make sure that Azerbaijan will not use the time given for the talks to prepare for another war. Armenia will not negotiate with Azerbaijan as long as there are threats on the border, and as long as Aliyev negotiates with one hand while fires with the other one”, political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan makes such conclusions from the last speech of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
 
At the meeting with reporters, he expressed conviction that the Armenian side already toughens its position on the Karabakh conflict settlement: “Armenia now speaks not only about maintaining Lachin corridor, but also about territories that do not threaten Artsakh’s security”.
 
“Yelq” faction MP Gevorg Gorgisyan mentioned that there are no grounds to believe in any negotiation document: “Finally, our government came to that decision”.
 
According to the MP, Armenia should direct its scientific potential to the production of new weapons: “After the April hostilities our government came to their senses a bit, and a few steps are being taken”.
 
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Posted 03 November 2017 - 09:28 AM

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When I decided to visit Artsakh, I was told that it would be dangerous – German parliamentarian
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Lars Patrick Berg, a member of the Alternative for Germany party, has arrived in Stepanakert accompanied by the permanent representative of the Artsakh Republic to Germany Harutyun Grigoryan.

“During my two-day visit, I had important meetings with both the political leadership and the public. I’ve received many interesting and useful information. I think that cooperation with Artsakh is not only necessary, but also should not be limited only by private visits of the politicians. I will surely tell about this in my meetings with my colleagues,” the German MP said and added that during his visit he was convinced that there is little or no information about Artsakh in Germany.

 

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:34 AM

One more candidate for the black listed book!

 

 
Asbarez.com
 
 
Mayor Eric Garcetti Plans to Visit Armenia and Artsakh

 

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ANCA-WR delegation flanks Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has informed the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region that he plans to visit Armenia and Artsakh and will promote new opportunities for economic growth and cultural exchange between Armenia and Los Angeles.

The announcement was made during the Mayor’s meeting with the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region on November 1 at City Hall. The Mayor and the ANCA-WR representatives also discussed other issues of mutual interest and efforts for maintaining a strong relationship with the Armenian community of Los Angeles.

“We greatly appreciate the constructive and close relationship we have with Mayor Garcetti and his office. From his days representing Little Armenia to his tenure as Mayor, he has maintained a deep understanding of the issues which are important to our community, and he consistently takes action to address them. We look forward to continuing to cultivate our open lines of communication and collaboration on matters of mutual concern,” stated ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian.

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ANCA-WR delegation discusses issues of importance to the Armenian community with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

ANCA-WR Board Members attending the meeting emphasized the importance of keeping strong ties with the LA Mayor, given the size of the Los Angeles Armenian community and the Los Angeles Sister City relationship with Yerevan. The Board Members further discussed the role of the ANCA-WR in serving as an outlet between the community and the initiatives proposed by the Mayor’s office.

For the past several years, Mayor Eric Garcetti has been a steadfast partner of the ANCA-WR since both as City Councilmember and then as Mayor. He first visited Armenia as a Los Angeles City Councilmember in Fall 2005 where he met with Armenian local and national political leadership.

Present at the meeting were members of his staff, including Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero and Federal Affairs Manager George Kivork. ANCA-WR representatives included Chairwoman Nora Hovsepian, Board Members Raffi Kassabian and Souzi Zerounian-Khanzadian, Advisory Board Members Levon Kirakosian and Karo Khanjian, and Government Relations Coordinator Serob Abrahamian.

Headquartered in Los Angeles County, the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

 

http://asbarez.com/1...ia-and-artsakh/

 



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:45 AM

News.am, Armenia
Nov 10 2017
 
 
Babloyan: Azerbaijan should give up imagining Karabakh as its part
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YEREVAN. – Azerbaijan should give up imagining Artsakh as its part, even theoretically.

Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia, Ara Babloyan, on Friday stated the aforementioned at the 12th meeting of the commission on parliamentary cooperation between the NAs of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic/NKR), at the Armenian parliament.

In his words, the people of Artsakh continue unreservedly mastering their destiny, and they decisively continue on the “road” they have chosen. 

Furthermore, Babloyan stressed that there is no alternative to a pacific resolution for the Karabakh conflict.

Also, the Armenian parliament speaker noted that the constitutional amendments, which were carried out in both Armenia and Artsakh, are indispensable for more effective governance and raising the level of democracy.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 09:24 AM

ARMINFO News Agency, Armenia
November 10, 2017 Friday


Sharmazanov: If the world does not recognize the self-determination of
Artsakh, then it should not recognize the self-determination of the
Soviet republics

Yerevan November 10

Ani Mshetsyan. "The international community must understand that the
Republic of Artsakh is fighting not against Azerbaijan, but for its
freedom and independence," RA Deputy Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov said
during the meeting of the Armenia-Artsakh Interparliamentary
Cooperation Commission on November 10.

He noted that since Artsakh can not raise its problems at
international venues, Armenian diplomats should make every effort to
fully and correctly present this issue to foreign colleagues. "It is
very important to conduct active agitation work with foreign deputies
in order to visit Artsakh," the vice-speaker said.

Touching upon the latest international processes on
self-determination, Sharmazanov stressed that it is impossible to draw
parallels between them. "The Karabakh problem is not similar to either
the Crimean, Abkhazian, or Catalonian issues, it is a separate and
unique process." We must bring to our European colleagues that
Artsakh, like all other post-Soviet countries, has self-determined in
accordance with the norms of international law. if the process of its
self-determination is not recognized by the international community,
then it should not recognize the self-determination of the Soviet
republics, "the vice-speaker stressed.

He also drew the attention of the international community to the fact
that Artsakh has managed to build a more democratic statehood than
Azerbaijan in the years of its independence: "It's not we who say
this, it is stated by all foreign delegations that visit
Nagorno-Karabakh."



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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:19 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Nov 14 2017
 
 
Analyst: Azerbaijani media distort Iranian official’s remarks on Armenia FM’s visit to Israel

The Azerbaijani media once again tried to distort the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman’s remarks, Armen Israyelyan, an expert on Iranian studies wrote on Facebook, reflecting on the question addressed to the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qassemi by a reporter of APA Azerbaijani news agency regarding Armenian foreign minister’s visit to Israel.

According to the expert, the Iranian official’s replay came in the following way: “Iran has established good relations with Armenia since independence. Armenia is one of those neighbors with which we have few problems. Armenia is building political ties, and we have no intention to interfere with the country’s domestic affairs, however, knowing Israel, we are convinced the steps of that country are not directed towards establishing stability. Therefore, we call on our Armenian friends to closely follow Israel’s actions in the region; we are convinced Armenia is informed about this issue.”

Using a headline somehow similar to the Iranian foreign ministry’s statement, the Azerbaijani news agency, however, presented a different formulation in its report, reading “… We advise Armenia to carefully follow their actions in the Caucasus region”.

“Such behavor is probably based on the fact that Azerbaijan realizes it is Baku which is taking part in Israel’s anti-Iranian actions for years,” the expert concluded.

https://www.panorama...remarks/1864878

 


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 09:25 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Dec 1 2017
 
 
Turkey shown the red line on Karabakh issue it must not cross, official says

Spokesman for the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) President David Babayan highly appreciates the recent statement adopted by the heads of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states, which once again reiterates the organization’s support for the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group towards the settlement of the conflict, as well as the three key principles of the Karabakh settlement process – non-use of force and the threat of force, territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination.

“This is a very important statement given the fact that recently several countries, such as Turkey, are indirectly trying to undermine the OSCE Minsk Group format. We see what statements that country makes and its active involvement in the geopolitical processes in Transcaucasia, namely the settlement of Karabakh-Azerbaijani conflict. These are very dangerous steps, which can lead to more complications. The latest statement of the heads of the CSTO member states, I think, is a response to Turkey’s such behavor,” Mr. Babayan said in an interview with Panorama.am.

The Artsakh official also underscored the recent meeting between the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office with the Turkish leadership in Ankara. According to the official, during the meeting Turkey was shown the red line that it must not cross.

“Such efforts of the international community in the person of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group are aimed at putting Turkey in its place to prevent the country from further complicating the situation,” Babayan highlighted.

He next reflected on the recent remarks of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu saying his country will support any resolution on the Karabakh settlement, which will satisfy Azerbaijan. “The Azerbaijani president once again announced that Artsakh is allegedly their historical land, and Armenian are newcomers there. So what? Does Turkey accept that Armenians are newcomers? This is another basis for a new genocide,” he highlighted.

Speaking about the upcoming meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers scheduled for Vienna on December 6, David Babayan noted it will ensure a push in Karabakh peace talks.

“All such meetings are important. The maintenance of peace and stability is very important,” he concluded.

https://www.panorama...h-issue/1872931



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:53 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Dec 4 2017
 
Leading Iranian media make interesting reference to Artsakh: expert
 
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Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) appeared on the pages of leading Iranian newspapers in past days, receiving rather interesting references, Armen Israyelyan, an expert on Iranian studies said on Facebook. 

Thus, one of the Iranian newspapers made a reference to the Shiite historical and cultural monuments in the Artsakh territory, as well as the ongoing activities by the Artsakh government to renovate them.

The expert detailed the second media reference is about the interview given by Artsakh Foreign Minister Masis Mayilyan to Iranian Shargh Daily, where Mr. Mayilyan touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process, the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group in this direction, Iran’s position on the Karabakh conflict and the 2016 April war, in this context highlighting Azerbaijan inflicted a huge blow to the peace talks by unleashing the war.

Commenting on the question by Iranian expert on the Caucasus, Salar Seifeddine regarding the possible return of some territories in the final settlement of the conflict, he said: “We have no other territories outside the Artsakh borders, what we have is totally a part of Artsakh. Certainly, there are some regions currently under the Azerbaijani control, such as Shahumyan region, some parts of Martakert and Martuni regions, i.e. some 15 percent of the Artsakh Republic’s territory. The powers envisaged by the Artsakh Constitution refer to the entire republic, which means the same rules apply for capital city Stepanakert or a settlement on the banks of Araks river.”

https://www.panorama...Artsakh/1873919



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 10:21 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Dec 12 2017
 
 
Canadian lawmaker urges government to condemn rights abuses against Karabakh people
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Horizon Weekly – Canadian lawmaker Tony Clement has urged the government to help end rights abuses against Karabakh people.

“While of course there are numerous examples of human rights abuses that need to be highlighted, I would like to emphasize the current human rights situation in the Republic of Artsakh or Nagorno Karabakh,” Clement said in remarks at the House of Commons on December 11.

“I travelled to the region this summer with One Free World International and observed first-hand the conflict there, and the horrific human rights abuses inflicted upon people who ultimately only wish to live in peace.

According to the lawmaker, he met with mothers who have lost sons, servicemen, and other in the conflict.

“I was on the site of some scenes of unspeakable horrors.

“I have hope for a peaceful and prosperous Artsakh, where people can live side by side with their neighbors, including Azerbaijan.

“The Artsakh conflict is currently mediated through the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,of which Canada is a full member.

“I urge the government to condemn human rights abuses in the region and work to deter further escalation of the conflict.”

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 10:45 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Dec 20 2017
 
 
New website revealing anti-Armenian hatred in Azerbaijani textbooks presented in Yerevan

 

A new online resource aimed at the coverage of Azerbaijani anti-Armenian policy Azerichild.education  was presented to the public on Wednesday in Yerevan. 

Created by the Public Relations and Information Center affiliated with the RA President’s Office, the website is a part of Azerichild.info, a large-scale project, in which general public both in Armenia and abroad have an opportunity to get to know the most dangerous manifestation of Armenophobia in Azerbaijan - at the level of children's and youth literature: in fairy tales, poems, children's games, educational and popular literature for children.

To note, the new website includes excerpts from textbooks on various disciplines approved by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Education and included in the school curriculum. They reflect dozens of examples of the manifestation of Armenophobia, hatred and hate speech, which are now cultivated in Azerbaijan at the official level – from the first person of the state to the media.
“Cases of anti-Armenian hatred are observed in almost all textbooks and methodological guides for teachers,” sociologist Armine Adibekyan stated, presenting the data of the new research by Xenophobia Prevention Initiative NGO, which is available on the website. 

Political scientist Anzhela Elibekova informed that cases of Armenophobia are observed not only in history books, but even in music education textbooks.

In her words, the website contains the original sources of textbooks for both the Azerbaijani and Russian sectors of schools for everyone wanting to make sure of the authenticity of the published quotations as well as for preventing the Azerbaijani side from reediting the materials.

https://www.panorama...website/1881949



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Posted 27 December 2017 - 11:06 AM

ArmenPress News Agency, Armenia
December 25, 2017 Monday


'Frozen conflict or a war in bain-marie' - Diario de Noticias
publishes article on NK conflict



YEREVAN, DECEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. Armenia and Azerbaijan do not lay
down their arms. Despite the ceasefire signed in 1994, the peace
agreement never arrived. More than two decades into the
Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) war, the two countries continue to confront each
other. In the line of contact between Azerbaijan and NK every day
there are exchanges of fire, Armenpress reports citing Diario de
Noticias website.

She goes unravelling bits and pieces of life. Telling about herself
and her people. Alternating between smiles and tears, which sometimes
stubbornly accumulate in her eyes. Lida Sargsyan is 82 years old and
features which do not belittle her age. The wrinkles are deep,
excavated by the passage of time and all the mourning that life has
put on her path. Her father died on a battlefield during World War II.
And three of the seven children had the same fate during the conflict
that in the early 1990s put Nagorno-Karabakh in the spotlight. In
April last year, she feared the worst, when Talish, the village where
she lived, near the northwest border of the territory, was attacked by
Azerbaijan's military. Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenian forces
lasted only four days, but it was enough to show that despite the
ceasefire signed in 1994, peace and security are far from palpable
realities.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh dates back to the 1920s, when, in the
aftermath of World War I, Joseph Stalin decreed that this autonomous
regionwith an Armenian and Christian majority would become an integral
part of the newly created Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan,
predominantly inhabited by Shia Muslims. The following decades, lived
under the unifying communist mantle, were of relative calm, but
everything changed with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Shortly
after the Azerbaijani parliament revoked the autonomous status of
Nagorno-Karabakh, in December 1991, the region unilaterally declared
independence. Tension and clashes intensified and the war settled. The
weapons would only go quiet in 1994, with the Armenian victory. Since
then, the conflict has been frozen. Peace has never been signed and
the country is not recognized by any Member State of the United
Nations. In addition to dominating the territory of the former Soviet
oblast - composed of five provinces - the Armenian forces, as a result
of the war's achievements in the 1990s, also control seven other Azeri
regions, thus allowing for a link with Armenia.

Rotten peace collapsed last year. In the early hours of dawn on April
3, the village of Talish woke up under fire. "I left the house when
they started firing, and my husband asked me not to do it, but I told
him I was going out.If they are going to kill me, let them do it
outside, not in here," Lida recalls. Some neighbors got her inside a
car to escape the attack. Zora, her husband, refused to go. He
explained that he did not want to leave the house. That he would not
leave behind the photographs and the memories of the children who died
in the war.

Married for 61 years, during "three or four days" Lida and Zorahad no
newsof each other. Today, like 45 other Talish families, they live in
Alashan, a small place about 20 kilometers away. They live in
improvised, pre-fabricated housing provided by the government, while
they wait for the day when they can return home. For the time being,
Talish is a deserted village, with much of the houses destroyed by the
attack of the Azeri forces. The reconstruction work is progressing
little by little, but it will still take long months until the
inhabitants can return. Among laughter, children run across the dirt
floor. The wind stirs the sheets hung to dry in the street, hanging
from a rope stretched between two trees. They would be pieces of a
normal life, if Alashan were not just a piece of borrowed land.

The school and place of death

The house, of exposed bricks and with a zinc roof, is on the edge of
the dirt road. The vegetation, against which no one has fought for a
year and a half, is advancing toward the walls. The door is open.
Inside, in the living room, Captain Gegham Grigoryan, a press officer
for the Nagorno-Karabakh army, points to the bullet holes on the
couch. "The woman was lying here when the body was found, she was 95.
And here was her husband," the soldier explains. "They came in and
killed them. First they killed them, and then they cut off their
ears." Valera and RazmelaKhalapyan were two of the three civilian
casualties in Talish. Despite the brutality of the image, last year
the photograph of the corpses was widely publicized in the Armenian
press to serve as evidence of a war crime. When the attack on the
village began, the couple's son escaped by car with his wife and five
children. He would return hours later to try to save his parents, but
it was too late. He found the two lying on the floor. The blood marks
have already been washed, but the drawings of the children of the
family remain hung on the wall of one of the rooms, like colored
ghosts, made of naive traits, which veil the rest of the empty space.

Very close to the house of Lida and Zora, stands the village’s school,
facing the Azeri positions. The glasses are broken. Scattered on the
floor are books, photographs, scrolls, drawings, and student work.
"The existence of this school in Talishproves that neither the bombing
(1991) nor the artillery shelling (1990-1992) nor the forced removal
of the population (1992-1994) were able to break the will of a people
who accepted Christianity as the religion of the State in the year
301, "can be read, almost ironically, on a billboard hung in one of
the now empty classrooms.

The trenches and the cleanliness of the capital

The so-called Nagorno-Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact is heavily
militarized on both sides. It is there, on the border, that the
expression "frozen conflict" sounds a lot like a euphemism. This year,
by mid-October, the Armenian casualties amounted to 47 soldiers.
Andduring the four-daywar, last year, more than 90 died. About the
number of Azeri victims there is no information available. The Baku
government does not disclose the casualties.

"The cease-fire regime is violated almost every day," says Major
RudikHakobyan, commander of this post on the north-western front of
the territory. "The last shots were only four hours ago," he adds. A
periscope, installed in the trenches excavated in the almost white
earth, allows observing the Azeri positions from a distance. But an
eye that is not trained for military purposes doesn’t distinguish
anything, except for harmless houses, isolated and scattered across
the plain.

In the so-called four-day war in April 2016, Rudik’s detachment
suffered two casualties. He is 30 years old, and nine serving on the
front line, but many of the soldiers accompanying him are young men
between the ages of 18 and 20, who are on compulsory two-year military
service. Unless it is necessary, men, as a rule, spend no more than
two weeks in a row in the line of contact without going home. "All
families are prepared for something to happen. We all have war in our
daily lives, but we try to live normally," says the commander.

Far from the trenches, Stepanakert is the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh.
With about 55 thousand inhabitants, it is far from being a militarized
place. Here, unless spoken of, war cannot be seen or felt. It is a
city like almost every city in the world. With shops, restaurants,
hotels, children on the way to school, adults busy with their normal
life errands.

ArtakBeglaryan was born in Stepanakert. He was six years old when a
landmine explosion made him totally blind. The accident happened while
playing with three friends in the yard. His parents placed him in a
school in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, dedicated to students with
special needs. The inability to see did not stop him from studying. He
graduated from Yerevan State University and holds a master's degree in
political science from University College in London. Today he is a
spokesman for the government of Nagorno-Karabakh.

More than two decades into the 1994 ceasefire, landmines are an almost
overcome problem. The Halo Trust, a Scottish-based NGO, has been
working permanently in the region since 2001 and believes that by 2020
the land will be mine-free. "We have already cleared 90% of the
territory," says Amasia Zargarian, an Iranian American with theHalo
Trust team. The official accounts show that, since 1995, there have
been 287 accidents with mines. These provoked 374 victims, 78 of them
mortal. In total, since the NGO started to work in the former Soviet
oblast, almost 12,000 explosive deviceswere deactivated.

In Karegah, a community situated in the narrow corridor of Lachin,
which connects Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, it is time for lunch.
Nazeli, a 40-year-old woman, is in her restingbreak. For a year and
four months she has been working as a de-miner. Sitting on the ground,
on a slope in the middle of the woods, she explains that she feels
that her functions are important. Not just to save lives, but so that
people can use the land to gather firewood and collect other food.

Hate Speech

"I am convinced that peace will be impossible in the coming decades,"
regrets ArtakBeglaryan. "Currently Azeris are poisoned with hatred of
the Armenians because of the propaganda of the authorities. It will
take several generations to change that. Peace is impossible when the
strategy of one side is to kill the other," continues the spokesman of
the government, chatting in the balcony of a restaurant in the
capital. To exemplify the difference in attitude, Beglaryan resorts to
the rhetoric of military communiqués on both sides: "They use the term
‘enemy’ and we use ‘adversary’. Our army says it ‘protects’ and
‘defends’, but Azeris speak of ‘revenge’". With the eyes that do not
see resting on the interlocutor, he explains that peace will be
impossible while the vocabulary of hate lasts.

It is not difficult to find official quotes that attest to the
aggressiveness of words. "Our main enemies are all Armenians in the
world," said, in 2012, IlhamAliyev, president of Azerbaijan since
2003,when he succeeded his father. "Armenia, as a country, has no
value at all. It is a colony, a territory artificially created in
Azerbaijan’s lands," he said.

In September, addressing the United Nations General Assembly,
IlhamAliyev stressed that Azerbaijan is a "center of multiculturalism,
where all religions and ethnic groups live in harmony." The Azeri
president also stressed that the conflict must be resolved on the
basis of international law and that Azerbaijan's control over its
territories must be restored.

DN contacted by e-mail the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku.
HikmatHajiyev, the spokesman, answered the questions (see interview),
arguing that any step towards resolving the conflict will have to
start with the withdrawal of the Armenian forces from the occupied
territories. In 1993, between April and November, the United Nations
Security Council adopted four resolutions calling for this withdrawal.
Hajiyev further asserts that Armenia has carried out an "ethnic
cleansing" in these territories and stresses that even in the Armenian
textbooks there is also a hate speech against Azerbaijan.

DN even made an interview with an Azeri researcher, an expert on
international relations, who offered to find other members of civil
society willing to speak. Later she explained that no one had accepted
and asked - justifying himself with the "sensitivity of the subject
and the safety challenges" in the country - for the interview not to
be used in this article.

Friends will be friends; countries not necessarily…

Anna Safarian (fictitious name) is 24 years old, born in 1993, a
native of Stepanakert and her mother became pregnant during the
conflict in the 1990s. She is part of a new generation of Armenians
who were born after, during or shortly before the war. After
completing her degree in Armenia, she completed a master's degree in
International Law from the University of Birmingham in the United
Kingdom, and now works for the Nagorno-Karabakh Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. She assures that she never felt any kind of hatred towards
the Azeris. "They are normal people. Just like us, they have their
families. Just like us, parents have their children in the army,
serving in the front line. They also feel the same fear and the same
pain. No, I never hated them”, she insists, stressing that the problem
lies with the aggressive discourse of the government of Azerbaijan.
While studying in the United Kingdom, she made contacts with Azeri
colleagues, but the connections ended up being lost: "They do not want
to keep in touch on Facebook, because it would be dangerous for them
to have Armenian friends."

Ani Minasyan (fictitious name) is 28 years old, holds a degree in
History from Yerevan State University and specializes in politics and
society in Azerbaijan. She made a point of learning the language of
the neighboring country in order to have access to "propaganda-free"
sources of information. A few years ago she participated in several
"peacebuilding meetings". Meetings held on neutral ground, usually in
Georgia. Organized by Armenian and Azeri emigrants living in the
United States, these meetings are aimed at getting young people to
know who is on the other side and to establish a dialogue. Ani recalls
that at one of these meetings, when she was presenting her vision of
the conflict, a girl from Azerbaijan stormed out of the room shouting.
"She claimed I was lying. She was not prepared to listen to my side of
the story. Later I was able to understand her reaction. I understood
that she was subject to propaganda, that she had never left the
country, that she had never met anyone from Armenia. It was something
very new for her. She was just expecting to hear me apologising, not
to listen to my side of the story," she explains.

From these meetings some friendships were born. One of Ani's friends,
whom she met in a 2012 meeting in Georgia, was to be arrested in 2013
by the Azeri authorities and sentenced to eight years in jail. He was
involved in N!DA, a civic movement that fights for human rights and
democratic values. He was released last year. Ani prefers not to say
hisname: "I do not want to get him into more trouble." The academic is
convinced that neither the Armenians nor the Azeris want war. Butshe
has no short-term illusions: "The conflict is useful for Aliyev, the
Azeri president. It helps him keeping power."

Frozen peace

Last year's clashes have shown that the return of a large-scale war is
a danger that is not far off. "Even before April 2016, it was not a
frozen conflict, it was a shaky situation," said AshotGhulyan, speaker
of the Nagorno-Karabakh parliament. "Azerbaijan has long been playing
with the ceasefire regime to see what the reaction of the
international community would be. When they realized that there was no
clear and assertive response they decided to attack. They showed again
that exterminating the Armenian population is still on their
agenda.This seriously affects the negotiation process,"he adds. For
Ghulyan, it will be very difficult to re-establish relations in the
coming decades: "Since kindergarten, Azeri children learn that
Armenians are the enemy."

The peace process seems to be in a dead end. Baku government continues
to assert that it will never abdicate from Nagorno-Karabakh, and the
United Nations does not recognize the region's independence. Created
in 1992 by the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe,
the Minsk group, co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States,
aims to find a platform for understanding. Despite efforts, progress
has been scarce. One of the problems is Stepanakert's absence from the
negotiating table. Baku does not agree to dialogue with
Nagorno-Karabakh until Armenia withdraws its troops from the occupied
territories.

"The involvement of Nagorno-Karabakh in the negotiations is
indispensable for the resolution of the conflict. Without our
participation it is impossible," said BakoSahakyan, President of the
country. "If Azerbaijan and the Minsk group want to find a solution
they have to make Nagorno-Karabakh part of the negotiating process,"
AshotGhulyan points out. Neither Sahakyan nor any other politician
interviewed for this report agreed to reveal what percentage of the
Nagorno-Karabakh state budget is invested in Defense.

And which desire is stronger: independence, or reunification with
Armenia? Regardless of whom the interlocutor is, in Stepanakert or
Yerevan, the answer is almost always the same: first recognition of
independence, and then reunification. Going immediately to the union
of the two territories would be a step bigger than the leg and more
difficult to understand for the international community.
"Reunification is a natural thing, but if the world is not prepared to
see us as part of Armenia, at least be prepared to accept us as an
independent territory," says Ghulyan.

President BakoSahakyan, noting that Nagorno-Karabakh has many friends
in Europe, draws attention to what he considers a paradox: "European
countries have very close relations with Azerbaijan - which is a
dictatorial regime that disrespects basic international principles
–simply because it is recognised. At the same time, they refuse having
institutional relations with Nagorno-Karabakh - which is a completely
democratic state - only because it is not recognized internationally.
This is ridiculous”.

According to Stepanakert, the justification for Western immobility
lies in Baku's "aggressive diplomacy." "European politicians do not
want to lose money. Some recent news shows how Azerbaijan uses
corruption," Ghulyan said. These statements were made just days after
the German newspaper SüddeutscheZeitung revealed that an ally of
German Chancellor Angela Merkel had received money to lobby for
Azerbaijan.

"In the West, people are not well informed about Nagorno-Karabakh.
Gaps are filled by Azeri propaganda because they have money and exert
pressure on a much larger scale," adds Armine Alexanyan, Deputy
Foreign Minister in the government of Stepanakert.

Knock down borders

For Armenia, Azerbaijan is not the only neighbor with whom relations
are problematic. There is also Turkey. Although there are flights
between Yerevan and Ankara and Istanbul, land borders are locked.
Fending off the two nations is still the spectre of ethnic cleansing
of the Armenian population at the hands of the Ottomans in 1915 during
First World War. Turkey does not recognize the Genocide, which for
Armenia is an undeniable historical fact. Everything happened more
than a century ago, but the wounds remain open, impeding good
relations between the two countries.

David and Davit are Armenians. Elif and Asya are Turks. The four are
between 16 and 18 years old and it is easy to see that there is
genuine friendship and complicity between them. They study together in
Dilijan, northern Armenia, in one of the 17 colleges of the United
World Colleges network in the world. Here there are 213 students from
82 different countries, who live and learn together. "Last year, the
Armenian and Turkish students organized a celebration to honor all
those who died. It was an opportunity for me to understand and
empathize with the pain of the Armenians," Elif says, sitting next to
Davit. In Turkey, she studied in a private school, but Asya attended
public education. Both have contrasting experiences. The first tells
that the subject was addressed in the classes, and they studied and
talked about the subject. But for the second, the reality was
different. "A university professor came to our school and gave a
presentation on the Armenian Genocide saying it never happened. In
public schools the curriculum is based on the denial of genocide,"
Asya reports.

Elif explains that in Turkey it is possible to find three different
views on the subject: there are the negationists, there are those who
admit that there were massacres but they do not accept to speak about
genocide, and there are still others who recognize the genocide.
"There is no doubt that we are two close peoples and two distant
neighbors," summarizes Asya. "There is a mental border because there
are no links between the two peoples," adds Elif. Both said that
living in Armenia showed them the cultural similarities between the
people. "It would be good if it was also possible to live with Azeri
students. I am sure they advocate peace," says David.

Perhaps the new generation may be able to bridge the walls that
politics has been building for decades. Perhaps the trenches, dug in
the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, may one
day be nothing more than fossils of a past conflict. Perhaps Lida and
Zora may one day return to Talish.

The journalist José Fialho Gouveia travelled at the invitation of the
European Friends of Armenia, an NGO in Brussels.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:54 AM

News.am, Armenia
Jan 4 2017
 
 
 
MP: Karabakh and Azerbaijan have equal rights to independence
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YEREVAN. – Several steps must be taken in order to achieve a breakthrough in the Karabakh settlement, Deputy Speaker of the Armenian parliament Eduard Sharmazanov told Armenian News- NEWS.am.

According to him, Azerbaijan primarily should be inclined to a peaceful settlement.

“There should be no hints at a military solution to this conflict. The Azerbaijani leadership must respect Karabakh people's right to self-determination,” said Sharmazanov.

The Deputy Speaker identified three principles: the principle of territorial integrity, the principle of non-use of force and the right of peoples to self-determination.

Eduard Sharmazanov noted that no one can decide on the fate of Karabakh without its leadership and without taking into account Karabakh people's opinion, since Karabakh withdrew from the USSR on the background of the same legislative norms as Armenia and Azerbaijan.

 According to Eduard Sharmazanov, without recognizing the legitimacy of Karabakh’s withdrawal from the USSR, Azerbaijan calls into question the legitimacy of its own independence.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 11:39 AM

News.am, Armenia
Jan 7 2018
 
 
Russian expert: Armenia should be ready for new aggression from Baku
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YEREVAN. – The situation around Karabakh is quite complicated, a researcher at Institute of World Economy and International Relations, political scientist Viktor Nadein-Raevsky told Armenian News- NEWS.am.

According to the political scientist, the situation of the Karabakh settlement is in limbo.

“It's quite difficult to calculate what some of the Baku provocateurs would do next,” said Viktor Nadein-Raevsky.

Azerbaijan continues to strive to take control of Nagorno-Karabakh people, or to occupy the territory, and squeeze out the peaceful Armenian population afterwards, noted expert.

“And while there are such aspirations, actual aspirations to continue genocide, it is difficult to predict where the political and military goals can lead Azerbaijani regime,” said the expert, adding that in 2016 the world public witnessed the Azerbaijani aggression.

He emphasized that Armenia understands perfectly: it is absolutely impossible to trust Baku.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:18 AM

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‘Artsakh is a Real Democracy,’ Says French Mayor Hosting ‘Days of Artsakh’
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LES PENNES-MIRABEAU, France—“Artsakh is a real democracy,” said the mayor of this southern French city, which is currently hosting a “Days of Artsakh” celebration, which features festivals and events in 10 French cities that have establishment “friendship cities” with towns and cities in Artsakh.

The statement was made by the Les Pennes-Mirabeau mayor, Monique Slissa, who is hosting the latest of the “Days of Artsakh” festival. The event is part of series of events dedicated to Artsakh in 10 French cities that have established “Friendship Cities,” with towns and municipalities in Artsakh.

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Les Pennes-Mirabeau mayor, Monique Slissa at “Days of Artsakh”

Slissa, speaking to the local La Provence newspaper, said that Artsakh’s democracy in unrivaled in the region. “For just this reason,” she said “that country deserves our support.”

“Armenian issues are close to my heart and for that reason Artsakh is also important for us. We decided to establish relations with Artsakh and Les Pennes-Mirabeau became the first French city to sign a cooperation agreements with the Martuni region of Artsakh,” Slissa told La Provence, adding that one of the first decision she made upon her election as mayor in 2001 was to dedicate the city’s main square to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide

The Festival program included, an exhibition by famous French photographer Yvan Travert called, “Artsakh: the Spirit of the Land”; another exhibit by French graphic artist Sylvain Savoia called, “Pilgrimage to Artsakh”; the screening of the documentary “We are Our Mountains” by French-Armenian film director Arnaud Khayadjanian; as well as a lecture by attorney Gerard Gergerian, entitled, “Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination and the Legal Aspects of the Artsakh Conflict,” during which advisor to the Artsakh’s State Minister, Artak Beglaryan, made a presentation.

In addition Slissa, member of the French Senate, former Mayor of Les Pennes-Mirabeau Miche,l Amiel, members of the City Council and heads of municipal departments are attending the events. Also present at the celebrations are Beglaryan, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Artsakh to France, Hovhannes Gevorgyan, and representatives of the Armenian community of France.

 

 

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:05 AM

News.am, Armenia
Jan 24 2018
 
 
Armenia president: Return of Karabakh to Azerbaijan is impossible
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President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan advised that Azerbaijani delegate to PACE should calm down and stop distorting his words.

“I was a participant in the just struggle of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. Why did I not mention the incidents in Khojaly, which you call a genocide? It was for the simple reason that immediately after those painful events, Ayaz Mutallibov, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, stated, in great detail and an informed way, facts that clearly showed who actually organised and carried out those massacres,” President said responding to Samed Seidov’s question.

     “Genocide is not a good thing. Surviving a genocide is not an honour; it is a suffering. I very much regret the trend in Azerbaijan to want whatever the Armenians have had. This is impermissible. Why do you need to call something that never occurred – and, in particular, that was not carried out by the Armenians – a genocide?

      As to those international organisations, the commitments we assumed and our fulfilment of them, you are simply wrong. There is no international organisation that would have adopted a decision that would have been rejected by Armenia. You tried to recall the United Nations Security Council resolutions. My advice to you, when you go into a topic, would be to really go into it and study it. The world knows that the United Nations Security Council has never discussed the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh. In 1993, the United Nations Security Council adopted four resolutions on stopping hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh area. After each resolution, Azerbaijan said it would not stop the fighting. It attempted new offensives and attacks, but as usual it suffered losses. In those four resolutions, the only commitment on Armenia was to use its reputation, authority and influence to get the hostilities to stop. To the credit of the then Government of Armenia, we honoured this one commitment. Azerbaijan – the one responsible for the hostilities – failed to stop the fighting.

      As you know, in 1994, the cease-fire agreement was signed, but it was signed under the influence of other factors, not the United Nations Security Council resolution. Unfortunately, the provisions of that cease-fire agreement are not being honoured. The agreement clearly states that the hostilities need to stop, and for a political solution, an extensive process of talks must be launched. As your own words clearly illustrate, you want the most in this process of negotiation – you want what is impossible. You want to return Karabakh to Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, xenophobia in Azerbaijan has gone so far that you are explicitly saying that you need Karabakh, but without the Armenians. That is impossible. It is never going to happen.

      The essence of the struggle of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh is very simple. It is a struggle for liberty and self-determination, and I am sure that that struggle cannot have anything but a positive outcome.”

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:57 AM

ARMINFO News Agency, Armenia
February 6, 2018 Tuesday



Dominique de Buman: The people of Artsakh have every right to choose
their destiny, like all other peoples of the world

: Yerevan February 06

Ani Mshetsyan. The people of Artsakh have every right to choose their
own destiny. Said the chairman of the National Council of Switzerland,
Dominique de Buman in Yerevan at a press conference with his Armenian
counterpart Ara Babloyan.

Buman also stressed the fact that Armenia's independence was
proclaimed during a serious ethnic conflict, during which both issues
of territorial law as well as issues of the people's right to
self-determination were encountered. "This issue should be resolved
exclusively within the framework of negotiations, taking into account
the UN conventions, the right of peoples to self-determination,
together with representatives of the OSCE Minsk Group. The people of
Nagorno-Karabakh have the right to choose their destiny, like all
other peoples, only in this way can peace and stability be achieved in
the region," Buman said.

Buman also noted that in 2013 Switzerland recognized the Armenian
Genocide in Ottoman Turkey and hopes that such crimes will not be
repeated in the future. However, as the speaker noted, it is very
important that the Armenian government was ready to sign the
Armenian-Turkish reconciliation protocols without any preconditions.
"Switzerland can only regret that these protocols have not come into
force, however, I am sure that through peaceful negotiations and
discussions, it is possible to achieve mutual understanding," Buman
said. At the same time, he stressed the fact that despite the blockade
of Armenia's borders in the East and West, the republic fixes
significant growth rates.

Answering the question about how de Buman assesses the fact that the
current president, Serzh Sargsyan, may become the next prime minister
of Armenia, de Buman stated that Switzerland has never interfered in
the affairs of other states.

NA Speaker Ara Babloyan noted that one of the most important napkins
discussed today was the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
"Armenia has always advocated that this issue be solved exclusively by
peaceful means under the leadership of the OSCE Minsk Group," Babloyan
said. He noted that the priority for the Armenian side in this issue
is observance of human rights, as well as the right of the people of
Artsakh to self-determination. Babloyan highly noted the fact that
Switzerland not only in 2013 adopted and condemned the Armenian
Genocide, but also imposed punishment for his denial.

The speaker also noted that an additional impetus for the development
of the Armenian-Swiss relations is the holding of the Francophonie
summit in Yerevan and the signing of a framework agreement between
Armenia and the European Union.

Today the delegation of Switzerland visited also the Memorial Complex
of Genocide Victims "Tsitsernakaberd" and paid tribute to the memory
of innocent victims. the genocide of 1915. Also, the Speaker of the
Swiss Parliament spoke from the rostrum of the National Assembly of
Armenia, and thenthe representatives of the delegation met with RA
Speaker Ara Babloyan.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:58 AM

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
February 6, 2018 Tuesday


Artsakh can no longer be ignored, the international community must
recognize it - Francois Rochebloine



YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 6, ARMENPRESS/ARTSAKHPRESS. The France-Artsakh
Friendship Circle has called on France to establish an open, direct
and constructive dialogue with the democratically-elected authorities
of the Republic of Artsakh.

The French friends of Artsakh expressed their confidence that nothing
can prevent the establishment of ties between France and Artsakh. In
this regard, the France-Artsakh Friendship Circle strictly condemns
Azerbaijan's attempts to intervene in France's consular activities as
well as to exert pressure on France to restrict the right to free
movement of Artsakh citizens.

The Friendship Circle notes that such a practice by Azerbaijan is
doomed to failure, and the consistent efforts aimed at strengthening
the ties between the peoples of France and Artsakh will continue as an
important factor for maintaining peace and stability in the South
Caucasus.

The Friendship Circle considers that Azerbaijan tries to counter peace
and cooperation by its isolation and confrontation policy which only
deepens the problems in the region.

“Azerbaijan's attempts to impose its authoritarian standards on
democratic France are really outrageous. I consider the restriction of
the freedoms of Artsakh citizens unacceptable", said Chairman of the
Friendship Circle Francois Rochebloine.

The France-Artsakh Friendship Circle recalls that Artsakh is a
signatory to the May 1994 trilateral ceasefire agreement, and thus
calls on France and other OSCE Minsk Group co-chair states to
establish direct contacts with the authorities of Artsakh and to
ensure to ensure impartiality in relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan
and Artsakh.

"Ignoring of diplomatic relations with Artsakh is violation of the
letter and spirit of the 1994 agreement", said François Rochebloine”.
In conclusion, he said, "This is also unrealistic, because the
conflict resolution cannot have any prospect without taking into
account the will of the people of Artsakh".

The Friendship Circle emphasizes that Artsakh has become a viable and
responsible democracy, noting that this state can no longer be
ignored, and the international community must recognize it.

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