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#141 Yervant1

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 11:35 AM

Bloomberg
Jan 3 2017
 
 
Azeri Oil Money Got a Pass From This Ethics Committee
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Leonid Bershidsky is a Bloomberg View columnist. He was the founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti and founded the opinion website Slon.ru.  
 
Jan 3, 2017 12:55 PM EST

After criticism from President-elect Donald Trump Congressional Republicans backed down from their decision Tuesday to silence and subjugate the quasi-independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Assuming they stick to the reversal, that's fortunate -- even if not for the reasons Trump had in mind when he tweeted his dismay at the original plan. The OCE was a rare entity that exposed the goings-on in the Washington "swamp" that Trump promised to drain -- including the inner workings of some shady alliances that have undermined America's moral authority and standing as a global values arbiter.

One of the OCE's most high-profile investigations concerned Azerbaijan, a small, oil-rich post-Soviet nation that has more people recognized as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International than Russia and Belarus combined. Azerbaijan is a hereditary dictatorship: President Ilham Aliyev succeeded his father in 2003 and has been in power ever since despite periodic rigged elections. It doesn't have a free press, and its economy is state-dominated; it's also involved in a festering conflict with neighboring Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh, a landlocked Armenian enclave handed to Azerbaijan by Stalin in 1923 but made autonomous. Armenia won the territory in 1994 after a protracted war and conflict has scarcely stopped since.

Azerbaijan is also a country that has a friendly relationship with the U.S. In 2014, it received more than $64 million in U.S. aid, both civilian and military. The aid kept coming steadily as Aliyev's dictatorship thrived thanks to high oil prices. 

In May and June, 2013, a delegation of 11 U.S. Congress members and 32 congressional staff members visited Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, to attend a conference called "U.S.-Azerbaijan: Vision for the Future." It was ostensibly funded by two non-profit groups, from which the U.S. legislators and their staff were allowed to accept travel. The OCE found, however, that the non-profits received the money for the trip from the Azerbaijani state-owned oil company, Socar, and one of the groups -- paid $750,000 by Socar -- had been set up just one month prior to the conference. While in Baku, all the U.S. legislators received "rugs of various sizes and value" as gifts, and some legislators and staffers also got crystal tea sets and silk scarves. 

It must have been clear to everyone concerned that the conference was a government-sponsored event. Aliyev even made an appearance. In July, 2015, however, the congressional Committee on Ethics cleared all participants in the junket of any wrongdoing, noting that "either on their own initiative or at the committee's recommendation, all members have voluntarily remedied, or committed to remedy, any impermissible gifts received." As for the travel expenses, the committee claimed the legislators and their aides couldn't have known they'd come from the Azerbaijani government. In any case, the expenses had been preapproved by the committee.

Azeri officials must be relieved at the OCE vote: They will be able to keep their "caviar diplomacy" -- applied in Europe as well as the U.S. -- out of the public limelight.

The U.S. has certain geopolitical reasons to be friendly with Azerbaijan. It is an alternative to Russia as a source of oil and gas for Turkey and Europe and, as a predominantly Muslim but secular state, an ally in the fight against terrorist groups like Islamic State. It is, however, a tyranny in a permanent state of war with far more liberal Armenia -- a country Freedom House ranks "partly free" compared with "not free" Azerbaijan. But despite its large and vocal diaspora, Armenia is a Russian ally, part of Russian President Vladimir Putin's pet economic project, the Eurasian Union free trade area.  Under recent U.S.  administrations, that closeness to Moscow has been a bigger sin than Baku's imprisonment of government critics.

Aliyev has paid generously to drive these advantages home to U.S. politicians. It employs the Podesta Group, led by the brother of key Democratic operative John Podesta, for $45,000 a month plus expenses, and it is unusually creative in its lobbying activities. It's hard to tell whether it's this creativity and generosity or any real U.S. strategic interest that makes the U.S. overlook the country's brutal dictatorship. A combination of both is likely: Without the "caviar diplomacy," Azerbaijan might be considered too small to defy declared U.S. values and principles for its sake.

When Trump tweeted Tuesday that Congress has more important things to do than to weaken the ethics watchdog, he was probably not thinking about the Azeribaijan investigation. Under Donald Trump's administration, the U.S. is probably going to drop the pretence of pursuing a values-based policy. The Trump organization has done business in Azerbaijan, partnering with the son of the country's transport minister to build a hotel in Baku. Trump canceled the Baku licensing deal after his election. But the ever-creative Azerbaijani embassy in Washington recently picked Trump's D.C. hotel as the venue for one of its trademark events "celebrating religious freedom and diversity." 

If the Trump administration continues U.S. support of Aliyev, at least it will be seen as openly and perhaps cynically calculating. Trump has no declared problems with authoritarian regimes. But Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans in Congress, who profess to stand on values, will appreciate some quiet about accepting junkets from Aliyev. The 2013 congressional delegation was a bipartisan group. The public wouldn't have found out about the trip if not for the pesky OCE.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

 

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 10:52 AM

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Society 14:25 19/01/2017 Region
Iranian official: The future generations of Azerbaijan will consider Iranians as their enemies

“The leadership of Azerbaijan makes efforts to write a history for the past which is nothing more than a distortion and falsification of history,” Advisor to the Deputy for International Affairs of the Head of Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Organization Seyed Reza Mir-Mohammadi noted the aforesaid. Panorama.am reports citing Arannyuz.ir Iranian news agency.

Turing to the policy of falsifying the historical facts run by Azerbaijan the Iranian high ranking official has particularly noted the following: “History can only be studied not rewritten. Currently we need to study the history of the Caucasus and namely the one referring to Azerbaijan. And we must take a responsibility to carry out that study. The younger generation of Azerbaijan is raised with these ideas and that challenge has turned into a real threat. If this policy of Azerbaijan continues the future generations of the Azerbaijani people will consider us (the Iranian people) as their enemies.”

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:26 PM

Council of Europe urged to investigate Azerbaijan bribery allegations
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption, after allegations that a former senior member was paid €2.39m  to engineer votes to protect the kleptocratic regime of Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, The Guardian reports.

Pieter Omtzigt, a centre-right Dutch parliamentarian, is urging PACE leaders to launch a “deep, thorough investigation by an independent panel” that makes its findings public.

“We see a lot of suspicious outcomes of votes and procedures on Azerbaijan,” Omtzigt told the Guardian. The Dutch Christian Democrat is the co-author of a resolution calling for an urgent investigation and overhaul of the assembly’s code of conduct.

The Council of Europe, which was created in 1949 to protect democracy and promote the rule of law, has 47 members including Russia and Turkey. Azerbaijan joined in 2001, but observers have long raised questions about the parliamentary assembly’s weak response to ballot-box stuffing and human rights violations in the oil-rich country.

Human rights groups have blamed “caviar diplomacy”, gifts of gold, silver, silk carpets and the regional fishy delicacy, which are showered on visiting dignitaries to the capital, Baku.

The latest allegations are centred on Italian politician Luca Volontè, the former chair of the centre-right group in the parliamentary assembly. He is being investigated by the Milan public prosecutor’s office for allegedly accepting €2.39m in bribes, in exchange for working for Azerbaijan in the parliamentary assembly. Human rights groups allege he played a key role in orchestrating the defeat of a highly critical report on the abuse of political prisoners in Azerbaijan in 2013. Volontè denies any wrongdoing.

Many senior parliamentarians have warned that failure to carry out an independent investigation would erode the credibility of the human rights body, which was inspired by Winston Churchill, and sends election monitors to every corner of Europe. “It is not credible if you tell other countries to be open and transparent if you do not investigate credible allegations of vote-rigging,” Omtzigt said.

One fifth of PACE’s 324 parliamentarians have signed Omtzigt’s resolution, which states that “recent, serious and credible allegations of grave misconduct” risk undermining public confidence in the assembly. The signatories are a cross-party coalition, drawn from 25 countries, including the UK, France, Germany, the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Greece and Ukraine.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:30 AM

Analyst: EU sends wrong message, rolling out red carpet before Aliyev
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 “The European Union’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ just got much quieter… Remarkably, Brussels dragged its feet to inform the public of an upcoming visit by Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev, who is coming to town on Monday (6 February) to personally inaugurate negotiations on a new EU-Azerbaijan partnership agreement,”  writes Giorgi Gogia, Director for the South Caucasus, in his article published in the EU Observer.

According to the author, the lack of transparency in Baku is not a surprise any more. The Azerbaijani authorities are extremely hostile to their critics, opposition activists, journalists, and other dissidents.

" But the secrecy around the visit suggests that Baku’s deeply problematic approaches to transparency are rubbing off on the EU. Is the EU really so quick to set aside its own commitments to transparency and accountability? Apparently so. " writes the author.

As Gogia notes, the officials have been too secretive during a dozen official meetings in Brussels on January 26 and 27 about Aliev’s visit. “Once we understood it was in the works, and pressed for some, any, information, officials and diplomats flatly refused to share the date of the visit,” he said.

One of the diplomats even confessed, that the agreement about the information about the visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will not come out of the holy walls of European foreign policy service. According to him, they learned about Aliyev’s visit last week only, after the agenda of the European Commission president had been updated.

" Does the EU fear publicity of Aliyev’s trip to Brussels and inevitable criticism of Azerbaijan’s human rights record and the EU’s failure in pressing for reforms? It may fear it, but that criticism would be well-earned,” considers Gogia.

In his viewpoint, the EU seems not to be much concerned about the criticism addressed to Azerbaijan in regard to the attacks on human rights defenders.  Instead, it manifests a great interest in receiving economic benefits from the relationship with Baku. “As EU officials quietly prepare to roll out the red carpet and treat the Azerbaijani strongman with fanfare, it should make sure that this deepening relationship is the one adhering to its own principles of ‘democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms,’ as it committed to in all of its negotiations with third party countries,” concludes Gogia.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:27 PM

MINSK, Belarus (A.W.)— On Feb. 7, the Supreme Court of Belarus rejected Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin’s appeal and upheld the decision of the Prosecutor General’s office to extradite him to Azerbaijan. Lapshin’s lawyer, Natalya Shekina, said that the extradition will take place as soon as a date is announced, according to a report by Yerevan-based Armenpress news.

Alexander Lapshin

Shekina added that Lapshin’s wife has requested additional protection from the Department of Citizen and Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus. Lapshin’s wife has also filed a complaint to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.

Lapshin faces criminal prosecution in Azerbaijan for “illegal border crossing” and “public calls against the country.” Following the Supreme Court decision, Nagorno-Karabagh (NKR/Artsakh) President Spokesperson Davit Babayan said that Lapshin’s extradition is a “challenge” to Israel.

“The decision causes serious damage to the credibility of the country,” Babayan told reporters on Feb. 7, adding, “We deem the decision of Belarus as scandalous, disgraceful, and illegal.”

Babayan said that he is confident that the people of Belarus do not support the decision and believes that Israel should suspend cooperation with Azerbaijan, especially since the life of Lapshin will be under serious threat in Azerbaijani prison.

Earlier in the day, the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of South America delivered a letter of protest to the Ambassador of Belarus in Argentina regarding the decision to extradite Lapshin.

“We wish to convey our most sincere concern over the decision of the Republic of Belarus to grant the extradition of the digital journalist Alexander Lapshin to the Republic of Azerbaijan,” read the letter signed by the Armenian National Committee of South America and Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) of South America.
 



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

The Belarus Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a government decision to extradite a popular Israeli travel blogger to Azerbaijan, where he will face criminal prosecution for insulting the leader of the Central Asian nation and making unauthorized visits to its disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
 

Alexander Lapshin, 40, could be handed over to Baku authorities as early as Tuesday, reports in local news sites said.

Lapshin, who holds Russian, Israeli, and Ukrainian citizenship, appealed the Belarusian Prosecutor General’s Office decision to extradite him to Baku at a lower court last month.

The Minsk City Court rejected his January 26 appeal seeking to overturn the extradition order, prompting Lapshin to turn to the Supreme Court.

No reason was given for either court’s rulings, and both hearings were held behind closed doors.

A last-minute application for political asylum filed to the Minsk City Court by Lapshin’s lawyer was likely to be rejected as well, Army Radio reported.

Israeli officials have sought to prevent Lapshin’s extradition, but are reportedly not optimistic at the chances of success as Baku officials have made it clear the government has “no intention” of withdrawing the request.

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman confirmed to The Times of Israel on Tuesday that Jerusalem officials were aware of the developments in Lapshin’s case.

“We are following the developments closely, and are in contact with all relevant parties through diplomatic and consular channels,” Emmanuel Nahshon said.

In December, Azerbaijan issued an international arrest warrant for Lapshin on charges of “violating the state border” over several visits to Nagorno-Karabakh along the Armenian border without coordinating with the authorities in the capital, Baku.

Reports in Hebrew-language media said Lapshin had also published Russian-language blogs critical of Azerbaijani President Ilham Alyev.

According to Azerbaijan’s Report AZ news agency, the General Prosecutor’s Office in Baku said that between April 2011 and October 2012, Lapshin “entered the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, promoted illegal regime in his own website… named the Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state. He has also called on infringement of territorial integrity of internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan.”

His wife, Ekaterina Kopylova, told the Haaretz daily last month that Israeli officials have been denied visits to him in jail. And MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union) has warned the Foreign Ministry that Lapshin’s life could be endangered if he is extradited.

Lapshin’s arrest in Minsk on December 13 at the request of the Azerbaijani government coincided with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rare visit to central Asian nation.

A secular state that has long had warm relations with Israel, the overwhelmingly Muslim Azerbaijan is one of Israel’s main trading partners, buying weapons systems and providing the Jewish state with the lion’s share of its oil.

During his visit, Netanyahu ahiled cooperation with Baku as a positive example of Muslim-Jewish coexistence.

Earlier this year, Armenian forces claimed Baku deployed Israeli-made kamikaze drones in a battle against them in the ongoing fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Raphael Ahren contributed to this report



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

Russian Israeli Blogger Alexander Lapshin’s Impending Extradition Latest Example of Aliyev’s Crackdown on Free Media

NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committees of Greater Washington (ANC of GW) and New York (ANC of New York) held simultaneous protests in front of Belarus’ diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C. and New York City on Jan. 29, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:32 PM

:angryfire:  Belarus Extradites Russian Blogger To Azerbaijan

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MINSK -- Russian blogger Aleksandr Lapshin was flown from Minsk to Baku over objections from Moscow that he be sent Russia.

Lapshin's extradition to Azerbaijan on February 7 occurred hours after the Belarusian Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a lower court to send Lapshin to Baku.

The Russian blogger, who also has Israeli citizenship, is wanted by Azerbaijan on allegations of supporting the independence of Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Belarusian Deputy State Prosecutor Alyaksey Stuk signed the extradition order on January 18.

Lapshin, who lives in Moscow and writes a Russian-language travel blog, was detained in Minsk in mid-December on the basis of Baku's extradition request.

Azerbaijani prosecutors accuse Lapshin of illegally visiting Nagorno-Karabakh in 2011 and 2012 and calling for the recognition of the breakaway region's independence by posting two statements online.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Minsk to "unconditionally" release Lapshin.

"Lapshin should not be jailed for expressing his opinions or traveling to a disputed region," Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, said in a January 13 statement.

If Lapshin is convicted in Baku, he could face up to eight years in prison there.

 



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 04:20 PM

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:10 PM

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Դերբենտի ոստիկանության քաղաքային վարչությունում պահվում են Ադրբեջանի ավելի քան 200 քաղաքացիներ, հաղորդում է Ազադլիք ռադիոկայանը։

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:13 PM



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:41 PM

Interfax - Russia & CIS General Newswire
February 22, 2017 Wednesday 9:24 PM MSK


Azerbaijan opens criminal case against Armenian, Spanish, British
scientists who excavated in Karabakh

BAKU. Feb 22

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office has opened a criminal case
against scientists from Armenia, Spain and the United Kingdom who
conducted field studies in the territory of the unrecognized
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic; a request was sent to Interpol, the press
service for the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office said.

"The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office has initiated a criminal
case under various articles of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code due to
excavations in the Azokh Cave located in the occupied territories
carried out by Levon Yepiskoposyan, employee of the Armenian National
Academy of Sciences' Institute of Molecular Biology, Yolanda Fernandez
Jalvo, researcher of the Spanish National Research Council, Tanya
King, director of the British Blandford Museum's Azokh Project and
Peter Andrew, researcher of the London Natural History Museum since
2002," the press service said.

"A court ruled to arrest the aforementioned individuals, Azerbaijan
put them on the international wanted list and sent a request to
Interpol," the press service said.

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office said that the Spanish
National Natural History Museum and the Science and Technology
Ministry, the UK's Galway Institute and the London branch of the
Armenian General Benevolent Union are suspected of providing
"financial and other aid to excavations."

Baku is currently considering whether the aforementioned activity
complies with Azerbaijani legislation and norms of international
humanitarian law.



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:42 PM

Transitions online, Czech Republic
Feb 23 2017
 
 
Azerbaijan Strategizes Return to Karabakh

President orders to rebuild ruined village in a showcase of the country's progress in regaining disputed region.

23 February 2017

With mine clearing work under way, Azerbaijan is going at full speed to repopulate a village that it gained full access to last spring.

 

 

 
President Ilham Aliev (pictured) signed an order last month to fund the construction of 50 private houses in Jojug Marjanli, as well as a school and other infrastructure, including roads to the village, Azernews writes.

 

 

Azerbaijani forces retook a nearby strategic hilltop and other areas around the village in last April’s so-called “four-day war” with Armenian forces.

 

Jojug Marjanli lies near the Iranian border, south of Armenian-held Nagorno-Karabakh. The village changed hands several times during the war with Armenia over the region in the early 1990s, finally ending up under Azeribaijani control when the 1994 ceasefire was signed. But demining and reconstruction work, much less repopulating the village, was impossible until Azeri forces secured the area last spring, EurasiaNet.org writes.

 

Resettlement of the village served up a PR opportunity for Azerbaijan's government. Last week the government organized a trip for heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Azerbaijan to visit the village and observe the restoration work, Vestnik Kavkaza reports.

 

Restoring the village is a curtain raiser for the government’s “Great Return” program of eventually restoring its control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding Armenian-held districts, the deputy head of the State Committee for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Fuad Huseynov, told EurasiaNet.

 

  • The success of the spring military operation may embolden Baku to new attempts at recovering Nagorno-Karabakh, EurasiaNet's sources feared.

 

  • Azerbaijan has issued an international arrest warrant for a Czech member of the European Parliament, Jaroslav Stetina, and two other deputies it accuses of repeatedly entering Armenian-occupied Karabakh while serving as referendum observers there, Lidove noviny reports.

 

  • Belarus recently extradited Russian-Israeli travel blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to face charges of illegally entering Nagorno-Karabakh, a fact that brought a complaint from Moscow, RFE/RL reported.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 11:06 AM

The Charlatan, Carlton University, Ottawa - Canada

March 1 2017
 
 
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The tunnel mural of the Armenian Students’ Association (ASA) was found defaced and covered with propaganda posters on the morning of Feb. 27.

Serge Iskedijan, senior executive member of the ASA, said he and his club suspect the incident is a hate crime, and reported the incident to Campus Safety.

Iskedijan said Campus Safety has involved the Ottawa Police in the case.

“We were deeply appalled that they chose to attack the mural . . . The mural is a depiction of just our historical background,” he said. “There’s nothing political about the mural. We’re not sending a message, and we don’t want people to interpret it that way.”

According to a statement on the ASA’s Facebook page, the posters were not approved by the Carleton University Students’ Association, and were not found anywhere else on school grounds.

The ASA said in the statement that they condemn “any sort of hate speech and discrimination towards any race, ethnicity or faith.”

This mural defacing was not the first time his club has encountered hostility, according to Iskedijan.

The posters placed on the mural appeared to be part of a campaign called “Justice for Khojaly.” Khojaly is a city in Azerbaijan, neighbouring Armenia.

The Justice for Khojaly campaign aims to raise awareness for an incident that took place during the Nagorno-Karabakh War where Azerbajani civilians were killed by Armenian armed forces, according to the Justice for Khojaly website.

Iskedijan said Campus Safety has forwarded information about the case to the intelligence unit of the Ottawa Police, which will determine whether or not the incident will be considered a hate crime.

The Charlatan reached out to Campus Safety regarding the incident with the ASA’s mural but did not receive a response in time of publication.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 12:33 PM

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 12:20 PM

Luxemburg MFA reminds Azerbaijan that conflicts are resolved through diplomacy
12:06, 04.03.2017
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The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg has gently reminded Baku that conflicts are resolved through diplomacy.

Commenting—while speaking to L’essentiel news website of Luxembourg—on Azerbaijan authorities’ discontent over European Parliament member Frank Engel’s (Luxembourg) recent visit to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the spokesperson of Jean Asselborn, the Minister of Foreign of Luxembourg, recalled, citing Asselborn, that his country has not severed diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan.

“Luxembourg has never severed ties with anyone, and it is not interested in this now, as well,” noted the spokesperson, citing his country’s FM. “Conflicts should be viewed differently; the objective of diplomacy is in this.”

Also, the Luxemburg MFA representative reminded that his country’s relations with Azerbaijan are not so active, and that Luxembourg does not have an embassy in Baku.

https://news.am/eng/news/376750.html



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 11:08 AM

U.S. diplomat condemns statement of Azerbaijani scholar specializing in literary science
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans  commented on the words of Azerbaijani scholar specializing in literary science, Meti Osmanoglu that every Turk’s duty is to kill at least one Armenian.

“This is incitement to murder, if not to genocide, pure and simple,” he tweeted.

Meti Osmanoglu shared his memories about a dialogue between Artsakh  writer Levon Adyan and Azerbaijani translator and literary critic Abbas Abdulla.

 “I remember Levon’s conversations with Abbas Abdulla, who told Levon: Every Turk’s duty is to kill at least one Armenian. Levon, come on, I will kill you, too,” said Osmanoglu.

https://news.am/eng/news/377058.html


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:41 AM

Armenian community protests against Aliyev’s visit to France 

 
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15:34, 15 March, 2017 
 
YEREVAN, MARCH 15, ARMENPRESS. The Armenian community of France on March 14 held a protest on the occasion of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to France, Nouvelle d'Armenie reports. 
 
Earlier Murad Papazian – CoChairman of the Coordination Council of the Armenian Organizations of France, ARF Bureau Member, informed that the protest will be held aimed at condemning Aliyev’s visit, as well as supporting the issue of self-determination of Artsakh and its people. 
 
“We must make sure that media will cover our initiative. The protest will be held in a place where there are always a large number of people, as well as tourists. It is expected many people will take part in the protest”, Papazian said earlier. 
 
The protests were held in Paris, Lyon and Marseille. 
 





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