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Minister: Baku’s permission urgent for Nagorno-Karabakh trip

“Those who trip to Azerbaijan’s lands occupied by Armenia without official notification and permission by Azerbaijani authorities violate Azerbaijan’s legislation,” Today Az. quoted Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Elkhan Polukhov as saying.

Earlier spokesperson of the Lithuanian Ekranas football club Gyadas Sarochka was expelled from Baku because of visa of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on his passport. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Azerbaijan Press, Turkish Press No Comments » July 2009

Caucasus Institute director talks straight about Karabakh

Iskandaryan: As for ideas I might have on what should be done, theoretically, yes, but practically, unfortunately, I can’t really see a real prospect of solving the Karabakh problem

Iskandaryan: You [Turks] should bring something important before October. It can be something like opening the border for one day a week or, I don’t know, two days a week. Or open it for a month. It could be a statement, a real statement with a real road map, because they talked about a road map, and nobody’s seen it, and everybody in Yerevan says it does not exist

Iskandaryan: Before independence, Karabakh was a part of Armenia, and this is not accepted by the Azerbaijan elite, by the regime. It normally forces somebody else to follow, [somebody] who says that we lost Karabakh so give us one, two, three, five regions. Karabakh will become independent or will become part of Armenia. We have lost this region. So there is no real issue for negotiations Read the rest of this entry »

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No progress in Karabakh talks, says Azerbaijani FM

Azerbaijan’s foreign minister has said last week’s meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia bore no progress in resolving a long-standing territorial dispute.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s Serge Sarkisian met Friday in Moscow to discuss the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The mountainous region is a part of Azerbaijan that has been under the control of Armenian troops and ethnic Armenian forces since a 1994 cease-fire ended six years of war. The international community does not recognize its unilateral independence. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in support of Azerbaijan in the conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » July 2009

Armenian, Azerbaijani leaders to meet in Moscow

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan are set to meet Friday in Moscow in talks that might open a “new page” in negotiations in the 15-year conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“The meeting is very important, and we hope to take the final steps toward resolving the conflict,” said Russian diplomat Yuri Merzlyakov. “Both [presidents] aim to attain results at this meeting.”

But another Russian diplomat has diminished hope for a possible agreement by saying “there were no plans to sign any documents at this stage.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » July 2009

US hails Karabakh peace talks as ‘breakthrough’

Ahead of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents’ key meeting in Russia, US mediator of the Minsk Group Matt Bryza tells the Daily News that the strengthening dialogue has brought mediation efforts to a ‘new and hopeful level’ and welcomes Moscow’s contributions

The United States has welcomed the progress in the peace process between regional rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan concerning the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

“There is a real breakthrough in negotiations,” said Matt Bryza, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. The U.S. official on Monday attended the European Union’s flagship Nabucco natural gas pipeline project signing ceremony in Ankara, where he spoke to the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review. Read the rest of this entry »

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Turkey welcomes Minsk Group’s Karabakh statement

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has welcomed a joint statement from the United States, France and Russia as the co-chairmen of OSCE’s Minsk Group on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

In a statement released from the Group of Eight summit in Italy on Friday, the United States, France and Russia called for the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to settle a long-running row over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The three countries said they “affirm our commitment” to efforts by Armenia and Azerbaijan to finalize “the basic principles for the settlement” of the conflict.

A day after the so-called Minsk Group’s statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the joint statement referred to the “basic principles for the settlement of the Karabakh problem” submitted to Armenia and Azerbaijan on November 2007 in Madrid, noting that “the principles in question formed a whole, reflecting the stances of both parties.”

“The parties should assume a constructive approach and consider the importance given to the matter by the co-chairmen. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia should achieve a final solution in this conflict, which continues to be a bleeding wound for the south Caucasus region,” the Anatolia news agency quoted the ministry’s statement as saying.

Border issue:

Nagorno-Karabakh is an enclave in Azerbaijan that has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces since a six-year conflict that killed about 30,000 people and displaced 1 million before a truce was reached in 1994.

Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in support of Azerbaijan during its conflict with Armenia. Mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, who have been monitoring peacemaking efforts, had reported in early May that they saw signs of progress.

As peace efforts in the South Caucasus intensify, Armenia has reaffirmed it wants to restore ties with Turkey and open its borders without any preconditions.

The statement came from Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, who spoke at a joint news conference with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Armenian dailies reported. “As it was previously said, Armenia is ready to normalize relations with Turkey without any preconditions,” he said. “Now we are waiting for a response from the Turkish side.”

Source: Hurriyet
URL: www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkey-welcomes-minsk-group8217s-karabakh-statement-2009-07-12

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Parties agree Karabakh pullout, says Aliyev

Azerbaijan’s president said parties have reached consensus to begin withdrawal from the Azerbaijani territories surrounding the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory, marking the most revealing announcement to date on the details of the peace process with Armenia.

“The pullback from five Azerbaijani territories is reflected in the OSCE’s Minsk Group proposals, and only after the complete withdrawal can there be discussion of a status for Karabakh,” President Ilham Aliyev said over the weekend. “It may take a year, maybe 10 years, maybe 100 years, or it will never be possible. Time will tell,” Aliyev said. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin Posted in: Turkish Press No Comments » July 2009