News from Karabagh

 

Political analyst: Activation of meetings between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan intends to revive real work in framework of negotiation process
/Jan 12/Arminfo/Ani Mshetsyan/

The Karabakh conflict will not be resolved either in 2019, or in 2020, or in 2021.  It is not at the stage on which it is possible to reach a final decision.  Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan said this on January 11 in an interview with ArmInfo correspondent.

He noted that these conflicts are never resolved quickly, and the Karabakh conflict is still quite young. "What is happening now is an attempt to revive real work within the framework of the negotiation process. All parties pursue different interests. For example, the Azerbaijani side is trying to achieve some kinds of concessions for itself. Basically, the matter concerns the issue of presenting Azerbaijan as a constructive country. Indeed, until today, the situation was such that it was the Armenian side that was constructive, and Azerbaijan, with its position, torpedoed the negotiation process. Now Azerbaijan is trying to change this configuration and show that it is ready to take certain steps, bu Armenia does not agree," the expert stressed.

The political analyst also noted that Armenia in this situation is trying to normalize the negotiation process, as it is one of the security formats. "Yes, the negotiation process is not the most brilliant one and this security format does not always work. Thus, Armenia wants to reanimate it. The interests of the two countries coincide in a certain sense, and this is due to the

intensification of the negotiation process, but the parties have completely different goals, " Iskandaryan concluded.

To note, on January 8, the press secretary of the Armenian Foreign Ministry Anna Naghdalyan confirmed that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs offered to hold the next meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and Azerbaijan – Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov in January. To recall, the last meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan was held on December 5 in Milan with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. 
 

Thomas de Waal: Nikol Pashinyan is going to just try to hold on to the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
/Jan 12/Arminfo/Alexandr Avanesov/

Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is going to just try to hold on to the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This was stated in an interview to Caucasus Watch by British political scientist, a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, Thomas de Waal. 

According to him, he believes, that there will not be many changes, at least not soon. " Pasinyan is going to just try to hold on to the status quo and this is probably not to the liking of Azerbaijan. Baku wants to see either a more active peace process or it wants to shake up the situation with some kind of military action. It does not want to see a quiet status quo, but a quiet status quo is unfortunately what I think the new Armenian leadership wants", the British political scientist said. 

Further, referring to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he noted that the conflict is difficult to resolve and cannot be quickly resolved.

Thomas de Waal noted that there is very weak international mechanism in place.  "There is a small monitoring mission with six OSCE observers, as well as the very modest Minsk group under the co-chairmanship format that is trying to mediate the conflict. So basically, everything comes down to the will and decision-making of the leaders on both sides", the political scientist said. 
 

Baku rejects an offer to hold direct talks with Karabakh
/Jan 12/Turan Information Agency, Azerbaijan [Opposition] Press/

Baku – Azerbaijan will continue isolating Armenia until the occupied territories are liberated, President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on the results of 2018.

As for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, Baku"s position is unchanged – the issue should be resolved within the framework of the territorial integrity of our country.

At the initial stage, the new leadership of Armenia tried to convince Azerbaijan to negotiate with Nagorno-Karabakh.

"We immediately rejected such attempts. Of course, the mediators involved in resolving the conflict also could not support such an incomprehensible approach and expressed their opinion. As a result, the negotiation process was restored. Several meetings of the ministers of foreign affairs have already taken place, and negotiations are being held between Armenia and Azerbaijan," said Aliyev.

Regarding the prospects for settlement, Aliyev stated that the recent changes in Armenia were the result of a deep crisis in this country.

"I have never concealed it and from various tribunes openly declared that we use all means to isolate Armenia until our lands are liberated," said Aliyev.
 

Zakharova calls cases of deporting Russian citizens of Armenian origin from Azerbaijan as gross violation
/Jan 11/Armenpress/

YEREVAN – Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the cases of deportation of Russian citizens of Armenian origin from the Baku airport, reports Armenpress.

During today’s briefing Zakharova told reporters that the deportation of Russian citizens from Azerbaijan for ethnic reasons is a gross violation of the rights of those persons. “I have seen many reports about this, including in social networks. A similar incident was also registered during the holidays, but we have also seen similar cases in the past. We have regularly raised this issue before the Azerbaijani leadership, we have said that unfortunately such cases become a tradition, incorrect and bad tradition”, Zakharova said.

She said recently a report has been posted in social networks, but it is not the first case of discriminatory attitude towards Russian citizens for ethnic reasons. Maria Zakharova said at least 16 cases of rejecting the visit to Azerbaijan for ethnic reasons have been recorded in 2018. In line with this, the citizens of Russia have been kept in the airport for hours, and then were deported violently, but no official reason has been mentioned. “Such facts, in our opinion, are gross violations of the rights of the citizens of Russia”, Zakharova said.

She noted that these cases contradict the spirit of several Russian-Azerbaijani contracts and agreements. “The Russian foreign ministry has repeatedly drawn the attention of the Azerbaijani side on the impermissibility of the current situation. We called on them to stop this practice. It is not in line with the friendly relations of the two countries”, she said.

Maria Zakharova informed that the Azerbaijani side assured to improve the situation.

On December 29 citizen of Russia Kristina Gevorgyan said on Facebook that she has spent 13 hours at the Baku airport. She informed that she planned to celebrate the New Year holidays in Azerbaijan but was stopped at the passport control point. She informed that except from her two other families were also not allowed to visit Baku due to one of the relatives holding an Armenian surname.

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