A very interesting article on Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan interview to Euronews TV channel. I publish the whole article:
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Nagorno Karabakh was not a part of independent Azerbaijan, the Armenian President stated.
“It was the Caucasus Bureau of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union which attached Nagorno Karabakh to Azerbaijan. History is well-known… The international community does not have a different vision,” Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with Euronews.
“Why did the international community acclaim the collapse of the Soviet Union and not consider Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan part and parcel of the Soviet Union? — still saying Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan? It is not logical, is it?” he said.
Asked what kind of compromises he is willing to make in order to achieve a peaceful resolution of Karabakh conflict, President Sargsyan said, “One cannot eliminate the consequences of this conflict without addressing its causes. And when speaking about the causes… we talk about recognizing the people of Nagorno Karabakh’s right of self determination… the recognition of this right and its implementation. The other problems will be solved rapidly after that. The Armenian parts of this conflict, Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, are profoundly interested in a swift resolution of this conflict. But a sustainable resolution that would allow for peace and security in the region, as opposed to giving Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh, which would spell the end of its existence.”
“What does the international community propose to us? To solve this conflict on the basis of three principles of international law: firstly, self-determination; secondly, territorial integrity; and thirdly, the non-use of force. I propose, through you, the media, to appeal to Azerbaijan to sign an agreement not to use force. This would instill trust in the Armenian people of Karabakh and Armenia. And under these conditions of trust we would begin the negotiations for a settlement. We Armenians know very well what Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity means. We’ve talked about it openly several times. The Azerbaijanis… can they say what the right of self-determination means for the people of Nagorno Karabakh? When we issue joint declarations about the right of self-determination, Azerbaijan is not talking about the Armenian people’s right to self-determination but of the right of the main player in the conflict… the people of Nagorno Karabakh,” he said.
European Human Rights Court made a verdict on a case of Cyprus citizens demanding their property lost in Northern Cyprus occupied by Turkey more than 35 years ago. The court declined the appeal claiming one injustice can not be substituted by another one, northern Cyprus citizens can not have their homes back because 35 years have passed.
If the European Human Rights Court claims so, this should be definitely mentioned during the talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The later regularly mentions its refugees from Republic of Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic to go back. Besides the fact, that the number of Azero-Turkish refugees was about 500,000 during the conflict, while during following years the number has been artificially risen up to a million, the refugees have left the region about 20 years ago already. And the claim, that one injustice must be substituted by another one, should be used in any conflict in all times. And the verdict of European Human Rights Court should become a precedent for other similar problems around the world to solve the situation once and for all.
A wedding with participation of 700 couples took place in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic. Ceremonies took place in St. Ghazanchetsots church in Shushi and Gandzasar monastery. At the recently reconstructed Republic Stadium in Stepanakert the coulples were given certificates and wedding presents. Each couples was given golden cards equal to 2500 USD. After birth of the first child each couple will be given 2 thousands USD, 2nd – 3 thousands, 3rd – 5 thousands, 4th – 10 thousands, 5th – 20 thousands, 6th – 50 thousands, 7th – 100 thousands. During the ceremony the president of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic made a speech, congratulating the couples.
During the government session Azerbaijan president Illham Aliev, a pseudo-supporter of peace process in the South Caucasus and Armenian Highland, claims Azerbaijan is going to keep on attacking Armenia in all aspects, which is under blockade by Azerbaijan and Turkey since the mid-90-s, Panorama says. The pseudo supporter of democracy, who has occupied the president position after his father, former president of Azerbaijan Heidar Aliev’s death, in spite of uncountable accuses in falsifying the election results, Aliev today keeps on performing the anti-Armenian policy aimed at complete isolation of the latter. The task seems much easier in the recent years due to the oil and gas pipelines which bring immense income both to the budget of Azerbaijan and to Aliev’s personal account.
Today having a serious source of income, as well as being a stable partner for the West in the process of transportation Azerbaijani oil to Europe bypassing Russia, Aliev can afford any machinations during the elections (which he is accused in by independent organizations), any human right and freedom of speech abuses in his country (which the international society seems to refuse to see), now he starts another stage of anti-Armenian action, which he try to tie to the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic independence process, but actually aims at uniting with the elder brother Turkey, which the only troubling factor is Christian Armenia, the last part of which today tries to keep its independence in spite of double-side blockade. And the longer international society refuse to realize the anti-logical and anti-human processes initiated by Turkish states, the farther they will go.
Panarmenian reports Turkish Hurriet information, which basing on diplomatic sources claim the Turkish-Armenian border may be opened soon, which was closed since 1993. The two neighbouring countries have dispute over recognition of Armenian Genocide, which Turkey denies to accept, as well as on Artsakh conflict, where Turkey support its partner Azerbaijan and refuses the independence of Artsakh Karabakh Independent Republic. The warming in relations of Armenia and Turkey started after Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan invited his Turkish counterpart to Armenia for watching the football game between the two countries, which was accepted by Abdullah Gul and the visit took place on September 6.
The recent warming in Armenia-Turkey relations brought to discontent of Azerbaijan, a strategic partner of Turkey. The two countries implement double-side blockade against Armenia since 1993, the reason was that Armenia demands the recognition of 1.5 million Armenians genocide in Western Armenia and the rest of Ottoman Empire starting from 1876-1923, which Turkey denies. The other reason was Artsakh (Karabakh) war, initiated by Azerbaijan aiming at preventing the independence of Artsakh, which once was granted to Azerbaijan in early 20s of 20th century by Josef Stalin.
During the referendum organized within the frames of Artsakh (Karabakh) in 1991 the people of the region has made their decision of solving the mistake made by Stalin in the start of 20th century and leave the structure of Azerbaijan according to the Soviet Constitution acting at that moment. The followed military actions initiated by Azerbaijani officials aiming at preventing the independence of Artsakh brought to a war lasted until 1994, factual capitulation of Azerbaijan and signing of unlimited ceasefire.
Today Armenia goes towards rapprochement with Turkey, as well as Turkey started positive steps towards its neighbour, but Azerbaijan doesn’t seem to wish normalization of relations in the South Caucasus: since the time Turkish president accepted its Armenian counterpart invitation, Azerbaijan mass-media stated a complete hysteria aimed at blocking any positive steps towards Armenia. The highest levels of Azerbaijani government claimed in panic confronting messages against Turkish steps towards the improvement of situation in South Caucasus. The Department head of Azerbaijani President’s Office warns:
Turkish President’s visit to Armenia is not the one to be forgotten tomorrow… We will see everything in a month or two. Maybe, those criticizing this visit will repent for its consequences. Theoretically, it is also possible
In any case Turkish president visited Armenia and met Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan. Turkish and Armenian mass-media claim this visit will serve a good basis for common rapprochement of both societies, the time of confrontation is left behind and tense relations are not wished either in Armenia, or in Turkey.
It seems all the parts interested in stabilization and improvement of the situation in South Caucasus are satisfied with the current situation, but Azerbaijan. The special rapporteur of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Nagorno Karabakh and Georgia Goran Lennmarker says:
Improvement of relations between Armenia and Turkey will have positive influence on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict
The Armenian communities around the world are planning to develop a united resolution on Artsakh (Karabakh) conflict final solution by the end of this year, says World Armenian Congress head Aram Sargsyan. Netherlands Armenian community has already adopted the resolution and about 40 communities around the world are still to adopt it and inform the governmental bodies about the position of Armenian community of each country.