The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs hope that the negotiations over the Karabakh conflict settlement will be intensified, Igor Popov, Russian Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, told reporters in Baku on July 23.
"Meetings today in Baku with the Pres and FM to discuss #NKpeace. A negotiated settlement is possible if the parties are ready and willing", OSCE Minsk Group co-chair from US James Warlick twitted.
A criminal case is initiated in Azerbaijan for German Sterligov, the Russian businessman. According to the Azerbaijani mass-media this has been declared in the joint statement of the Ministry of Exterior and the General Prosecutor's Office.
On July 22, in accordance with the arrangement reached with the authorities of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, the OSCE Mission conducted a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the eastern direction of the Talish village of the NKR Martakert region.
The status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakhconflict is unacceptable for theEuropean Union, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said on July 22 during a press conference with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Azerbaijan's provocative actions on the Line of Contact of the Artsakh and Azerbaijani armed forces fit into the public policy of a terrorist and fascist state - Azerbaijan, David Babayan, Spokesman for the Nagorno-Karabakh President, has told ArmInfo.
Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan's July 20 behaviour has shown that it is time the international society make targeted statements and take a specific approach towards all the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict sides, Armenian Parliament deputy Tevan Poghosyan has told ArmInfo journalist.
"Heritage" Party deputy Tevan Poghosyan is suggesting deploying OSCE Minsk Group mediators' office near the Line of Contact of the Artsakhi and Azeri troops. This, he has told ArmInfo journalist, will decrease the escalation in the conflict zone.
Baku's destructive position is jeopardizing Armenia and OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs' efforts bent for some advancement of the negotiations process on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Edward Nalbandian told OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs Igor Popov (Russia), James Warlick (USA) and Pierre Andrieu (France) during their meeting on July 20.
Without having specified the Nagorno-Karabakh status there is no way of finding a comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh conflict, James Warlick, an American co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, said during a July 20 press conference in Yerevan.
The deployment of peacemakers is to be one of the points of the negotiations-based comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh conflict, James Warlick, American co- chair at OSCE Minsk Group, told at a July 20 press conference in Yerevan.
The European Games in Baku were the best gift to the Armenian side, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a joint press conference with President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
"The financial aid allocated by the US Senate Committee on Appropriations is meant for people who suffer from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta told reporters on July 19.
Azerbaijan has recently resumed the air-force exercises near the Line of Contact. The flights occur about 10-15 km near the Line of Contact of Azerbaijani- Karabakhi armies.
Artsakh (NKR) President Bako Sahakyan is delivering a speech at Chatham House, Royal Institutive of International Affairs, the NKR Foreign Ministry said in a tweet.
In his latest statement, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has actually confessed that the international community is exerting pressure on Baku regarding escalation along the Line of Contact of the Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani troops, David Babyan, Spokesman for the NKR President, has told ArmInfo when commenting on Aliyev's statement that "Azerbaijan is reproached for the tension on the contact line and for the fact that the Armenian party suffers numerous losses."
In particular, the wording "Armenia's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and other territories" has been replaced with a wording "the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Naira Zohrabyan, member of the Armenian Delegation to PACE, has told ArmInfo.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic today said journalists' safety must be ensured at all times, following recent incidents and coercive actions by police against journalists covering public protest in Yerevan, Armenia. The OSCE press office quotes Mijatovic as saying, "Media has the right to cover public events and journalists must be able to report in a free and safe manner, without fear of harassment and intimidation."
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is concerned over the regular ceasefire violations in the Karabakh conflict zone. APA reports that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today addressed the plenary meeting of the PACE summer session. When asked by member of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Sevinj Fataliyeva what steps the UN can take to make Armenia "fulfill the resolutions of the UN Security Council", Ban Ki-moon replied that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only by peaceful means.
Igor Crnadak, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and current Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, is sure the Nagorny Karabakh conflict should be settled within OSCE Minsk Group irrespective of ECHR's rulings. The remarks came from Crnadak at the opening ceremony of the PACE Summer Session on June 22 in response to the question by Ganira Pashaeva, a representative of the Azeri delegation to PACE, concerning the ECHR's ruling on Chiragov vs. Armenia case. Crnadak recalled that the ECHR issued a similar judgment on the Sargsyan vs Azerbaijan case.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Parliament has issued a statement on the PACE Monitoring Group's draft report on democratic institutions in Azerbaijan and a related resolution on the Karabakh-Azerbaijani conflict. PACE's report contains wordings that are not acceptable to the Armenian side.
The tension in the Karabakh conflict zone might grow following the European Games in Baku, Jacques Faure, former Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, France, said at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 89th Rose-Roth Seminar in Yerevan on June 19.
Armenia as before is committed to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group, Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian said at the opening ceremony of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 89th Rose-Roth Seminar in Yerevan, on June 18.
Armenia as a full member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will receive assistance from its CSTO allies in case of "negative developments in its territory," CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha said in the course of "a video bridge" Yerevan-Moscow-Astana, on June 18, in response to the question of an Azerbaijani journalists concerning CSTO's stand on the Karabakh peace process.
Long-term absence of solution to Karabakh conflict causes less and less confidence in Azerbaijani society towards negotiations, believes Avaz Hasanov, the director of the Society for Humanitarian Research in Azerbaijan.
The personnel reshuffle in the NKR Defense Army will not affect the combativity of the Artsakh Armed Forces, Major-General Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (Kommandos), a Karabakh war hero, has told ArmInfo.
Though Stepanakert airport is now performing general aviation flights only it is ready to operate, Dmitry Atabashyan, the head of Civil Aviation Chief Department, adjacent to NKR Government, told ArmInfo journalist.
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are waiting for an agreed stand of the presidents, which means that they have come to a "conceptual deadlock." The Minsk Group has nothing to offer the conflicting parties in exchange for their refusal from their own interpretation of the Madrid Principles says Ali Abbasov, the leading expert at the Institute of Philosophy and Rights, Azerbaijan's Academy of Sciences.
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs we will do everything possible to resolve the conflict and achieve the signing of the Great Peace Agreement that is welcomed by all the peoples of the region, James Warlick, U.S. Co- chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, said following a meeting with "the IDPs" in Masazir settlement.
"It's time to recommit to the ceasefire and a negotiation leading to a peace agreement. Do you agree?", co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group wrote on his Twitter.
A soldier Edgar Melkoyan (1995) was killed on the combat position of his army unit in the nagorny Karabakh Republic at 1:30am on June 11.