Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
One can have different attitude towards the events in Ukraine, but one thing is clear: what is happening there, has already changed the reality. And if Russia finally attaches at least the Crimea to itself, this reality will change even more, Russian political expert, Andrey Epifantsev, wrote at his Facebook page.
Parallels between Crimea and Nagorno Karabakh are offensive for the latter, says David Shakhnazaryan, the Head of the Concord Research Center.
"The Karabakh problem could be resolved with mediation of the neighbor countries in 1991-92, but we missed that opportunity. At the current situation, the Azerbaijani Government has neither forces nor conditions to make such step," he said. According to Mehdiyev, the OSCE Minsk Group does not even remember about Karabakh.
British Ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq has come out for handing over the territories around Artsakh to Azerbaijan. The ambassador made such statement delivering a report on UK's foreign policy at Khazar University, on March 3, Trend said.
The situation in the Crimea and the situation we have around Nagorno Karabakh have nothing in common, said Alexander Iskandaryan, Head of the Caucasus Institute, commenting reporters on the parallels often drawn between possible independence of the Crimea and international recognition of the NKR.
U.S. Congressmen commemorated the 26th anniversary of the Azerbaijani pogroms against the Armenian population of the Azerbaijani city of Sumgait, and condemned the ongoing violence and intimidation fostered by the government of President Ilham Aliyev, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
Within the framework of his visit to Belgium, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan on Wednesday laid a wreath to the cross-stone, which is placed in Brussels and in memory of the Armenian Genocide victims.
"Investigation" in the Sumgait incidents of February 1988 by the Azerbaijani prosecutor general's office has ushered a new wave of fake data on the mass killings of Armenians in Sumgait. This time, First Deputy Prosecutor General Rustam Usubov replenished the list of Azerbaijani liars.
"The tragic loss of life in the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia reminds us that there can't be a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," spokesperson for the United States Department of State Jen Psaki said at a briefing, APA reports.
"We also remember Somgait," US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick said on Twitter. "Both Armenia and Azerbaijan should support people-to-people programs to develop tolerance and trust," he continued.
An international court verdict on the Armenian massacres in Sumgait may pave the way for a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, the co-author of the Sumgait: Genocide: Openness? Book Hrayr Ulubabyan told journalists on Wednesday.
The world must be informed about the tragic events that took place in the Azeri cities of Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad and Maraga in the late 1980s as they were a follow-up on the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey in 1915-1923, Chairman of the Shushi Charity Foundation Baku Karapetyan told journalists on Wednesday.
Supporting the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic means contributing to the final establishment of peace in the South Caucasus, French parliamentarians, members of the France-Karabakh friendship group say in an article published in Le Monde.
On Feb 23 the Beirut-based Armenian Surb Nshan Church held a service to commemorate the Sumgait massacre victims and Gurgen Margaryan, who was brutally killed by Azeri officer Ramil Safarov in Budapest.
"The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Latvia has handed a note to Latvia due to the mistakes regarding the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the textbook titled 'The geography of the New World'," advisor of the Embassy Geray Muradov told APA.
The border with Armenia will not be opened, unless Nagorno Karabakh conflict is solved," Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said when asked to comment on the reports that Turkey is going to normalize its relations and open its border with Armenia.
On 19 February President of Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan visited the NKR foreign ministry and attended a consultation summing up the activities of the structure in 2013 and the action plan for 2014, the press-service of the NKR president reported.
Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia are featured as independent states in a Latvian geography textbook published in 2013, Azeri media outlets report, citing the sources of the Azeri community in Riga.
On February 14, President of the National Assembly of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, President of the Artsakh Democratic Party Ashot Ghulyan took part in the 12th General Assembly of the European Free Alliance (EFA). The President of the Artsakh parliament had arrived a day earlier in Santiago de Compostela of Spain by the invitation of the political leadership of the EFA.
The U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Ambassador James Warlick expressed a wish for the restoration of the complete format of the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. "Cypriots of Greece and Turkey stated that they have passed into negotiations for the long-term settlement of the issue. And why can't the same happen in case of Nagorno Karabakh," James Warlick wrote in his micro blog of Twitter.
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The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is sometimes described as a frozen conflict and this is misleading, as the ceasefire breaches on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops continue, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Mark Simmonds said on Tuesday in a debate on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the UK parliament.
Any time when military operations begin in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia will immediately bring troops into Azerbaijan, former Karabakh Committee member, Armenian political activist Ashot Manucharyan said at today's press conference.
In the near future there will be no changes in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan told journalists on Friday.
On February 7, 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 Hadrut direction near Horadiz settlement.
One should not expect the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to be more critical with respect to Azerbaijan, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan told journalists on Thursday.
James Warlick, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair of USA, left a post on Twitter wherein he calls the negotiations with the leadership of Armenia in Yerevan positive.
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Jacques Faure of France, and James Warlick of the United States of America) and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, traveled to Baku and Yerevan February 4-5.
Tension on the line of contact of the Karabakh- Azerbaijani armed forces may neutralize the OSCE Misnk Group's efforts towards peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, James Warlick, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair of USA, said in an interview with ArmNews TV Channel in Yerevan, ovenright.
Nagorno-Karabakh is among the 12 teams that will participate in the first ever World Football Cup by the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA).
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs raised the issue of resettlement of Syrian refugees in Karabakh with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.S. Co- Chair of OSCE MG James Warlick told journalists, APA said.