Azerbaijani Press: Ilham Aliyev at UN calls for sanctions on "corrupt, failed state" of Armenia

Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
Sept 20 2017


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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 20

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For more than 25 years, Armenia occupies 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other regions of the country, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said addressing the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, held in New York.

Ilham Aliyev noted that Nagorno-Karabakh is an ancient and historical part of Azerbaijan.
“As a result of Armenian aggression, almost 20 percent of internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan is under occupation. More than one million of Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons,” he said. “Armenia conducted the policy of ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other regions of our country.”

He then reminded about the Khojaly genocide, committed by Armenia.

“Armenia committed genocide against Azerbaijanis in Khojaly. Khojaly genocide is already officially recognized by more than 10 countries. On February 26, 1992, Armenia committed a war crime, killing 613 peaceful residents of Khojaly, among them 106 women and 63 children,” he said.

Ilham Aliyev noted that one of those war criminals who committed that terrible crime against humanity is the current Armenian president. He reminded that leading international organizations adopted resolutions demanding withdrawal of Armenian troops from the territories of Azerbaijan.

“In 1993, the UN Security Council adopted four resolutions, demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from the territory of Azerbaijan. Other organizations, such as Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Alignment Movement, the OSCE, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament adopted similar decisions and resolutions. Armenia doesn't implement them,” he said.

Ilham Aliyev went on to say that Armenia for 24 years has been ignoring the UN Security Council resolutions, and unfortunately it is not punished for that.

The president went on to add that in some cases the UN Security Council resolutions are implemented within days.

“In our case, it is 24 years that the resolutions are not implemented. This is a double standard approach, and it is unacceptable,” Ilham Aliyev said.

“International sanctions must be imposed on Armenia. One of the important reforms of the UN must be the creation of mechanism of implementation of the resolutions of the Security Council. Armenia does everything to keep the status-quo unchanged, block substantive negotiations. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – France, Russia, the US – on several occasions stated that the status-quo is unacceptable,” he said.

“The question is – how can this corrupt, failed state, ruled by a despotic, medieval regime afford to violate the international law for so many years, and ignore the resolutions of the UN Security Council and statements of the leading countries of the world? And the answer is – double standards,” he said.
Ilham Aliyev went on to add that there is no international pressure on the aggressor, no international sanctions imposed on Armenian dictatorship.

“This policy must be stopped. Such a policy towards the aggressor is not only a demonstration of injustice, it also creates the illusion that the Armenian dictatorship can continue its policy of terror,” he said.

The president went on to remind about the April 2016 attack of Armenia on Azerbaijan.
“Last April, Armenia committed another war crime on the line of contact attacking our citizen villages. As a result of this attack, six Azerbaijani civilians were killed – among them one child – and 26 civilians were wounded. Hundreds of our houses were destroyed,” he said.

The president went on to say that Azerbaijan had to defend its citizens.

“As a result of a successful counter-attack, Azerbaijan liberated some territories in three occupied regions of Aghdere, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, and installed its national flag on the liberated territories,” said the president.

“Armenian leadership should not forget this lesson. Otherwise, the result of next Armenian provocation will be more painful for them,” he warned.

President Aliyev said that losing on the battlefield, Armenia uses its mean policy of attacking Azerbaijani cities and villages.

“On July 4, 2017, a targeted attack on Alkhanli village in Fuzuli district by Armenia with 82 and 120 millimeter mortars and grenade launchers killed two civilians, two-year old Zahra Guliyeva and her grandmother,” he said.

“On August 7, 2017, a 13-year-old boy in Tovuz region, bordering with Armenia, was wounded by Armenian soldiers,” noted the president.

International community must stop Armenian fascism and terror, he said.

He went on to add that Azerbaijan is committed to peaceful resolution of the conflict, but at the same time, will defend its citizens in line with the UN Charter, if Armenian military provocations continue.
“And if necessary, we will punish once again the aggressor, as it was done in April of 2016. Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved on the basis of international law, relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be completely restored,” said the president.

President Aliyev added that despite the enormous difficulties caused by Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan develops rapidly and successfully.

“Azerbaijan is an active member of the UN. In 2011, Azerbaijan was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. One hundred and fifty-five countries voted for Azerbaijan. Absolute majority of states demonstrated their support for Azerbaijan and its policy. For the country, which at the time was only 20 years old, this was a great success,” he said.

Ilham Aliyev went on to say that Azerbaijan is a modern, democratic country.

“Development of democracy, human rights protection are among the top priorities of our government,” the president said. “All fundamental freedoms are fully provided in Azerbaijan, including freedom of _expression_, media freedom, freedom of assembly, religious freedom.”

He further noted that Azerbaijan is one of the world’s most recognized centers of multiculturalism.
“Multiculturalism is a state policy in Azerbaijan. Representatives of all ethnic groups and religions live in Azerbaijan in peace and harmony,” he said.

The president went on to say that in Azerbaijan 2016 was declared the Year of Multiculturalism and 2017 – the Year of Islamic Solidarity.

“Unlike Armenia, where there are almost no national minorities, which is a mono-ethnic country, and where xenophobia is a state policy, Azerbaijan is a multi-ethnic country. Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity of our society is our big asset. Armenia, where Islamophobia reached its peak, committed many acts of vandalism, destroying all our mosques on the occupied territories,” Ilham Aliyev said.

He went on to say that Azerbaijan hosted numerous international events, aiming at strengthening interreligious dialogue.

Among them are Seventh Global Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations, World Religious Leaders Forum,” he said, adding that Baku also four times hosted the Forum on International Dialogue and five times – the Baku International Humanitarian Forum, as well as other important events.

“Being the member of Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan in 2008 launched the “Baku Process”, which is supported by the UN. Main goal of the “Baku Process” is to strengthen dialogue, partnership and cooperation between the Muslim world and Europe,” he said.

President Aliyev went on to say that in 2015 Azerbaijan hosted the First European Games, where 6,000 athletes from 50 countries took part.

“In 2017, Azerbaijan hosted the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, with almost 3,000 athletes from 54 countries. In two years’ time, in our capital Baku, European and Islamic games took place. This was also a great contribution to the promotion of multiculturalism. Azerbaijani team took the second place at the First European Games and the first place at the Islamic Solidarity Games. This shows that Azerbaijan is one of the leading sporting countries of the world,” said the president.

“Another proof of our sporting achievements is that Azerbaijan was number 14 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with respect to the number of medals. In total, Azerbaijan won 18 medals,” said Ilham Aliyev.
Azerbaijani president went on to say that the country achieved big progress in social and economic development as well.

“Since 2004, Azerbaijan’s economy grew more than three times. More than 1.6 million jobs were created in our country. The level of unemployment [in Azerbaijan] is one of the lowest in the world – 5 percent,” he said.

Ilham Aliyev went on to add that one of Azerbaijan’s priorities was the reduction of poverty.
“In 2004, the level of poverty in the country was 40 percent, now it is 5-6 percent,” he said. “Hard currency reserves equal to the country's GDP. Foreign state debt is less than 20 percent of the GDP,” he said.

Ilham Aliyev also reminded that Azerbaijan was assessed as leading reformer of the world in 2009 by the World Bank's Doing Business Report.

“Based on the Davos World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2016-2017, Azerbaijan is ranked number 37 among 138 countries,” said Ilham Aliyev.

He went on to say that in 2015, Azerbaijan received the 2015 South-South Award in recognition for its outstanding achievement in implementation of millennium goals, and since 2010 the country has been classified as a country with high human development.

Azerbaijani president also noted the rapid development of the country’s space industry.

“Two telecommunication and field observation satellites, AzerSpace and AzerSky, and the third one, AzerSpace-2 to be launched soon, made it possible for our country to become member of the world's space club,” he noted.

Ilham Aliyev went on to say that today Azerbaijan exports not only industrial and agricultural but also intellectual products.

“State agency for services and social innovation to citizens – ASAN Service, is a modern model of public relations and service,” said the president, adding that ASAN provides 251 services under one roof.

“Absolute transparency, zero tolerance to corruption and bribery made ASAN Service attractive to many countries,” Ilham Aliyev said. “Being a purely Azerbaijani brand, during 5 years of its service, ASAN provided over 1.6 million services to 5 million people, while total number of applications reached 17 million.”

“The rate of public appreciation of ASAN Service is 98 percent. In 2015, in recognition of its contribution to excellence, creativity and considerable simplification of delivery of public services, ASAN received the UN Public Service Award,” said the president.

He went on say that Azerbaijan’s policy is to make the lives of the country’s citizens better.
“Since 2004, the salaries grew in our country by 5.6 times. Pensions grew by 8.2 times. Without foreign financial support we built almost 100 new settlements and towns for refugees and IDPs (internally displaced persons), suffering from Armenian occupation,” Ilham Aliyev said.

“Until today, the living conditions of more than 250,000 people were improved and they were provided with new houses and flats,” said the president, adding that 152 schools, 59 medical centers, 60 kindergartens were built in these towns and settlements.

“In general, since 2004 more than 3,000 schools, more than 600 hospitals and medical centers were newly built and renovated,” he said.

The president went on to add that the level of literacy in Azerbaijan is close to 100 percent. Further, he said that every year, more than 5 million people, half of the country’s population, get their medical checkups, totally financed from the state budget.

Ilham Aliyev went on to say that Azerbaijan plays an important role on the global energy market.

“Being a reliable supplier of oil and gas to international markets, Azerbaijan is providing energy security to many countries of the world. Today, Azerbaijan together with its international partners, is very close to the completion of the Southern Gas Corridor project. This project of $40 billion worth of investment, is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world,” he said.

The president further said that another important priority is transportation.

“Situated between Europe and Asia, Azerbaijan is wisely using its geographical location to become one of the leading transportation hubs in Eurasia. Relatively recently, Azerbaijan built six international airports, 11,000 kilometers of modern highways and roads,” he said.

“Azerbaijan has the biggest trade fleet in the Caspian sea, with 270 vessels. Modern shipbuilding yard of Azerbaijan is capable to build all types and sizes of ships,” he said.

President Aliyev also said Azerbaijan is modernizing its railroad infrastructure.

“Absolute majority of our territory is covered by railroads. Next year we will inaugurate the international trade sea port which will be the biggest in the Caspian region,” he said.

Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijan is largely investing in East-West and North-South transport corridors.
“Both routes crossing our country will be the shortest routes to East to West and from North to South,” he said.

In conclusion, President Ilham Aliyev noted that last year Azerbaijan celebrated its 25th anniversary of restoration of the country’s independence.

“Successful development of Azerbaijan once again shows that only when you are free and independent, when the destiny of a country is in the hands of its people, you can achieve success. The biggest happiness of the people of Azerbaijan is that we live in an independent country, which conducts independent policy. Policy, which is based on national interests of its people,” he said.

Armenian Assembly Co-Chair Accompanies Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. and Tulsi Gabbard to Artsakh

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ASSEMBLY OF AMERICA
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ARMENIAN ASSEMBLY CO-CHAIR
ACCOMPANIES REPRESENTATIVES FRANK PALLONE, JR. AND TULSI GABBARD TO ARTSAKH

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly)
Board of Trustees Co-Chairman Anthony Barsamian joined Armenian Caucus Co-Chair
Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on a
working visit to Artsakh today. The delegation included Artsakh Foreign
Minister Karen Mirzoyan, Artsakh Representative to the U.S. Robert Avetisyan,
and All-Armenia Fund President Maria Mehranian. Reps. Pallone and Gabbard are
in Armenia as part of a Congressional Delegation with Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs
Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) and Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
(R-WI), and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

 

"This
trip to Artsakh is instrumental in helping U.S. Members of Congress better
understand the current political and economic situation in Artsakh. By seeing
the destruction caused by Azerbaijan and meeting with high-level officials to
discuss U.S.-Armenia and U.S.-Artsakh relations in depth, Reps. Pallone and
Gabbard can better convey the pressing need for U.S. humanitarian aid and
better understand the security threats to the people of Artsakh caused by the
Azeris. They also saw the need for a peaceful resolution, which includes
Artsakh in the negotiations," Assembly Co-Chair Barsamian said.

 

The previous day, Armenian Assembly Co-Chair Barsamian, Executive Director
Bryan Ardouny, and Regional Director Arpi Vartanian met with Artsakh President
Bako Sahakyan and Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan. During the meeting, they
discussed the importance of U.S. assistance, especially for de-mining in
Artsakh which is carried out by The HALO Trust, as well as the peace process.
President Sahakyan emphasized the Assembly's important role in U.S.-Artsakh
relations, and acknowledged the organization's "patriotic and highly
professional activity."

 

Rep. Valadao
also traveled to Artsakh earlier this week, where he met with The HALO Trust to
learn more about mine clearance along the borders. Following the visit, he
stated, "Families in Nagorno Karabakh live under the constant threat of
landmine accidents and I am grateful for the efforts of The HALO Trust to make
Nagorno Karabakh a more safe and secure region." Rep. Valadao continued,
"While their work is renown worldwide, I appreciated witnessing their work
and learning more about their efforts and dedication firsthand."

 

Earlier this
month, Rep. Valadao spearheaded a bipartisan amendment along with House Foreign
Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence and Armenian Caucus Vice-Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA),
Rep. Pallone, and Rep. Speier to ensure continued funding for de-mining
projects in Artsakh.

 

U.S. Members
of Congress have continued to travel to Artsakh throughout the years. Rep.
Pallone visited Artsakh for the first time twenty years ago as part of an
Armenian Assembly of America-sponsored delegation. During an historic address
before the Parliament of Nagorno Karabakh on January 28, 1997, Rep. Pallone
stated, "I hope that my visit to Karabagh, and especially my presence in
your legislative body today, will contribute in some small way to a growing
international recognition that the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh is a
reality." Rep. Pallone has returned to Artsakh a few times since his
initial visit, where he observed local elections and learned more about mine
clearance.

 

Established
in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based
nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of
Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
membership organization.

 

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Caption 1: Armenian Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian, Rep. Frank Pallone,
Jr. (D-NJ), Artsakh National Assembly Chairman Ashot Ghoulian, and Rep. Tulsi
Gabbard (D-HI) in front of "We Are Our Mountains" monument north of
Stepanakert, Artsakh

 

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Caption 2:
(left) Rep.
Frank Pallone, Jr. and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard heading to Stepanakert with Artsakh
Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan, Armenian Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian,
and All-Armenia Fund President Maria Mehranian; (right) Rep. Pallone,
Barsamian, and Rep. Gabbard with servicemen

 

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Caption 3: Armenian Assembly Regional Director Arpi Vartanian, Co-Chair Anthony
Barsamian, and Executive Director Bryan Ardouny, with Artsakh Foreign Minister
Karen Mirzoyan, President Bako Sahakyan, Presidential Spokesman David Babayan,
and Representative to Armenia Karlen Avetisyan

 

Photo
Caption 4: Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) observing mine clearance with The Halo
Trust in Artsakh

 

Photo
Caption 5: Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. addressing a special session of the Nagorno
Karabakh Parliament in 1997

 

 

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‘We have no right to be discouraged and disappointed: it’s just illogical’ – Armenian PM

Category
Politics

Armenia is 25-year-old, young, independent and victorious state, firmly standing on the back of Artsakh guaranteeing Artsakh’s right to self-determination and live freely, ready to respond to any attack at any moment, Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan said at the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Forum.

“Today we have Diaspora consisting of more than 7 million people. Many of them stand together with Armenia since independence, present Armenia at all corners of the globe, participate in our country’s building process at various formats. We are deeply grateful to them and appreciate this approach. It is also a fact that there have been objective and subjective disappointments among some of them. So what to do, to focus on that? I am convinced that we have no right to be discouraged, disappointed and do nothing. It’s just illogical and has no prospect”, the PM said.

He said Armenia must be a progressive and developed country which will put the migration flows on a positive pace. He highlighted that on this path it is necessary to be realistic, honest and constructive, be free from all types of illusions, clearly and sincerely assess the expectations of Armenia and the Diaspora and the reality. The PM emphasized that everyone regardless of citizenship, status and profession can have a direct role in the process of development and reforms.

The 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Forum is being held in Yerevan from September 18 to 20.

‘There Can be No Return to Past Borders,’ Says Stepanakert

Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian addressing the Armenia-Diaspora conference on Monday

Artsakh President’s spokesperson responds to comments by Foreign Minister Nalbandian about territorial concessions.
YEREVAN—Artsakh presidential spokesperson David Babayan did not equivocate on Tuesday when he told Azatutyun .am that there absolutely cannot be a scenario where Artsakh returns to its past borders—as delineated in the Soviet times—adding that all territories of Artsakh were important in ensuring the country’s and its residents’ security.

This announcement was in response to questions that were raised following a statement made by Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian during his presentation at the Armenia-Diaspora conference currently underway in Yerevan.

Following his remarks at the conference, which were a reiteration of Armenia’s position vis-à-vis the Karabakh conflict resolution process and included harsh criticism of Azerbaijan’s military attacks on Artsakh, in response to a question from a participant regarding the concept of “return of territories,” Nalbandian’s explanation has caused confusion among conference participants and others.

“We are talking about those territories whose return will not endanger the resolution of the conflict and the security [of Artsakk] and will not threaten the outcome of the process,” Nalbandian said in response to a conference participant’s question.

“All the territories around Artsakh are important in terms of ensuring its security, there can be no return to the past in terms of borders and status,” said Babayan when asked to comment about Nalbandian’s remarks, adding that any compromise must be weighed proportionally.

“If we are talking about territories, we must remember that Azerbaijan is occupying many Armenian regions. Getashen, Martunashen, Artsvashen, Shahumyant must all be returned,” said Babayan. “There will be no unilateral concessions. Any one-sided concession will lead to disaster.”

Speaking to Azatutyun.am, Armen Rustamyan the head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation faction of the Armenian Parliament pointed out that there can be no unilateral concessions. He said compromises may be considered only when Artsakh’s independence is fully recognized.

Georgia not ready to become NATO member – Kurt Volker

Category
World

US State Department’s Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says Georgia is not ready to become a member of NATO, Sputnik News reports.

“I am working hard to make sure that your aspirations will receive a respective support in the European Union and NATO. Unlike Ukraine, Georgia’s progress is greater. I mean the transparency, the contribution Georgia brought to the global security, the defense, anti-corruption reforms and etc. However, I don’t think that someone from NATO will say they are ready to accept Georgia as a member”, Kurt Volker told Kviris Palitra newspaper.

He said in order to join NATO the consent of all member states is necessary.

RFE/RL Armenian Report – 09/19/2017

                                        Tuesday, 

Armenian PM Continues To Eye Long Tenure


 . Anush Muradian


Armenia - Prime Minister Karen Karapetian speaks at the Sixth
Armenia-Diaspora Conference in Yerevan, 19Sep2017.

Prime Minister Karen Karapetian again made clear on Tuesday that he
wants to retain his post after President Serzh Sarkisian's final term
in office ends in April.

Karapetian also insisted that the leadership of the ruling Republican
Party of Armenia (HHK) has still not decided who should be the
country's prime minister then.

Some senior HHK figures, notably former parliament speaker Galust
Sahakian, have stated in recent weeks that Sarkisian should continue
to govern Armenia as prime minister or in another capacity.

"This is their personal opinion," Karapetian told reporters. "The
party has no decision yet. As soon as the party makes a decision we
will announce it."

The Armenian president, who is the HHK's top leader, himself has shed
little light on his political plans so far. The end of his decade-long
presidency will be followed by Armenia's transformation into a
parliamentary republic in which the prime minister will be, at least
on paper, the most powerful state official.

Karapetian spoke to the press after delivering a speech at the Sixth
Armenia-Diaspora Conference in Yerevan and answering questions from
some of its participants. One of them, a Lebanese-Armenian
businessman, wondered whether he would like to stay on as prime
minister next year. "Yes," the premier replied briefly.

He has repeatedly made similar statements since being appointed by
Sarkisian as prime minister in September 2016.

In his speech at the government-organized forum, Karapetian again
defended his one-year track record and reaffirmed his pledges to
implement far-reaching economic reforms. He cited official statistical
data showing faster economic growth, rising exports and improved tax
collection in the country. Critics dismiss these figures, saying that
they have had little impact on living standards in the past year.

"We do realize that these results of our one-year work are not enough
to qualitatively change the lives of Armenia's residents," said
Karapetian. "We must actively continue our policies while developing
and implementing new programs."

Karapetian renewed his calls for Diaspora Armenians' involvement in
his reform drive, saying that they "understand very well what kind of
environment foreign investors expect and can guide us accordingly."
"For that purpose, we are planning to hold next autumn a big economic
and investment forum in Armenia during which we will discuss Armenia's
future and our vision for Armenia," he said.



Turkish-Armenian Politician To Seek Genocide Recognition


 . Tatevik Lazarian


Armenia - Garo Paylan, an ethnic Armenian member of Turkey's
parliament, arrives for an Armenia-Diaspora conference in Yerevan,
18Sep2017.

Garo Paylan, an ethnic Armenian member of Turkey's parliament, on
Tuesday pledged to continue fighting for an official Turkish
recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

Paylan is among 1,800 Armenians from around the world who converged on
Yerevan to take part in the latest government-organized conference on
Armenia's relations with its worldwide Diaspora. The conference got
underway on Monday in the presence of President Serzh Sarkisian and
other senior Armenian officials.

"Turkey is again in a dark period," Paylan declared in his speech at
the forum. "And we know very well that such tendencies lead to
crimes. A great crime, a genocide, was perpetrated 102 years ago and
that crime is continuing because a crime that goes unpunished causes
new crimes."

"I do believe that one day we will achieve justice leading to the
recognition of the genocide and I will continue to fight for it," he
added, sparking rapturous applause.

Paylan, 44, is one of the three Istanbul Armenians who were elected to
the Turkish parliament from different political parties in 2015. He is
affiliated with the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), which
is in opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The HDP is the only major Turkish party to have recognized the World
War One-era mass killings of some 1.5 million Armenians as
genocide. Successive Turkish governments have for decades claimed that
Ottoman Armenians died in smaller numbers and not as a result of a
government policy of extermination.

"The HDP knows that without facing up to the genocide Turkey can
neither solve the Kurdish problem nor establish democracy," said
Paylan.

Paylan, who has previously run an Armenian school in Istanbul, pledged
to challenge Ankara's genocide denial shortly after being elected to
the Turkish parliament. In April 2016, he read out on the parliament
floor the names of Armenian intellectuals who were rounded up in 1915
and subsequently executed by the Ottoman authorities at the start of
the genocide.

He was suspended from the legislature for three days in January after
referring the "genocides" of Armenians and other Ottoman
minorities. In July, the Turkish parliament passed a law that banned
its members from mentioning the Armenian genocide in the chamber.

Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian praised Paylan's
activities when the two men met in Yerevan on Monday. Nalbandian's
press office said they discussed, among other things, the "resolution
of regional problems."

Paylan said in his speech that only "a democratic Turkey" would agree
to normalize relations with Armenia. "Unless Turkey becomes a
democracy we could wait [for that] for decades," he said.



U.S. Lawmakers Discuss Karabakh, Investments In Yerevan


 . Astghik Bedevian


Armenia - Members of the U.S. House of Representatives at a meeting
with Armenian parliamentarians in Yerevan, 19Sep2017.

Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives discussed the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and obstacles to closer U.S.-Armenian
commercial ties with Armenian government officials and
parliamentarians during a visit to Yerevan on Tuesday.

The congressional delegation met with Prime Minister Karen Karapetian,
parliament speaker Ara Babloyan and several other Armenian lawmakers
representing different political parties. The delegation comprised
three of the four co-chairs of the Congressional Caucasus on Armenian
Issues: Frank Pallone, Jackie Speier and David Valadao.

The unresolved Karabakh dispute was high on the agenda of the
meetings, with Karapetian and Babloayn praising U.S. mediation of
Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks. Both sides agreed on the need for
the conflict's peaceful resolution.

Anna Eshoo, another member of the U.S. delegation, said she and her
colleagues stressed the importance of a Karabakh settlement for
Armenia's economic development. "I think that the future of Armenia
very much rests on a peaceful resolution," she told RFE/RL's Armenian
service (Azatutyun.am).

Eshoo insisted that a compromise solution to the conflict is possible
despite the current deadlock in the negotiation process. "I think that
we need to be optimistic," said the California Democrat.

Most of the visiting lawmakers have strongly supported direct
U.S. economic assistance to Karabakh provided for almost two
decades. Some of that aid has been spent on humanitarian demining
operations conducted by the HALO Trust, a British charity. As recently
as two weeks ago the House of Representatives approved $1.5 million in
fresh funding for such activities.

Valadao, who represents another California constituency home to many
Armenian Americans, travelled to Karabakh on Monday to inspect the
HALO Trust's mine-clearing activities. He said in Yerevan that he is
not worried about being blacklisted by Azerbaijan for visiting the
Armenian-populated territory without Baku's permission.

"That's their choice to make those types of decisions," the Republican
congressman told RFE/RL's Armenian service. "I can't worry about
that."

The U.S. lawmakers also spoke with their Armenian colleagues about
ways of boosting U.S. investments in Armenia. Eshoo said they stressed
the importance of combatting government corruption in the
country. "[Corruption] is anathema to American companies," she said.

"They listened very carefully," the congresswoman said of the Armenian
parliamentarians. "I think it's important that friends always tell
friends the truth."

The meeting with Karapetian also touched upon prospects for signing a
U.S.-Armenian agreement on the avoidance of double taxation.

An Armenian deputy minister for transport and communications, Boris
Demirkhanian, said such an agreement is especially important for
Armenia's burgeoning information technology (IT) sector when he spoke
at the American delegation's separate meeting with local tech
executives. The visiting legislators were briefed on strong
U.S. presence in the sector, according to a statement by the Armenian
Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.

The sector has expanded by an average of over 20 percent annually in
the past decade. It is dominated by the Armenian branches of U.S. tech
giants like as Synopsys, National Instruments, Mentor Graphics and
VMware.



Czech Government `Unaware' Of Arms Sales To Azerbaijan


 . Armen Koloyan


Czech Republic - A DANA-M1 self-propelled gun-howitzer. (Photo
courtesy of www.army-technology.com)

The government of the Czech Republic on Tuesday claimed to have not
authorized the newly disclosed delivery to Azerbaijan of Czech-made
heavy artillery systems.

The Azerbaijani military began on Monday large-scale exercises which
it said are involving 15,000 troops as well as hundreds of tanks,
armored personnel carriers, cannons and other military
hardware. Photographs released by it showed two columns of Dana
self-propelled howitzers and RM-70 multiple-launch rocket systems
joining the drills.

Both weapons are manufactured by Czech companies. The Azerbaijani
Defense Ministry did not demonstrate them until this year. It is not
clear when and how it got hold of them.

In a statement to RFE/RL's Armenian service (Azatutyun.am), the
Foreign Ministry in Prague insisted that in recent years the Czech
government has not issued mandatory licenses for the sale of any
"lethal weapons" to Azerbaijan. What is more, it said, the government
turned down in 2017 and 2016 Azerbaijani requests for the purchase of
the 152-milimeter Dana howitzers and the 122-milimeter RM-70 rockets
and informed the European Union about that.

The ministry added that it does not know just how they were delivered
to Azerbaijan. It promised to look into the matter.

The United States and other key NATO members states have long
maintained embargoes on sales of offensive weapons to Armenia and
Azerbaijan. The Czech Republic joined the alliance in 1999.

The Czech Foreign Ministry said the Central European nation is
strongly opposed to any attempts at a military solution to the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.



Press Review



"Zhamanak" reports on President Serzh Sarkisian's speech at the latest
Armenia-Diaspora conference and, in particular, his calls for Diaspora
Armenians to relocate to their ancestral homeland en masse. The paper
says that the economic situation in Armenia is anything but favorable
for such immigration.

"Haykakan Zhamanak" points to the organizers' failure to invite
representatives of the Yelk alliance and other major opposition groups
to the conference. "As Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobian stressed in
her speech, some 1,800 guests from 71 countries were taking part in
the event," writes the paper. "But there was no room for the
parliamentary opposition." It cites Sarkisian's claims that his
administration "welcomes and appreciates pluralism." It suggests that
Sarkisian referred not to pluralism within Armenia but differences
among various Diaspora organizations.

"Hraparak" comments on Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian's remark at
the conference that Armenian territorial concessions to Azerbaijan are
on the agenda of ongoing peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh. Nalbandian
referred to those lands whose return to Azerbaijan would create no
"security threats to Karabakh" itself. The paper claims that this runs
counter to statements made by Armenian officials just a few weeks ago.

"Aravot" is critical of the Armenian government's plans to intensify
Russian language classes in Armenia's schools. "The language is not a
secondary issue and they are well aware of this in imperial centers,"
editorializes the paper. "Speaking a foreign language is a good
thing. It doesn't hurt to speak Russian, to put it mildly # But
speaking a foreign language and giving it any official status are
different things. That has nothing to do with Russia." The paper says
it would be just as critical of if the United States pressured Armenia
to give English an official status.

(Tigran Avetisian)


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Azerbaijani Press: Lavrov’s plan: Yerevan ready to withdraw from occupied lands of Azerbaijan?

Trend, Azerbaijan
Sept 19 2017

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 19

By Elmira Tariverdiyeva – Trend:

While addressing a panel session as part of the Armenia-Diaspora Forum in Yerevan, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has not excluded the possibility of returning some territories around Nagorno-Karabakh region to Azerbaijan.

“The matter here rests in those territories that will not threaten the Nagorno-Karabakh region in terms of security," Nalbandian said, adding that he can not disclose any other details. "Otherwise, negotiations will fail."

This is an interesting statement as it seems that Yerevan has recognized the occupation of Azerbaijani territories for the first time.

Although Yerevan repeatedly hinted at the possibility of making such a compromise, this topic has been never openly discussed.

Apparently, the so-called Lavrov’s plan or the Kazan document, implying de-occupation of 5 of 7 districts around Nagorno-Karabakh region by Armenia, is slowly but surely coming into effect.

Following the escalation of violence on the line of contact in April 2016, Azerbaijan, Armenia and mediators realized that Baku's patience is not limitless and a lack of real actions to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will inevitably lead to war. Therefore, it is necessary to make a decision.

Perhaps, Yerevan has finally realized that it is necessary to move towards peace and this is the only chance to avoid a war which Armenia has obviously lost.

However, maybe this is a new original ploy to stall for time again, especially considering the UN General Assembly’s session, to be devoted to the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan.

Turkish Press: Armenia ready to de-occupy Azerbaijani territories around Karabakh

Daily Sabah, Turkey
Sept 19 2017


DAILY SABAH
rmenia is discussing the possible return of some territories around the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region with Azerbaijan, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian said Monday.

According to Nalbandian, Armenia could return territories that, in terms of security, will not "threaten neither Karabakh, nor the settlement of the conflict."

"The question is that there are negotiations, and we want to resolve this issue peacefully together with the international community. We will continue the negotiations for as long as possible, since war is not a solution," Nalbandian said, speaking at the Armenia-Diaspora Sixth Pan-Armenian Forum.

The Armenian foreign minister did not provide any further details, saying that it would cause the talks to collapse.

Addressing the attendees at the same forum, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said that residents of Karabakh have a right to freedom and safety, adding that other issues "could be solved through peace negotiations."

The latest remarks by the Armenian officials signal that Yerevan may have agreed to the so-called "Lavrov plan," the existence of which was denied by the Russian foreign ministry.

Reports claim that the plan includes Armenia's de-occupation of five of the seven regions around Nagorno-Karabakh, which are called the "security belt." The plan is supposedly a part of the ongoing negotiations.

Nagorno-Karabakh is officially part of Azerbaijan. Baku and Yerevan have feuded over the Nagorno-Karabakh region since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed some 30,000 lives in the early 1990s and ended in a frail 1994 truce. Efforts to negotiate a settlement have failed, and frequent clashes have continued.

In April last year, at least 110 people from both sides were killed as simmering violence flared into the worst clashes in decades over the region. A Russian-brokered ceasefire ended the four days of fierce fighting, but attempts to relaunch the stalled peace process since then have failed.