On July 10, 2009, in Aquila, presidents of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries adopted a statement revealing the gist of the so-called Madrid basic principles of Artsakh problem regulation.
We believe these principles are pernicious to the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian people. Surrender of the territories that are integral part of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and ensure the only real and not “paper” guarantees of the security of the Republics of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, the return of the so-called Azerbaijani refugees to Artsakh, as well as stationing of other than Armenian armed forces on the territory of Artsakh radically contradict the interests of the Armenian people, undermine the country’s defense system and jeopardize the future of the Armenian statehood.
We strongly condemn;
– The fact of concealment of the Madrid principles by the authorities of the Republic of Armenia
– The continued participation of the Armenian officials in the negotiations round principles that contradict our national interests
– The Republic of Armenia foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan’s statement of July 11, where he welcomes the aforementioned anti-Armenian statement of the heads of MG co-chairing countries
From RA President Serge Sargsyan we demand
– Immediate dismissal of RA foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan
– Cessation of participation in negotiations that are destructive for the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh
– Forbearance from signing evidently anti-Armenian documents
– Acting henceforth only for the interests of the Armenian statehood and with valor typical to the Armenian people
More than 150 bloggers already signed it.
Monthly Archives: July 2009
Armenia should counteract to all kinds of manifestations of xenophobia, particularly Armenophobia, Karen Vrtanesyan, member of “Initiative against Xenophobia” organization and Director of ArmenianHouse.org electronic library told journalists today. To that end, the organization intends to first of all start cooperation with similar international organization and establish contacts with RA Foreign Ministry.
Over the recent years, manifestations of xenophobia were often observed not only in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Russia, but also in United States, Karen Vrtanesyan said, referring to the Armenian individual’s brutal murder in RF, as well as American radio reporter’s recent statement containing hints of Armenophobia.
To prevent such phenomena, the organization intends to conduct permanent monitoring and analysis so as to hold culprits accountable and organize civic pressure actions.
Karen Vrtanesyan focused on Azeri MP Ganira Pashseva’s recent statement. During the PACE session held in Strasburg, Azeri parliamentarian accused Armenian delegation of numerous crimes and stressed that such manifestations should necessarily have their consequences for Azerbaijan. In that connection, “Initiative against Xenophobia” intends to apply to RA Foreign Ministry in anticipation of getting relevant response.
Armenia will not allow to use the negotiations as campaign tool and to drag out the comprehensive dialogue; this is Armenia’s disposition regarding the regulation of Armenian-Turkish ties.
“We’d like to open the closed borders of Europe and to create normal ties without preconditions. But we are not intended to allow to use the negotiating processes to mislead the international society,” Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at joint news conference with his Cyprus counterpart.
President Sargsyan stressed that it would be much willing if Turkey kept faithful to mutual agreements.
It’s worth reminding that Armenian-Turkish negotiations have been launched after President Serzh Sargsyan took the initiative to start “football diplomacy”. Since 2008 the parties have had discussions and with Swiss mediating a joint statement has been made in April this year claiming to adopt “road map” to regulate ties. It seems the negotiating processes are currently paused which, according to experts, means Turkey wants to reject agreements.
The comments and statements by the Azerbaijan party, including the officials of the Azerbaijani Republic, on the recent initiative of the creative intelligentsia of the Armenian and Azerbaijani people provide misinterpretation of the events, NKR MFA Information Department reports.
In this regard, on the request of the mass media, the NKR MFA Information Department offers the following comment:
“The Nagorno Karabakh leadership once again displayed its good will and agreed to host the intelligentsia representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan, headed by Ambassadors of Armenia and Azerbaijan to the Russian Federation Armen Smbatyan and Polad Byul-Byul Oghly, as well as RF MFA Special Missions Ambassador, RF President’s Special Representative on Cultural Issues Mikhail Shvidkoy, thus reaffirming its principal allegiance to the Karabakh conflict peaceful settlement process.
As to the certain differences concerning the Azerbaijani delegation’s visit itinerary and members, the Karabakh party did not only demand to change of itinerary, but also to exclude the Azerbaijani Milli Mejlis Deputy, Khavva Mamedova, and the delegation member, Chingiz Ismailov, out of the delegation for their marked anti-Karabakhian and anti-Armenian position.
Taking into consideration the Azerbaijani party’s interest in the visit, it is easy to guess that official Baku tries to drastically change the format of the negotiation process and to negotiate directly, without any mediators, with the NKR authorities, which has no alternative. Taking into account the incentives of such mutual visits aimed at reducing the tension between the societies involved in the conflict, the event is worth noticing.
This visit is especially notable in the sense that the Azerbaijani intelligentsia representatives, having visited our country, evidenced once again that they deal with an existing state, where, for the period after the proclamation of an independent republic, overcoming the difficulties and obstacles arisen as a result of the Azerbaijani aggression, the imposed war, and the blockade, unprecedented progress in all the spheres has been fixed, which created the best preconditions for the international recognition of the NKR independence”.