News Digest April 12, 2016
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Greetings from the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC. This special edition of the news digest focuses on the ongoing developments in the Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict. To learn more about the Embassy’s activities, please remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Armenia Shatters Peace, Continues to Reject Cease-Fire
Yahoo News

Over the last several days the Armenian military units stationed on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan have significantly increased the intensity and frequency of heavy weapons fire and attacks on Azerbaijani positions and civilian settlements across the Line of Contact. These major violations of the cease-fire regime by Armenian forces claimed lives of both Azerbaijani uniformed personnel and civilians and have caused a severe destruction of normal civilian life. Throughout the protracted Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties have occurred among the Azerbaijani population.

Azeri envoy to US explains why world ignores Nagorno-Karabakh, focuses on Israel
The Jerusalem Post


The world rewards violence and uncivilized behavior and ignores those asserting their rights through appeals to international law and conscience, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Washington, Elin Suleymanov, said. Suleymanov’s comments came during a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post when asked why the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia – a conflict that has left some 20 percent of Azerbaijan occupied, led to 30,000 people killed in a war in the early 1990s, and some million refugees and internally displaced people – does not get a fraction of the world’s attention that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict gets. “That is an interesting question,” he said. “You live in the Holy Land, and that has its benefits and drawbacks – you will always have global attention. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has a symbolic and emotional impact around the world.”

Mounting Tensions in Armenia-Azerbaijan ‘Nagorno Karabakh’ Conflict Threatens European Security
The London Post


A longstanding conflict in the Caucasus between Armenia and Azerbaijan hit the headlines after the bloody exchange of heavy artillery fire. Despite attempts by Armenia and by some in the West to portray the conflict as a religious and cultural conflict, in fact it is merely about Armenian territorial claims towards Azerbaijan with humanitarian dimensions.

Nagorno-Karabakh: The occupation must end
Al Jazeera


Over recent years, the Armenian assaults against the Azeri civilians, residents of the villages along the line of contact, have considerably intensified. Armenia opted to use heavy artillery, mortars and large-calibre machine guns, which had not been recorded in the first decade of the ceasefire. Constant provocations and escalations of the situation by Armenia undermined the peace process - within the framework of the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group - aiming to freeze the current status quo and prepare the ground for the future formal annexation.

Congressman Cohen’s Statement on Armenia’s Military Aggression against Azerbaijan
U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), co-chairman of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus, released the following statement on Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan on the Line of Contact in Nagorno-Karabakh: “I welcome the recently announced ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia,” said Congressman Cohen. “It remains unfortunate, however, that Armenia prolonged the hostilities for more than 24 hours after Azerbaijan on Sunday called for an end to the violence. I urge Armenia to remain in compliance with the agreed-upon ceasefire and to work with Azerbaijan through the Minsk Group to finally resolve this long-standing conflict.”

Azerbaijan Ambassador Suleymanov discusses Armenian conflict
Daily Mail

Azerbaijan Ambassador Elin Suleymanov discusses the conflict with Armenia.

Echoes of Stalinism abound in the very modern Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict
The Independent


The Independent’s correspondent Robert Fisk writes: “Stalin has so often been blamed (as Soviet acting Minister of Nationalities in the 1920s) for giving the mountainous Armenian region to Muslim Azerbaijan – on the grounds that he liked to divide nationalities – that a 20-year discrepancy and the unrelated history of the Second World War didn’t seem to matter. The line from reporters, diplomats and pseudo-experts was pretty much the same when the conflict flared up again this month: here they go again. Now I have to say that I always thought that the current war in Nagorno-Kharabagh was a particularly dirty conflict. When it was rekindled with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1988, one of Yerevan’s excuses for “taking it back” was that it contained some of the nation’s oldest churches. True. But there are plenty of Turkic historical roots in Karabagh. In much the same way, eastern Europe contains some of Teutonic Germany’s oldest buildings, and much of the Balkans boasts fine Ottoman Turkish architecture. But the ruins of ancient heritage make a very dodgy excuse for war.”

Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: The EU must act now
The Parliament Magazine


Member of Azerbaijani Parliament Azay Guliyev writes: “The EU must apply pressure on Armenia to respect the ceasefire and abandon the illegal occupation of occupied regions of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has recently been subject to its worst hostilities since the 1994 truce, which ended a war in which Armenian-backed fighters seized the Nagorno-Karabakh and its seven surrounding regions from Azerbaijan.”

Rights and wrongs in Nagorno-Karabakh
The Guardian


Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the U.K. Tahir Taghizadeh writes: “It is long overdue that the international community comes up with a plan to produce a peaceful and full solution to the conflict. However, the continuing presence of Armenian armed forces in the internationally recognised territories of Azerbaijan remains a key hurdle on the way to the peace. What makes the situation even more complicated is that international mediation, in the format of OSCE Minsk Group, has turned into an ineffective mechanism, leading to a stalemate.”

A Memorial for a Jew in a Muslim Land: A True Story
The Algemeiner


Albert Agarunov, an Azerbaijani National Hero and renowned tank commander, was one of the last standing soldiers during the invasion of the Azerbaijani town of Shusha by Armenian troops. On May 7, 1992, at the age of 23, Albert left the safety of his tank to maneuver the vehicle around the bodies of victims, literally laying in the street, in order to protect and respect their memories. He was on the ground, directing his tank to drive around the bodies of fallen men, women and children when a bullet took his life. Albert was an Azerbaijani Jew, and he is one of the nation’s most celebrated war heroes.

Ukraine’s position of support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is unchanged - phone conversation between the two Presidents
President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine

In the course of the official visit to Japan, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The President assured that Ukraine’s position of support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan within the internationally recognized borders remained unchanged.

Azerbaijan and Armenia tangle over disputed territory
The Washington Times


The recent outbreak of violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan is the most serious in more than two decades, since the cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia was established in 1994. It is a tragedy, as many lives have been lost on both sides. However, it is also something that cannot simply be explained away as something that “just happened.” There are many reasons and motivations for what has just occurred.

Azerbaijan’s Ambassador Elin Suleymanov discusses conflict with Armenia
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