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WE ALL WANT TO RETURN TO BAKU

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An ethnic Armenian originally from Baku, public figure Rima Sarkisova could not hold back tears. And literally gasping for breath said: ‘My dear! Thousands of Baku Armenians have never been able to find a warm shelter in a foreign land. As a result of the provocative and hostile policy of nationalist circles in Armenia, an artificial Karabakh conflict was unleashed. After all, we lived side by side for hundreds of years. Loved, empathised, experienced joy and bitterness together, in our united Azerbaijani family.

I came from Ukraine. But my heart is full of love for our Baku and today’s Azerbaijan. In the first days of my stay in the Azerbaijani capital, at home, I can say with confidence – there is no better place for a happy and safe life.

I appeal to all representatives of the Armenian nation. It is time to stop the fascist power of Sargsyan, and to achieve the accession of peace in our land. And today’s tolerant, developed and civilised Azerbaijan is a vivid embodiment of the model of successful adaptation of multiculturalism and internationalism in one country.’

‘The government of Azerbaijan is quite scrupulous about the rights of national minorities. We closely monitor the government’s policy in the sphere of protecting the rights of national and religious minorities. This is quite obvious in the observance of the rights of the Russian-speaking population, Lezgins, Talyshes and other ethnicities,’ the researcher of the London School of Economics Mikaela Nicoletta said in her speech.

According to the British expert, taking into account the implementation of such a policy, the model of coexistence of Armenians and Azerbaijanis can be considered as one of the best ways to resolve the Karabakh conflict.

‘Territorial integrity or self-determination of peoples? Do these two categories come into conflict?’ the researcher asks questions. And then answers: ‘On the example of recent events in Catalonia, one can say that European security for the first time felt the imminent danger of the disintegration and chaotic break-up of a historically developed state.

Considering the experience of applying the model of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan, the coexistence of two peoples can be considered in the format of the integrity of the state.’

Multiculturalism in Azerbaijan has been a natural way of life since ancient times, allowing different peoples and cultures to integrate and share their heritage.

What distinguishes us Karabakh Armenians from Azerbaijani or other peoples living in Azerbaijan? Religion and language, although I will make a reservation, in our language spoken by Karabakh Armenians, there are a lot of Turkic words,’ says Artur Agajanov. And what unites the Karabakh Armenians and Azerbaijanis? Outward similarity, character, culture. We had many mixed marriages. The Baku and Karabakh Armenians had the most pleasant impressions about Azerbaijanis and their peacefulness.

We always felt part of the tolerant, united Azerbaijani nation. Our joint living with Azerbaijanis enriched our culture.

In my opinion, the Karabakh Armenians and Karabakh Azeris have the same roots, customs, traditions and outlook. We, the Karabakh Armenians, are very fond of the Azerbaijani mugham.

I do not see any problems for the joint living of the two peoples in the future.’

American analyst and journalist Peter Tas believes that in the modern world it is impossible to sacrifice the interests of the territorial integrity of states to the vague and indefinite principle of self-determination of peoples.

‘How can one people self-determine on the territory of different states? Where will this chaotic process lead? And how can the modern system of international security manage to stop this confusion, which destroys the present borders of the states that have developed? Moreover, in the Caucasus, the attempt at self-determination causes the incitement of ethnic strife, unleashes bloody wars, opens up opportunities for the formation of ideological fascism in one taken country, Armenia,’ the American analyst said in his speech.

According to him, if the world community does not show a single and consolidated position with regard to resolutely ensuring the integrity of Azerbaijan, it will be impossible to talk about stabilisation and a guaranteed future in the Western community.

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‘Karabakh Armenians should return to the political space of Azerbaijan. For hundreds of years, Armenians and Azerbaijanis have co-existed together. We have one tradition, one historical heritage, single mentality. But why have we been deprived of the right to choose? Believe me, many Karabakh Armenians supported the return of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan,’ Armenian historian Artur Agajanov said in his speech.

In addition, Agajanov condemned the belligerent policy of the current government of Armenia, urging it to abandon military rhetoric.

Along with this Artur Agajanov emphasised the role of Heydar Aliyev in the localisation of the Karabakh conflict. The Armenian public figure called on the Karabakh Armenians ‘to escape from the influence of the Armenian occupation regime and reintegrate with their historical homeland – Azerbaijan.’

Artur Agajanov
‘The wave of fascism and anti-Semitism has risen in Armenia, and the culmination of the campaign was the cultivation of the image of the Armenian fascist and one of the servants of German Nazism, Garegin Nzhdeh. This Nazi criminal was declared the ideological cult of the Republican Party ruling in Armenia,’ Israeli political scientist Aryeh Gut said in his speech.

Then the floor was given to the representative of the Presidential Administration, Etibar Najafov. According to him, despite the collapse of multiculturalism in some leading countries of the West, as European leaders and politicians openly declare, Azerbaijan has chosen multiculturalism as the cornerstone of its state policy.

E.Najafov expresses confidence that the model of multiculturalism has fully justified itself in multi-ethnic Azerbaijan, being harmonised with the internal and foreign policy of the government. Azerbaijan wants a peaceful policy and builds on the principles of the ‘Baku process’ (multi-ethnicity, multi-confessionality and ethnic tolerance), proclaimed by President Ilham Aliyev in 2008.

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The secretary of the State Commission, head of the working group Ismayil Akhundov spoke at the conference with an introductory speech. Thanking the foreign and domestic experts, as well as Armenian researchers for participating in the conference, the speaker spoke about the policy of multiculturalism and coexistence of peoples, conducted by President Ilham Aliyev.

Armenian representatives are preparing for the conference. In a few minutes the conference will begin its work.

Artur Agajanov and Rima Sarkisova
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A scientific and practical conference began in Baku, in which Armenian researchers and public figures – Artur Agajanov and Rima Sarkisova – take part. A.Agajanov and R.Sarkisova are active participants of the Armenian-Azerbaijani peaceful platform. The conference was organised by the State Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan on prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons.

In order to discuss the Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism, well-known representatives of the think tanks of the West and Israel arrived in Baku.

Representatives of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, Centre for Strategic Studies under the President, Heydar Aliyev Centre, employees of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and deputies of the Milli Majlis are also participating in the conference.

Along with the successful Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism, the conference will discuss the consequences of Armenia’s expansionist policy in the Caucasus.

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Armenian police sent to border with Azerbaijan

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On August 23, the first units of the Armenian internal troops will leave for the border with Azerbaijan. As reported by Azeri Daily with reference to the Armenian media, the head of the police of Armenia Valery Osipyan said this at the preparatory meeting in connection with the sending to the border of the Ministry of Internal Affairs employees.

‘Police troops are distinguished by their discipline. You have many years of experience, there are commanders who have passed the military way. I am more than sure that you will accomplish your mission with honour,’ said Osipyan to the commanders of internal troops.

The head of the Armenian police reminded that in April 2016 police troops participated in military operations in Karabakh, and promised at the first opportunity to arrive at the positions.

The first watch of the Armenian internal forces will be held in the Tavush region on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

It should be reminded that Defence Minister David Tonoyan proposed to send Armenian Internal Troops to combat duty on the border with Azerbaijan.

As is known, due to the acute shortage of military personnel experienced by the Armenian army in occupied Karabakh and on the border with Azerbaijan, residents of nearby villages were periodically recruited for combat duty. As a result, because of the lack of military discipline, unpleasant incidents occurred.

It is assumed that after the deployment of the internal troops units on the border with Azerbaijan, the Armenian Defence Ministry will have the opportunity to send additional troops to Karabakh. The fact is that there is a shortage of Armenian troops on the contact line. Many posts have only two or three servicemen on duty, and at some points of observation there is no one at all.

As noted by Valery Osipyan, in order to repulse the counter-offensive undertaken by two or three units of the Azerbaijani Army in April 2016, not only the occupation forces of Nagorno-Karabakh, but also the internal forces troops from Armenia were mobilised.

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Karabakh opposition activists: ‘We’re starting fight with this puppy-president’

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When the so-called ‘head of Nagorno-Karabakh’ Bako Sahakyan came to power, local Armenians, hinting at his career as an agent of the Federal Security Service of Russia, nicknamed him ‘a KGB puppy.’ As reported by Azeri Daily, now Bako Sahakyan has a new nickname. Local oppositionists call him a ‘milksop.’

Tigran Grigoryan, an activist of the opposition ‘Party of National Revival of Nagorno-Karabakh,’ told that in an interview with Lenta.ru. Grigoryan’s party is the main political force opposing the regime of the criminal junta of Bako Sahakyan in Khankendi. It is represented in the local ‘parliament’ by only one deputy.

It was this party that was the main organiser of the protests that began after the beating of two local residents by the employees of the special services of Nagorno-Karabakh, which forced Bako Sahakyan to change the leadership of the security forces and the ‘head of government.’

Now Grigoryan says that their goal is the expulsion of Bako Sahakyan from power. The Karabakh oppositionist argues that the ruling elite in 2017 changed the ‘constitution’ for its own purposes and extended Bako Sahakyan’s personal authority until 2020, thus clearing the way for his next two ‘presidential elections’ already until 2030.

‘This decision was supported by Yerevan, and maybe even was a personal initiative of Serzh Sargsyan,’ Grigoryan said.

According to him, Bako Sahakyan is an ‘illegal and illegitimate president’ since he had unlawfully seized power. Sahakyan was elected not by the people, but by the ‘parliament.’ When the ‘parliament’ was elected, no one explained that after taht the ‘deputies’ would have to elect the ‘president of the NKR’ as well.

‘And one more factor that he cannot control Nagorno-Karabakh: Bako Sahakyan is weak. At the last rally, I called him a ‘milksop,’ perhaps it is somewhat tough and goes beyond political etiquette. But I think it was necessary to say so. Because Bako Sahakyan has been behaving like a milksop for 11 years.

In 2007, he was appointed ‘NKR president’ from Yerevan: Sargsyan needed a man who unquestioningly carried out his orders. And such a person was exactly Sahakyan. For 11 years, Sahakyan participated in many crimes against the Armenian people. One can recall the events of March 1, 2008, when military units were sent from Nagorno-Karabakh to Yerevan,’ Grigoryan said.

The Karabakh opposition leader does not hide that he is inspired by the ‘velvet revolution’ that took place in Armenia, headed by Nikol Pashinyan, and the day is not far distant when he will lead the people to the streets of Khankendi to drive Sahakyan out of power.

‘Bako Sahakyan is nothing without Serzh Sargsyan, he is a nobody. He has no authority among the ruling elite and does not enjoy authority among people,’ Grigoryan said.

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Zoya Tadevosyan: We call them liberated, but in fact these are occupied territories

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The territories liberated during the Karabakh war are not the territories of Karabakh. We call them liberated, but in fact – these are the territories that were occupied, member of the Armenian National Congress Zoya Tadevosyan said at a press conference in Yerevan.

Such a statement caused great resonance both within Armenia and beyond its borders. Political analysts are sure that such a bold statement by a member of the national congress was made in connection with the arrests of the most prominent representatives of the “war party” – General Manvel Grigoryan, ex-president Robert Kocharian and dozens of criminal authorities – certain politicians and intellectuals begin to comprehend the reasons of sticky situation in Armenia.

We, in fact, witness a sensation. Armenia experiences a kind of revolution in public consciousness that could eventually lead to a search for a more real effective compromise between Armenia and Azerbaijan, member of Public Chamber of Russia Sergei Markov said.

Political analysts are sure that Zoya Tadevosyan’s bold statement is the first spark in the formation of a new public opinion in Armenia. This statement gives new hope for a peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The fact that some politicians are ready to talk about Armenia’s fault in this conflict publicly can lead to a serious change in public consciousness. The most important thing is that people would have the freedom to express such positions. In this case, a very serious transformation of the public consciousness of Armenia is possible. However, perhaps part of the Armenian population is tired of this artificial dispersal of ultra-patriotism and would be ready to adopt a more self-critical stance that would create more realistic opportunities for seeking a peaceful compromise around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, member of Public Chamber of Russia Sergei Markov said.

This is certainly a message, an intellectual message that gives hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be settled peacefully. Now, there is a real chance to check whether the parties to the conflict are ready for real peace talks and for real steps in order not to kill each other, but somehow through mutual compromise to agree and try to live in peace, rather than in war, political analyst Oleg Kuznetsov said.

Tadevosyan’s statement caused a violent reaction in Karabakh. Assistant to the separatist leader David Babayan called this statement “a political betrayal of national interests and a manifestation of moral degradation.” Former deputy commander of the Karabakh forces Arthur Aghabekyan and former head of the Security Service of the separatists Arshavir Garamyan made similar statements. The latter urged the population of Karabakh to take to the streets and protest against the idea of returning the territories to Azerbaijan.

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