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A growing number of people keep joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace, created by Azerbaijan to accelerate the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the people’s diplomacy

A growing number of people keep joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace, created by Azerbaijan to accelerate the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the people’s diplomacy.

President of the International Sustainable Energy Organization (ISEO) Gustav R. Grob made a statement on March 30 about his joining the Platform.

“After centuries of hatred and wars it is time for world-wide peace, tolerance and fruitful cooperation,” his statement reads.

Grob expressed his respect and support to territorial integrity, sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of the conflicting countries and added that he believes in peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

He also emphasized the necessity of implementation of resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, as well as resolutions and decisions of different international organizations.

“I would like to note the importance of efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group regarding the settlement of the conflict,” Grob stated.

Referring to the long tradition of coexistence of the peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia, he noted with regret that the young generations in both countries have formed their perception about each other in the context of war resulting from the unresolved conflict.

“Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform” is a unique opportunity to a fast peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Grob stated.

The Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform was founded on December 6 in Baku 2016 by a group of Azerbaijani and Armenian public figures and peacekeepers. It was created to bring together representatives of civil society of the two countries for creating dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

However, this initiative was negatively perceived by the Armenian government, which started persecution of those Armenians who joined the Platform.

Chairman of Arabian Platform for Renewable and Efficient Energy and of Tunisian organization Women for Sustainable Development, Kamel Esseghairi also made a statement about joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace.

He also highlighted the necessity of implementing the resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council and other international organizations and recalled the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group.

“I believe that this initiative will contribute to the solution of the conflict. Therefore, I make a statement about joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace, which is aimed at a peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and restoring and preserving peace in South Caucasus,” Esseghairi writes.

Thus, the Platform for Peace is gaining strength as increasing number of people from around the world, including Armenia, joins it. Apart from the official negotiations of the presidents and foreign ministers of the conflicting countries, the people’s diplomacy is of high importance, and this has been stated by many international experts.

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Peter Tase: Armenia must withdraw its troops from the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan

Expert hopes Washington to intensify efforts for sustainable solution of Karabakh conflict.

Armenia must withdraw its troops from the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, including Nagorno-Karabakh and its seven surrounding regions, and should respect the international laws and UN Security Council resolutions, said Peter Tase, a political analyst and international relations expert at the Marquette University.

Tase named this condition as one of three items that must be followed so that concrete results are seen in the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Secondly, Yerevan must refrain from embracing the current status-quo and engage in a results oriented set of negotiations with the leadership of Azerbaijan,” Tase said in an interview with Eurasia Diary.

Azerbaijan and Armenia for over two decades have been locked in conflict, which emerged over Armenian territorial claims. Since the 1990s war, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal, but they have not been enforced to this day.

Tase further added that the Armenian government must focus on combating corruption and organized crime, and not use the conflict as a shield and as a tool that helps overshadow the domestic problems that Armenian population faces.

In third, Tase considers that the OSCE, European Union and other distinguished international players and organizations must play an active role towards bringing peace and stability in the Caucasus region, and “they must defend the principles of international law and be impartial during the negotiations process”.

Speaking of the foreign policy of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, Tase said that no well deserved attention was provided for Azerbaijan and other Caspian region countries during the last two weeks.

“The historic partnership between Azerbaijan and the United States must be strengthened and further developed in many fields including, economy, trade, commerce, education and cultural initiative,” Tase noted.

The expert also voiced hope that Washington will provide a more robust intervention towards the sustainable solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“I am hopeful that President Trump will appoint a team of experts at the State Department that will address and bring concrete results in the decades’ long conflict that is succumbing the nation of Azerbaijan and is strengthening peace and stability in the Caucasus region,” said Tase.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only mediator in resolution of the conflict, the occupation of the territory of the sovereign State with its internationally recognized boundaries has been left out of due attention of the international community for years.

Armenia ignores four UN Security Council resolutions on immediate withdrawal from the occupied territory of Azerbaijan, thus keeping tension high in the region.

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U.S. co-chair: OSCE MG committed to contributing to Karabakh peace talks

U.S. co-chair: OSCE MG committed to contributing to Karabakh peace talks.

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs remain committed to contributing to the negotiations aimed at achieving a lasting resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on the principles of international law, the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act.

U.S. co-chair of the OSCE MG Richard Hoagland made the remark while talking to Armenian media on January 25.

“We will continue our mediation efforts in the peace process as long as the parties believe that our efforts produce results,” the US co-chair said.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acts as the only mediator in resolution of the conflict, it failed to make any move to achieve a breakthrough in the peace process so far.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan’s territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.

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Ambassador Warlick: Karabakh conflict settlement proposals are on negotiating table

The hostilities on the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops in April 2016 resulted in many casualties and demonstrated that there can be no military solution to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

James Warlick, US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group made the remark while talking to Trend on December 14.

Warlick said that since then, the ceasefire has generally been respected by the sides and there are proposals on the table that can lead to a settlement.

“In 2016, we have seen a renewed effort to make progress in negotiations, particularly at the summits in Vienna and St. Petersburg, and we hope the sides will engage constructively to find a way forward,” Warlick said.

Azerbaijan and Armenia for over two decades have been locked in conflict, which emerged over Armenian territorial claims. Since the 1990s war, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal, but they have not been enforced to this day.

The OSCE Minsk Group, the activities of which have become known as the Minsk Process, works to find a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for over two decades, but in vain.

“I wish I could see into the crystal ball,” the diplomat said regarding further developments on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement during the presidency of Donald Trump.

“I have no doubt, however, that the U.S. government will remain committed to a peaceful settlement through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries,” he said.

Warlick further mentioned that given his decision to step down on December 31, an interim Co-Chair will be announced in the near future.

Ambassador James Warlick assumed the office in September 2013. In December 2012, Robert Bradtke completed his term as the U.S. Minsk Group co-chair. Then, Ian Kelly was named as the U.S. co-chair on an interim basis.

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UNTOLD STORY OF THE AZERBAIJANI REFUGEE CHILDREN FROM KARABAKH – Event

YOUNG VOICES ANCIENT SONG 

BY JEFFREY WERBOCK

followed by LIVE MUSIC

UNTOLD STORY OF THE AZERBAIJANI REFUGEE CHILDREN

FROM KARABAKH

Following the screening, the director of the documentary Jeffrey Werbock, one of the best experts in Azerbaijani music in the West, will respond to your questions as well as perform Azerbaijani music on national instruments

on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2016, at 6:30 PM

at ARCLIGHT CINEMA

395 Santa Monica Place, Ste 330

Santa Monica, CA 90401

 FREE ADMISSION

The space is limited.

Please R.S.V.P. asap at event@azconsulatela.org
or  (310) 444-9101

Refreshments will be offered at the event

WATCH A SHORT TRAILERhttps://youtu.be/AkFlCy6r6ws

 

 ABOUT THE FILM

An American devotee (Jeffrey Werbock) of the ancient Azerbaijani musical tradition known as Mugham, has been introducing Western audiences to this remarkable and unique genre for more than four decades. Having learned that some Azerbaijani children are capable of performing this most sophisticated form of their national music, he arranged for an expedition to Azerbaijan in 2000 to film this truly remarkable phenomenon. Many of the talented children he met were living in refugee camps as they had been displaced by a war that raged for several years in their ancestral homeland of Karabakh. Eight years later Jeffrey returned to Azerbaijan on a quest to search for the children he met during the first expedition, now grown up, to find out if they continue to play and sing, to find the next generation of children mugham artists, and to see if this venerable musical tradition has a future.

In the aftermath of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict of 1988-94, over one million Azerbaijanis were expelled from their ancestral homeland seeking refuge in tents, mud brick dwellings and railway containers. Despite the harsh living conditions and the injustice of being forced out from their homes and lands, witnessing their devotion and determination to preserve their traditional music is astonishing.

The film was produced by the European Azerbaijan Society.

NOTE: Doors open at 6:30pm and the screening starts at 7:00pm sharp. If you would like to bring more than one guest, please let us know when you RSVP.

PARKING: Parking is available in the parking structure adjacent to the theater. First 90 minutes are free, $1 for the next hour, $1.50 each additional 30 minutes.

AGE RESTRICTION: Children under 6 years of age are not permitted

THE CONSUL GENERAL OF AZERBAIJAN IN LOS ANGELES