The main obstacle to the peace process is Armenia`s support for the separatists , Hajiyev

The main obstacle to the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia is the fact that Armenia continues to maintain a financially and militarily-politically “separatist junta” in Karabakh, stated the assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev in an interview with the TASS news agency.

“It is the illegal regime in Khankendi that blocks the simultaneous opening of the Aghdam and Lachin routes, refuses to accept food shipments from Azerbaijan, justifying this with cave racist motives that can have no place in the civilized world,” Hajiyev said.

The illegal regime also torpedoes attempts by the central government of Azerbaijan to have a dialogue with the Armenian ethnic minority living in Karabakh, despite Baku’s repeated invitations to such contacts. “Armenia’s policy of supporting the illegal regime that has taken 30 thousand of our citizens of Armenian origin living in Karabakh hostage must be put to an end. There is no place for “gray zones” in Azerbaijan,” the assistant to the President of Azerbaijan said.

At the same time, he stressed that Baku will not discuss “with Armenia or with any third country issues that call into question the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.” “Attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of our state, including by pedaling the topic of creating some “international mechanisms” for dialogue between the central government of Azerbaijan and the ethnic Armenian minority in Karabakh, are doomed to failure. Karabakh is an internal issue of Azerbaijan, and any attempts to challenge this are counterproductive from the perspective of achieving sustainable peace in the region,” Hajiyev said.

To the question “can Azerbaijan resort to force again, as it was in 2020?”, he replied: “I would not like to comment on hypothetical scenarios. Azerbaijan is a responsible member of the international community and always acts in accordance with the provisions of its Constitution and the norms of international law. We are focused on the peaceful resolution of all existing issues.”

Touching upon the issue of unblocking transport communications in the region in general, Hajiyev drew attention to Armenia’s failure to fulfill its obligation to open the Zangezur corridor.

Armenia refuses its obligations under various pretexts and wants to continue to remain isolated, while Baku does not intend to wait and is already actively working on alternative projects with other countries in the region. We will not tie our logistical needs to the whims of the Armenian government and will move on with our regional partners.

“However, if Armenia refuses its obligations under various pretexts and wants to continue to remain isolated, then Baku does not intend to wait and is already actively working on alternative projects with other countries in the region. We will not tie our logistical needs to the whims of the Armenian government and will move on with our regional partners,” Hajiyev said.

At the same time, he considers it quite possible to sign a peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia before the end of this year.

“We still hope for the signing of a peace treaty by the end of this year and call on the Armenian political leadership to take the main step – to officially register recognition of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, including the Karabakh economic region of our republic, with its signature under the peace treaty and commit to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of our country in the future. Including through attempts to bring our internal issues, such as issues of our interaction with our citizens of Armenian ethnic origin in Karabakh, to international platforms under the pretext of ensuring the rights and security of this population group. These are our citizens, and their rights and security will be ensured by the Constitution of Azerbaijan. It is important that Armenia abandon the policy of financing and inciting separatism in our country,” Hajiyev explained Azerbaijan’s position.

Source: Turan News Agency

Pashinyan warned his opponents against attempts to overthrow the government

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan warned his opponents against attempts to overthrow the government.

“I will advise those who talk about the shooting, those who talk about the capture of Yerevan with blood, to reconsider their vocabulary and not to tempt fate. This is not 1999 for you and your godfathers, and certainly not October, and certainly not the 27th,” Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on September 15 at the final rally of the ruling Civil Contract party within the framework of the election campaign for the elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan.

“Come on, try your luck, and a rich asphalt diet awaits you, try your luck so much, lick the asphalt and curbs so much in order to fulfill and exceed the five-year plan of sanitizing Yerevan in one week,” the Armenian service of Radio Liberty quotes Pashinyan.

Nikol Pashinyan did not specify to whom his statements were addressed.

The other day, in an interview with journalists, the head of the opposition faction “I have the Honor” Hayk Mamidzhanyan said: “Yerevan will change with my, your sweat, then the citizens standing outside, patriots, and if Pashinyan does something stupid, then with blood too.”

On October 27, 1999, five armed men broke into the meeting room of the National Assembly of Armenia Parliament and opened fire on the deputies and members of the government sitting in the presidium and the hall.

As a result of the attack, Chairman of the National Assembly Karen Demirchyan, Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Vice Speakers Yuri Bakhshyan and Ruben Miroyan, Minister of Operational Affairs Leonard Petrosyan, deputies Armenak Armenakyan, Mikael Kotanyan, Henrik Abrahamyan were killed.

The terrorists have stated that their goal is to change the government. The next day, they surrendered after negotiations between the head of the terrorist group Nairi Hunanyan and the then President of Armenia Robert Kocharian.

According to some reports, the terrorist attack was staged by external forces to disrupt the alleged signing of a peace document between Armenia and Azerbaijan at the upcoming OSCE summit in Istanbul.

Source: Turan News Agency

Azerbaijan represented at G77 + China Summit

The opening ceremony of the G77+ China Summit has been held in the Republic of Cuba.

Azerbaijan was represented at the event by Speaker of the country’s Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova.

Addressing the discussions on roles of science, technology and innovations arranged as part of the Summit, Speaker Sahiba Gafarova noted that though a relatively new member, Azerbaijan attaches great importance to G77 and is ready to contribute to the group’s work actively.

‘The Sustainable Development Goals are of special importance to Azerbaijan as well. Azerbaijan remains committed to implementing the SDG Agenda for until 2030. Suffice to say, Azerbaijan was the first country in its region and one of the 12 countries in the world to submit three voluntary review reports to the UN,’ Gafarova mentioned.

‘A clean environment and green development are two of the five priority areas within the new socio-economic development strategy of Azerbaijan for until 2030. Our country ratified the Paris Climate Accords committing herself to the voluntary reduction of hothouse emissions by 35% by 2030, by which year, incidentally, renewable sources are expected to have exceeded 37% of the total energy capacity of the country thanks to the relevant projects that are afoot currently,’ the Speaker underlined.

‘I should like to note that Azerbaijan has offered to host the 29th conference of the parties to the Convention on Climate Change. We stand ready to make a contribution of our own to implementing the global climatic agenda and share our experience,’ Sahiba Gafarova noted.

‘President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made two global calls: to support the post pandemic revival of Africa and to do the same to the small island developing countries. Those calls were made at the summit meeting of the COVID-19 Contact Group of the Non-Aligned Movement in Azerbaijan in March this year. Those calls envisage a direct financial support, provision of greater education opportunities, capacity-building and other tools. Azerbaijan as the first donor released $1 million towards both calls’ implementation. It is vital for those countries’ sustainable development that the calls in question be supported by the international community,’ Gafarova said.

‘The official development aid was one of the mechanisms used by Azerbaijan to promote the international development agenda and to address development problems around the world more efficiently. The international aid from Azerbaijan’s International Development and Promotion Agency to more than 130 countries is intended to support sustainable development and eradicate poverty through building up the human and institutional potentials as well as via exchange of experience and advanced experience,’ Sahiba Gafarova underscored.

‘Sustainable development is unobtainable without peace and security today. Azerbaijan has launched the large-scale restoration of its formerly occupied lands following their liberation from the three-decades-long occupation in 2020. It is now one of the key development priorities of Azerbaijan. The country is facing a rather serious task to tackle, not least of building eight towns and hundreds of villages from scratch given the devastation that the occupation left behind. None the less, Azerbaijan is making great steps forward, the former IDPs are returning to their homeland after only a relatively short period of time since those lands were liberated,’ Gafarova emphasized.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Prosecutor Generals of foreign countries visit Azerbaijan’s Shusha and Fuzuli (PHOTO)

The delegations visiting Azerbaijan to attend the 33rd meeting of the Coordination Council of General Prosecutors of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the 4th meeting of the Prosecutors General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states have visited Shusha and Fuzuli districts, Trend reports.

The delegation included Prosecutors General of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Nigmatilla Yuldashev, Berik Asylov and Zulushev Toktoralyevich, delegations led by Deputy Prosecutor General of Turkmenistan Allanazar Nyazliyev, as well as Deputy Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization Jandos Asanov and representative of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States Igor Malashevich.

The participants visited the Jidir Duzu plain, the Ashagi and Yukhari Govhar Agha mosques, the Castle Walls, the Ganja Gates, and a number of other historical and cultural landmarks in Shusha city. They familiarized themselves with the restoration and construction projects being carried out in Azerbaijan’s cultural capital.

The delegations also visited Shusha city center square, where the shot statues of Natavan, Bulbul and Uzeyir Hajibeyli are located. They were informed that the statues that were taken from Armenia and brought to Azerbaijan at the initiative of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, and returned to their original places after the liberation of Shusha from occupation at the initiative of Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev are symbols of the country’s historic Victory and Great Return.

The visitors viewed the “Heydar Aliyev and Karabakh” exhibition in the Heydar Aliyev Foundation-restored Creative Center, which featured rare photographs, records, and video footage of the Great Leader’s contributions to Karabakh’s social, economic, political, and cultural development.

The guests said they were deeply impressed by the reconstruction works, large-scale projects, including newly built residential areas and other social purpose objects, and the fact that the head of state attaches great importance to the construction work. They also visited the secondary school No. 1 named after Mirzo Ulugbek built by the brotherly country of Uzbekistan in the city Fuzuli.

Source: Trend News Agency

Incoming Jordanian Ambassador presented copy of his credentials to Azerbaijani FM

On September 16, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov has received the newly appointed Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Omar al Nahar, Azerbaijani MFA told APA.

The Ambassador Omar al Nahar first presented the copy of his credentials to Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.

Minister Jeyhun Bayramov congratulated the ambassador Omar Al Nahar on his appointment as the Ambassador to Azerbaijan, and wished him success in his future endeavors.

At the meeting, issues on the agenda of bilateral and also multilateral cooperation between the two countries, and the prospects for the development of relations were discussed.

Noting that there is a wide potential for the development of cooperation between the countries in a number of fields, Ambassador Omar Al Nahar said that he will spare no efforts for the further development of Jordan-Azerbaijan relations during his diplomatic activity.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Amnesty International: Attempt to shut down Kloop is dark day for press freedom

Attempt of authorities of Kyrgyzstan to shut down media outlet is a dark day for press freedom. The international human rights organization Amnesty International said.

«Kloop Media is a respected independent voice that strives to provide reporting about the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan backed by fact. This attempt by the Kyrgyz authorities to shut it down is the latest move in a regression on freedom of expression and the exercising of human rights for citizens of Kyrgyzstan,» Maisy Weicherding, Researcher for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said.

As the organization notes, the lawsuit, filed by the Bishkek city Prosecutor’s Office, points to the critical stance taken by Kloop’s reporting. Yet the right to freedom of expression — as protected under the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan and international human rights law — emphasizes the imperative of heightened protection for political expression. Given the watchdog role of the media, public officials are expected to tolerate the higher levels of criticism that may be levelled against them.

The authorities’ unrelenting repression of freedom of speech and expression, including the targeting of journalists and government critics, and the crackdown on peaceful protest risks cancelling out the positive strides that have been made on human rights in Kyrgyzstan in the last few decades.

Amnesty International

«Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to immediately withdraw the lawsuit and allow Kloop to continue its essential work as a beacon of truth and human rights within the country,» the organization says.

It was reported on August 28 that Bishkek prosecutor Emilbek Abdymanapov filed a lawsuit in court to liquidate Kloop.Media public foundation.

The lawsuit, in particular, states that «most of the publications are of a negative nature, aimed at discrediting representatives of state and municipal bodies», «Kloop.Media publications contain hidden manipulations of the opinion of the society, which are imposed negative processes that do not correspond to reality, and create opposition to any undertakings of the current government».

The prosecutor cites several headlines and materials from Kloop.kg, which, according to the oversight body, are sharply critical of the government.

The prosecutor’s office also accuses the public foundation of concealing a large amount of funds.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Heat tariffs for non-domestic consumers proposed to be changed in Kyrgyzstan

The Department for Regulation of Fuel and Energy Complex under the Ministry of Energy of the Kyrgyz Republic proposes to amend the current tariff policy for heating and hot water. The document has been submitted for public discussion.

The department wants to change the cost of heat and hot water for industrial, budgetary and other consumers. Now they pay 2,052 soms for heat and 117 soms per cubic meter of hot water. Tariffs are adjusted annually taking into account the level of actual inflation for the previous year. It is planned to abandon this norm.

Tariffs are proposed to be set at the level of the cost of heat energy.

Such a norm is to be approved in order to introduce the principles of self-sufficiency of the energy sector, as well as for the annual improvement of the main indicators of the energy sector in conditions of money shortage.

The rates remain unchanged for the population. They will also pay 1,248 soms for one gigacalorie of heat and 72 soms for hot water according to the metering device or 345 soms according to the consumption norm in the absence of a meter.

Source: 24.kg News Agency

Prosecutor Generals of foreign countries visit Shusha and Fuzuli

The delegations visiting Azerbaijan to attend the 33rd meeting of the Coordination Council of General Prosecutors of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the 4th meeting of the Prosecutors General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states have visited Shusha and Fuzuli districts.

The delegation included Prosecutors General of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Nigmatilla Yuldashev, Berik Asylov and Zulushev Toktoralyevich, delegations led by Deputy Prosecutor General of Turkmenistan Allanazar Nyazliyev, as well as Deputy Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization Jandos Asanov and representative of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States Igor Malashevich.

The participants visited the Jidir Duzu plain, the Ashagi and Yukhari Govhar Agha mosques, the Castle Walls, the Ganja Gates, and a number of other historical and cultural landmarks in Shusha city. They familiarized themselves with the restoration and construction projects being carried out in Azerbaijan’s cultural capital.

The delegations also visited Shusha city center square, where the shot statues of Natavan, Bulbul and Uzeyir Hajibeyli are located. They were informed that the statues that were taken from Armenia and brought to Azerbaijan at the initiative of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, and returned to their original places after the liberation of Shusha from occupation at the initiative of Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev are symbols of the country’s historic Victory and Great Return.

The visitors viewed the “Heydar Aliyev and Karabakh” exhibition in the Heydar Aliyev Foundation-restored Creative Center, which featured rare photographs, records, and video footage of the Great Leader’s contributions to Karabakh’s social, economic, political, and cultural development.

The guests said they were deeply impressed by the reconstruction works, large-scale projects, including newly built residential areas and other social purpose objects, and the fact that the head of state attaches great importance to the construction work. They also visited the secondary school No. 1 named after Mirzo Ulugbek built by the brotherly country of Uzbekistan in the city Fuzuli.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency