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Baku hosts “Armenian genocide: real history or historical lie” conference

24.04.2017 | 17:59

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A scientific and practical conference “Armenian genocide: real history or historical lie” has kicked off in Baku. The conference is organized by the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons.

In his remarks at the event, Secretary of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons Ismayil Akhundov highlighted the goal of the conference and the issues to be discussed at the event.

Chairman of Turkey’s Talat Pasa Committee Ali Erdinc delivered a lecture on “What actually happened on April 24, 1915″ Response to Armenian lies, and the importance of Azerbaijan-Turkey relations in this regard”.

He said that the committee aims to reveal the groundless Armenian claims and increase the world community`s awareness of realities in order to ensure territorial integrity and national security of Turkey and Azerbaijan.
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Azerbaijan, Italy celebrate 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations

21.04.2017 | 16:31

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Within his official visit to Italy, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov, has visited one of the oldest and most prestigious think tank centre in Rome – Society for International Organization (SIOI).

According to the press service of the ministry, at first, Elmar Mammadyarov and the president of SIOI Franco Frattini attended the opening of a photo exhibition on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Italy. The exhibition widely covered the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as high-level visits, the events organized in Italy to promote Azerbaijan’s realities and culture.

Following the photo exhibition, SIOI hosted a conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Italy.

Addressing the event, Franco Frattini shared his impressions of his visit to Azerbaijan and informed about the role of the country in regional and international policy.

Highlighting the development of relations between the two countries, Benedetto Della Vedova, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that Italy-Azerbaijan cooperation is based on a solid foundation. Deputy Minister also mentioned that relations between the two countries have reached strategic partnership level.

In turn, Elmar Mammadyarov spoke off the priorities of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy, stressing development prospects of Azerbaijan-Italy relations. The minister also informed about history of the country’s independence, Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan and its serious consequences, settlement process on resolution of the conflict, energy and transport strategy, as well as TANAP and TAP projects, contributions to international peace and security, the promotion of multiculturalism and inter-religious dialogue, Azerbaijan’s relations with Italy and the European Union.

Elmar Mammadyarov answered the questions of the audience.

The event brought together members of the Italian Parliament, scientists in the field of international relations and international law, researchers, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Italy and media representatives.

 

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Swiss envoy: Karabakh conflict negatively affects whole region

13.04.2017 | 16:56

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Switzerland very strongly supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group for peaceful resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Swiss Ambassador to Azerbaijan Philipp Stalder told Trend.

“We think that both conflicting sides should sit down at the negotiation table and hold meaningful peace negotiations in a more structured way,” the ambassador said. “Of course, any conflict has negative impact on the neighboring countries and the whole region and that is, unfortunately, also the case for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries 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.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

 

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The Association for Civil Society Development in Azerbaijan (ACSDA) presented an alternative report to the report submitted by the Republic of Armenia to UN

08.04.2017 | 15:26

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A periodic report of Armenia for 2010 – 2015 will be discussed at the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on April 24 – May 12, 2017. The Armenian state provided information about the situation of ensuring the requirements of UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – refugees, discrimination against national minorities, religious tolerance and so on in this report. Nevertheless, Armenia, as always, tries to deceive the international community by presenting the existing situation as positive through its lies. The ACSDA submitted to UN an alternative report to Armenia’s report in 6 (English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and French) languages. This ACSDA report fully exposed continuous lies and falsifications of Armenia. The alternative report is published on the UN’s official website.

The report states that:

– The report submitted by the Republic of Armenia falsified historical facts about relations with Republic of Azerbaijan. PACE Resolution 2085 (2016) on “Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water” adopted during plenary session in January of 2016 confirms the occupation of Nagorno Karabakh and other territories of Azerbaijan by the Armenian state. The Republic of Armenia is directly responsible for ethnic cleansing, massacres against civilians, other international crimes committed in the occupied territories, as well as for impunity of responsible persons;

– The Republic of Armenia threatens Azerbaijan with “environmental aggression”, and other ethnic group – Azerbaijanis with humanitarian, moral, economic, environmental, and biological danger through the occupied Sarsang reservoir, which is underlined in PACE Resolution 2085 (2016);

– The Republic of Armenia is responsible for military hostilities in the territories of neighboring country, killing people on ethnic basis, keeping them as hostages, not disclosing information about, using violence and inhuman behavior against them;

– The policy and measures on the illegal resettlement of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and other countries in Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan is a direct violation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination;

– Political authorities of Armenia are responsible for preventing Azerbaijanis and other ethnic groups, who were internally displaced (deported) from their permanent places of residence, to return to Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan and to the territories of the Republic of Armenia;

– The Republic of Armenia destroys religious places and historical monuments belonging to Azerbaijanis and falsifies their origin;

– A political organization promoting racial discrimination functions in the Republic of Armenia. And the Armenian state ignored the UN’s call on legally dissolving this organization.

The ACSDA report includes such significant facts, at the same time, demands the explanation of these issues by the Armenian state before the UN Committee. The report states that the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination should request from the Republic of Armenia to eliminate racial discrimination against Azerbaijanis and other ethnic groups, to end hate speech as to race, and to condemn and prevent any such public initiative.

See full text of the alternative report by ACSDA:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1109&Lang=en

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