Azerbaijan backs Karabakh status quo despite having objections – Russian diplomat
18:15 • 04.04.16
For all its objections to the continuing status quo over Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan is doing everything possible to contribute to its maintenance, says Vladimir Kazimirov, a former Russian co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group.
“Azerbaijan severely criticizes and objects to the continuing status quo but at the same time, invests maximum efforts in maintaining it,” the diplomat told Tert.am in a recent interview.
According to him, Azerbaijan’s policies have created the vicious circle effect, leading the peace efforts into a stalemate. “On the one hand, they demand that the Armenians liberate the regions but on the other hand, they repeatedly threaten them with a renewed war. So the question is whether isn’t clear that the Armenian sides [Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh] are not likely to liberate those lands under the conditions of constant threats,” he said.
Asked to comment on the possible outcomes of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ upcoming talks in Vienna, Kazimirov said he expects only criticism. “I have no doubt that the co-chairs will discuss those incidents, making calls for returning to restraint and peaceful settlement of the conflict,” he said.
US Congressman calls for cutting aid to Azerbaijan amid continuing aggression
09:31 • 04.04.16
Congressman Brad Sherman calls for cutting all aid to Azerbaijan until it "it ceases its aggression, renounces violence, and commits to a purely peaceful resolution of the conflict."
Below is the complete statement issued by the Senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"The Azerbaijani aggression we have seen over the last few days is deeply disappointing. There are a number of news reports indicating that more than 100 Armenians have been killed as a result. Chairman Royce and I urged that Azerbaijan use the opportunity provided by the Nuclear Security Summit to advance the peace process.
"Instead, it appears that Azerbaijan's President Aliyev launched new attacks against Nagorno-Karabakh. I strongly condemn this aggression and believe that US assistance to Azerbaijan be cut off until it ceases its aggression, renounces violence, and commits to a purely peaceful resolution of the conflict."