We are very much hopeful for the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2006 - ICG Project Director

We are very much hopeful for the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2006 - ICG Project Director

Interview with Ms. Sabina Freizer, Caucasus Project Director of the International Crisis Group

Question: What was the necessity for the development of the second report on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

Answer: The ICG has been published two reports on Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The first was published in September and is called �Nagorno Karabakh viewing to the conflict from the ground and the second was published in October and is called �Nagorno-Karabakh: A Plan for Peace’. We designed two separate reports and the intention was to publish them closely together. Two reports showed two different attitudes on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The first point predominantly focuses on the situation on the ground, how people critically live in Karabakh
, how the displaced persons from Nagorno-Karabakh live in Azerbaijan.

The second report focuses on the negotiations. To explain first how the negotiations have evolved it describes the process since the cease-fire and how especially the Prague-process has evolved since 2004. In order to draft the reports the ICG carried out work in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

Question: Did your representatives directly visit the territory under the control of the Armenian armed forces?

Answer: We were able to visit Nagorno Karabakh, Stepanakert and other cities in Nagorno-Karabakh. In addition, we were able to travel to Kelbajar.

Question: What is your attitude towards the negotiation process and how much are you familiar with the details of the talks?

Answer: As I said, the second report describes the Prague Process and the current negotiations. Our understanding and our feeling is that there will be a progress in the talks, especially next year, 2006. And we are very much hopeful that the settlement will be possibly found next year.

Question: The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs stated that only they have a mandate to carry out mediation in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Could you comment on this statement?

Answer: Correct. Currently MG is the int’l group which has a mandate to facilitate the negotiations. Our organization is an NGO. Our intention is to open a discussion on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. So, our intention is not to participate in the process, but rather to help the public understand the negotiation process and simply to provide information. Of course, the MG is a governmental type of organization. We as NGO have the role to help society understand and participate in broader discussions on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Question: Why did not you send your proposals to the OSCE Minsk Group, but made public?

Answer: No it’s not true, we have sent our proposals to the OSCE MG

Question: How much support do your proposals gain at the European Union and different international organizations, including the Council of Europe?

Answer: We are in the process now of making our recommendations known to international organizations. A few weeks ago in Brussels I presented our reports and findings to European institutions, including the European Commission and Council. We have also presented them to government officials in London and plan to continue doing so in other European capitals in the coming months. So far our reports have been received with much interest by international decision-makers. As all ICG reports usually are.

Iran's AEO spokesman talks Natanz nuclear facility damage following accident
Iran's AEO spokesman talks Natanz nuclear facility damage following accident
Expert says Iran should talk with IAEA over remaining concerns
Expert says Iran should talk with IAEA over remaining concerns
Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant restarts operating
Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant restarts operating
Loading Bars
Azerbaijan launches pilot project for breeding highly productive species of livestock
TPAO to continue conducting oil, gas exploration in 2 Turkish provinces
TABIB discloses number of infected people in Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic
Assistant to Azerbaijani president: List of spheres affected by pandemic to be amended
TABIB: Azerbaijan begins to conduct serologic tests
Georgian National Bank takes measures to support tourism sector
Assistant to Azerbaijani president: Those infected people who leave houses - criminally liable
Turkmen company plans to increase harvest of vegetables
Central Bank of Azerbaijan to hold deposit auction
Five-month cargo shipment volume via Turkish Mersin port disclosed
Turkey bans entrance of Kazakhs as anti-COVID quarantine extended
Fitch estimates Georgia Global Utilities regulated water revenue
Aztelekom develops project to improve quality of services in Azerbaijani districts
Kazakhstan starts exporting locomotives to Moldova
PETRONAS Carigali in Turkmenistan opens tender for purchase of high-speed ship
Azerbaijan records growth in export of its products to Switzerland
Erdogan: Some countries' statements on Hagia Sophia - direct interference in Turkey's internal affairs
Data on maritime cargo transshipment from US via ports of Turkey announced
Plastic cards number grows in Kazakhstan year-on-year
Azerbaijan makes changes to SMS permission system during COVID-19 quarantine
Azerbaijan reveals amount of COVID-19 cases revealed in Baku
Info on cargo shipment from Iran via Turkish ports disclosed
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz to streamline global production network
Georgian citizens traveling to Latvia not be placed under mandatory quarantine
Azerbaijan discloses number of fatal COVID-19 cases
Azerbaijan Hotel Association eyes restoring work in post-pandemic period
Russia's Tatneft opens tender for construction, installation work in Turkmenistan
Iran's export to Kuwait declines
Oil demand won’t get back to pre-crisis growth trend for some years
Azerbaijan confirms 583 new COVID-19 cases
IOM assists Turkmenistan in developing counter-trafficking plan
Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers approves resolution on toughening quarantine regime
Revenues of Georgian Vannilla Sky decrease
Transport cooperation between Lithuania, Kazakhstan growing despite COVID-19 pandemic
Kim Jong Un says North Korea prevented coronavirus from making inroads
Azerbaijani president sends letter to US conterpart
Raw milk prices increase in Georgia
CAERC talks current operational balance of Azerbaijan
Georgia building new highways
Azerbaijan, Indonesia to sign energy memorandum
Volume of five-month cargo transshipment from UAE via Turkish ports disclosed
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan agree on co-op in water resources area
Georgia effectively monitors land borders
Kazakhstan's export to South Korea decreases
WB to support sustainable development of beef production in Kazakhstan
Data on cargo movement from Greece via Turkish ports announced
Turkey's export to D-8 countries drops compared to last year
TANAP Natural Gas Transmission Co. sees increase in current assets
Total assets of Azerbaijan’s Bank BTB grow
Thailand's main airport offers rapid coronavirus test for international arrivals
Azerbaijan supports entrepreneurs’ existing loan portfolio
Revenues of TANAP Company up
Azerbaijani, Russian experts highlight economic perspectives of North-South strategy
Macron names Jean Castex as prime minister in government overhaul
Volume of cargo shipment from China via Turkish ports revealed
Industrial production surges in Azerbaijan
Uber widens taxi app to Japan's Tokyo but ride-sharing still barred
Large harvest of potatoes, onions expected in Turkmenistan
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for July 3
Serbia's capital declares state of emergency over rising COVID-19 cases
Air France unions braced for job cut talks
OECD: COVID-19 limiting inflow of investments into Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan Railways to buy accumulators via tender
Iran to address debt payment issue of productive units
Shell evacuating its staff from Kazakhstan's Kashagan field
Georgia expects rich harvest of wheat, barley
UK-based ITI Capital eyes expanding its product lines in Kazakhstan
EU Delegation to Azerbaijan outlines deliverables for next months
Kazakh Gas Refinery extends tender for pipeline inspection
Azerbaijani gas will add to EU-Azerbaijan bilateral trade – Jankauskas
Caspian Legal Center expanding its services for Azerbaijan's oil, gas sector
New French PM to be named within hours - Macron's office
Prices for Azerbaijani oil continue to rise
India to scrutinize power supply parts imports from China
German Ambassador praises Georgia’s efforts to combat COVID-19
Geostat reveals inflation rates in Georgia in June 2020
French PM Philippe resigns as Macron readies reshuffle
Azerbaijan, Ukraine highly appreciate cooperation at int'l organizations (PHOTO)
Precious metal prices drop in Azerbaijan on July 3
Uzbek students to be able to study at Turkish military universities
Ayan Aliyeva, CEO of A-Level Education Group: “The Foundation program is a 100% guarantee of admission to a range of leading universities around the world”
UNEC employee wins the Special Prize of the International Festival (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan-Iran trade turnover down
Air France unions braced for job cut talks
Georgia reports 4 new COVID-19 cases
OECD looks to help Turkmenistan simplify creation of businesses
Liquified gas imports to Georgia increase
Number of German companies operating in Kazakhstan increases
Mortgage lending through state line increases in Azerbaijan
Huseyn Abdullayev, who scored the maximum number of points at the final exams: ‘My biggest dream is to enter Baku Higher Oil School’
England to relax quarantine rules for around 50 countries
Azerbaijani currency rates for July 3
Nissan's China sales grew 4.5% in June
CPC oil handling down month-on-month at its Marine Terminal
Details of five-month cargo shipment via Turkish Rize port announced
Azerbaijani State Oil Fund's forecast for oil, gas sales in 2020 revealed
Azerbaijan's Central Bank ramps up its currency reserves
Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 52 times
Turkey reveals data on cargo movement via its Hopa port
Oil falls as virus resurgence fears weigh on fuel demand recovery
All news