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Baku Escalates Its Aggression

March 5th, 2008 by hyeoctane

Azeri forces, once again, violated ceasefire provisions and attempted to take the positions of Armenian soldiers along the border with Nagorno-Karabakh yesterday. According to Armenian officials, the skirmishes were heavier than usual, resulting in the death of eight Azeri soldiers and the wounding of two Armenian servicemen.

While the Armenian side has appealed to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to step in with a crisis-monitoring group to maintain peace in the region, Azerbaijan’s president is busy with the usual saber rattling. He stated Azerbaijan’s conviction that the “force factor remains decisive” and can be used to pressure Armenians into giving up power over Nagorno-Karabakh.

At the same time, Azerbaijan’s parliament decided to withdraw its 33-person peacekeeping team from Kosovo following its declaration of independence from Serbia. Azeri authorities have refused to recognize Kosovo’s independence and fear that it will serve as a precedent for international recognition of Karabakh’s right to self-determination.

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Baku’s Belligerent Rhetoric

February 13th, 2008 by hyeoctane

Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, is no longer reserving his threats of war against Armenia only for his domestic population. Now he is openly threatening the use of force to EU officials as well.

On February 4, it is reported that Aliyev declared to representatives of the EU that he is ready to attack Armenia and take over Nagorno-Kharabakh. Such statements are not new but they further clarify Baku’s disingenuousness toward the OSCE mediated peace talks.

Azerbaijan’s authoritarian leaders have consistently demonstrated a refusal to engage in peaceful negotiations and have, instead, flaunted their utter disregard for the rights of the people of Nagorno-Kharabakh.

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Courting Repression

December 13th, 2007 by hyeoctane

The Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank known for its close ties to corporate America, held a conference on December 10, 2007, titled “The Azerbaijan-Turkey-U.S. Relationship and its Importance for Eurasia.” The event was held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC and featured a line-up of high-ranking foreign policy officials and academics from all three of the mentioned states.

The age-old, pan-Turanic frustration with Armenia being an obstacle to closer Turkish and Azeri integration was regularly referred to throughout the conference. Speakers repeatedly portrayed Armenia as a hamper to trade links and regional projects aimed at integrating Turkey with Azerbaijan and the countries of Central Asia. Numerous speakers also spoke with disdain about the influence of the Armenian lobby in the United States, which they see as a chief nuisance to their designs.

The character of the speakers featured at the conference is perhaps most sharply exemplified by Professor S. Frederick Starr, Chairman of Johns Hopkins University’s Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI). Starr was recently dubbed “The Professor of Repression” by Harper’s Magazine for his ideological services to Islam Karimov’s brutal government in Uzbekistan, among other indiscretions. He has also long been known for his affinity to the Turkish & Azeri governments and shameless denial of the Armenian Genocide. At the conference, Starr referred to Armenia and its diaspora as a “serious problem,” but he assured the audience that the “correlation of forces is changing” and that “history is on your [Turkey and Azerbaijan’s] side.”

For the likes of Starr and others who participated in this conference, there is no depth to which one cannot stoop in order to serve power and personal prestige. The truth, human rights, dignity—these are all matters with little-to-no relevance. How else could they serve as such devoted apologists of repression?

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