Thursday, 21 09 2023
Thursday, 21 09 2023
“The reintegration program of Karabakh Armenians is ready.” Hajiev
“It is important to urgently return to a meaningful, honest, and real dialogue between the Armenians of Baku and Karabakh.” Peter Stano
Marukyan appealed to Biden, Macron, Michel and Borell
The territorial integrity of the countries of the region is a red line. Ministry of Defense of Iran
“If it was possible to involve RA in military operations, the main target should be independence.” Nikol Pashinyan
I hope that the Russian peacekeeping contingent will fully fulfill its obligations.” Pashinyan
“The Republic of Armenia did not participate in the creation of that text in any way.” Nikol Pashinyan
“Conditions are being created for the voluntary retreat of the Armed Forces of Armenia personnel.” Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan issued a statement
DA will be dissolved, meeting in Evlakh; the message of the Nagorno-Karabakh Presidency
The Nagorno-Karabakh Armed Forces will be disbanded and disarmed; presidential
The authorities of Artsakh accept the proposal of the Russian peacekeepers regarding the cessation of fire
The Pope called for an end to the war in Nagorno-Karabakh
“Inclusive and constructive dialogue is the only way to peace.” OSCE Chairman
They are shooting far from Martakert, and the situation is relatively calm; we assume they will evacuate us
The Armenian-American military exercises will end today
Daily prayers will be regularly performed in the churches to support the people of Artsakh
Azerbaijani armed forces use large-caliber artillery weapons against the civilian population. HRD
Citizens of Stepanakert went to the airport, expecting the support of Russian peacekeepers
In Martuni, the Azerbaijani side continues to fire intensively, not allowing evacuation
We are obliged to tell the truth for the sake of the people of Artsakh and the future of the fragments of the homeland, even if it is obscured. Beglaryan
Nothing threatens the Russian peacekeepers. Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan
I call on my fans, the sports world, and media partners to respond and help. Mkhitaryan’s appeal
Ararat Mirzoyan met with the acting chairman of the OSCE
The Intermediate Court of Justice was notified about Azerbaijan’s military aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh
The US is deeply concerned about Azerbaijan’s military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, the spokesman for the White House Security Council
Mirzoyan emphasized the necessity of an adequate response from the EU and its member states to prevent mass crimes in Nagorno-Karabakh
“I am in close contact with Prime Minister Pashinyan.” Macron
Battles continue with varying intensity. RA DA
Ararat Mirzoyan met the Foreign Minister of Iran and presented the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

John Kerry’s Record On Central Asia And The Caucasus. EURASIANET

Analyst Joshua Kuchera in his recent article on about John Kerry’s diplomacy concerning Central Asia and Caucasus. According to Kucera, a review of his record shows that in any case, he’s pretty firmly in the mainstream of the Democratic Party, and his views don’t differ much (if at all) from those the Obama administration has already been advocating. Most characteristically, this means high-minded rhetoric about human rights and democracy with less indication of how those principles can stand up when confronted with the realities of running international military operations.

Kucera writes, “In Central Asia, Kerry has consistently advocated democratization and human rights. He was among a small group of senators to write then-Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev to complain about the treatment of human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis.
In 2010, Kerry wrote an op-ed here on EurasiaNet entitled “Washington Must Show Commitment to Kyrgyz Democratization,” in which he argues that “the security-democratization debate is not a zero-sum game”:
There has been a growing worry within Kyrgyzstan that the United States cares more about its security needs than those of the Kyrgyz people. We must prove this perception false, with actions rather than with rhetoric….

As Kucera notes, Kerry, in sort of wishful thinking, would be following directly in the footsteps of his predecessor-to-be Hillary Clinton. To go out on a limb a bit, there seems to be a common affliction among high-level Democratic foreign policymakers — both Clintons, Madeleine Albright and Kerry are all examples. Among these sorts of people, who do strongly care about human rights and in general doing the right thing, when they are forced by the exigencies of power to exercise realpolitik, they seem to need to justify themselves by claiming that their policy is in fact somehow advancing human rights or democracy.

As for Kerry’s diplomacy in Caucasus, Kucera writes in his article, “Anyway, on the Caucasus Kerry also has closely tracked the Obama administration, strongly supporting the reset with Russia while arguing that “this dialogue will not come at the expense of Georgia’s security and sovereignty.”
Some of Kerry’s previous stances derive from the fact that he represents Massachusetts, a state with a relatively high population of Armenian-Americans. So, he defended former U.S. ambassador John Evans when Evans was fired for using the word “genocide” to refer to the 1915 events in eastern Turkey. And he also played a key role in passing “Section 907,” the U.S. law restricting military aid to Azerbaijan.

Still, it’s probably a measure of his skill as a diplomat that more or less all sides in the Caucasus support him, though Azerbaijan seems to be slightly wary. Still, Turkey is enthusiastic about Kerry, Today’s Zaman reports.
Again, though, what Kerry personally believes is not likely to be too relevant to his performance as Secretary of State, as he’ll mostly be implementing White House policy. That Kerry’s views are so consistent with Obama’s, and that he is so well acquainted with all of the major issues and players, even in a relatively low priority region like this one, suggests that his tenure will be, if nothing else, smooth.”

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