Armenia turns mutual visit of journalists into attack on Azerbaijan
An important event for promotion of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict took place last week. It was a cross visits of Armenian journalists to Baku and Azerbaijani journalists to Yerevan and the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
This events was held in a format of information exchange based on goodwill gesture and aimed at rapprochement and reconciliation between the two peoples, the support for which was supposed to be provided by all parties of the conflict - however, the propaganda machine of Armenian authorities still decided to use it to maintain status quo in the occupation zone.
This is the only way to describe fake message of BBC employee Grigor Atanesyan about receiving “information” about blocking of the OSCE statement following the visits of journalists by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry. It's obvious who ordered to spread this lie, and such reaction of the supporters of eternal war in Karabakh to a step towards peace in the Caucasus brings only grief.
Azerbaijani side didn't try to politicize visits of journalists and didn't intend to organize political show around it. It simply doesn't seem reasonable to make it the subject of political statement by international organizations, because we're talking about bilateral measures agreed on by Baku and Yerevan and aimed at preparing population for peace. In this sense, there's no practical benefit in politicization of this event by third parties or international organizations, especially when the Armenian side tries to present the Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh region as an independent side of the conflict along with Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Azerbaijan’s position on this issue is firmly supported by position of the international community, expressed in numerous decisions of international organizations that voiced their support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan. All attempts to change this position have been unsuccessful and are doomed to fail.
It should be added that, contrary to statements of supporters of the occupation, organization of the visit of Azerbaijani journalists to Yerevan and Khankendi was carried out by the Armenian Foreign Ministry under the coordination of office of special representative of the OSCE Chairman.
It is important to emphasize that in Baku, due to this exchange, a meeting took place between representatives of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian journalists once again became convinced that the resolution of the conflict is impossible without ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
It is regrettable to state that, for certain circles in official Yerevan, the Karabakh issue is a matter of bargaining and business, and for some Armenian NGOs, such initiatives are considered only through the financial prism of receiving new grants. Meanwhile, the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh continues to be in a state of distrust, fear and hopelessness, in the face of daily war.
The de-occupation and demilitarization of Karabakh are the main factors in creating a solid foundation for the restoration of peace and security in the region, for the joint peaceful living of Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the name of security, prosperity and prosperity of future generations.