суббота, 14 мая 2016 г.

A Modest Proposal for Nagorno-Karabakh

Share A Modest Proposal for Nagorno-Karabakh Analysis May 14, 2016 | 13:41 GMT



Sometimes resolution comes not from a single convention but in installments. Such may be the case for Nagorno-Karabakh. The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan are set to meet with the foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and France in Vienna on May 16. While important, this is not the type of meeting expected to achieve great accomplishments in the longer-term future of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As part of the peace negotiations held by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, the meeting will cater more toward addressing immediate tactical concerns in Nagorno-Karabakh. For any meeting to lead to notable outcomes in the grand scheme of the dispute in the region, it would have had to include the most prominent of decision-makers, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

пятница, 13 мая 2016 г.

Kerry heads to Mideast, Europe, Asia with Syria on his mind

May 13, 2016 Updated: May 14, 2016 11:27am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading off on another round-the-world diplomatic mission with stops in the Middle East and Europe to focus on crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen. He then heads to Asia where he will briefly join President Barack Obama in Vietnam.
Just a day after he returned from Paris and London, the State Department said Kerry will depart on Friday for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. From there, he travels to Vienna for meetings on Syria, Libya and tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. He will then visit Brussels for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers and then fly to Asia.

четверг, 12 мая 2016 г.

Moscow to hail any steps on resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict — Kremlin

12 May 2016 TASS
Moscow will welcome any steps that could contribute to resolving the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
Moscow will welcome any steps that could contribute to resolving the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
Peskov said he has no information on the preparations for a meeting in Austria’s Vienna between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan. "There is nothing to say about this report now."
"Of course, Moscow will welcome any steps that would have the goal of de-escalating tensions in the conflict area and resuming dialogue with the aim of searching for an option of political settlement," he stressed.

среда, 11 мая 2016 г.

Armenia threatened with Eurovision disqualification after breaking regional flag rule

Armenia threatened with Eurovision disqualification after breaking regional flag rule

Armenia’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant broke the controversial Eurovision Song Contest flag rule in spectacular fashion during the broadcast of the first Eurovision semi final. Waving a regional flag of the hotly disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the Green Room.
Image 1
Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan caused a stir with her Nagorno-Karabakh flag (Picture: Aftonbladet)

понедельник, 9 мая 2016 г.

A Mountain Village Beckons in Nagorno-Karabakh


Anahit Hayrapetyan, an Armenian photographer, makes sure that wherever she is in the world she Skypes daily with her grandmother. It’s her way of staying connected with their ancestral village, Khtsaberd, nestled in the mountains of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus. They talk about everything from how much milk the family cow gave that day to tales of family members who lived in the same village centuries before.
“If you go there, you know who I am and why I’m like this,” Ms. Hayrapetyan, 34, said. “It’s not a beautiful resort. It’s a small village of 40 families with old houses too close to each other. The church burned down and was never rebuilt. But I look like me in that place.”
The residents of Khtsaberd are ethnically Armenian, as are most of the people in Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azerbaijan. In 1988, ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh voted to secede from Azerbaijan, and fighting broke out between the mostly Muslim Azerbaijanis and Christian Armenians. More than 20,000 people were killed and about a million people were displaced before a cease-fire in 1994.
Portrait of Avanesyan Loranna after voting in Togh village. Hadrut region, Nagorno-Karabakh. July 19, 2012.Credit Anahit Hayrapetyan/4Plus
Since then, Nagorno-Karabakh has been governed independently with significant support from Armenia. Fighting over the territory broke out again last month between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and 20 people were killed in a few days of battles. There have been minor skirmishes since.
Ms. Hayrapetyan was born near Khtsaberd but grew up mostly in Abovyan, Armenia. She spent summers and school vacations at her grandmother’s house, listening to her stories, wandering the fields and milking the sheep. It was an idyllic time.
She had been in the village during the 1988 war, which included massacres on both sides and left about a million people, mostly Azeris, displaced. Many houses were destroyed and seven of Khtsaberd’s young men were killed. The villagers were consumed by grief.
“For five years nobody played music, even during a wedding,” Ms. Hayrapetyan said. “Every Saturday, all of the village would go to the graveyard and all you could hear was the sound of women wailing.”
A bride preparing for her wedding. Stepanakert. Oct. 15, 2008.Credit Anahit Hayrapetyan/4Plus
Ms. Hayrapetyan started photographing Khtsaberd and a few surrounding villages in 2006 while studying at a World Press Photo workshop in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. Although she knew almost all of her subjects, it was at times difficult for her.
“There was so much loss and pain in every family’s story,” she said.
A decade later she is still photographing and collecting stories there.
Ms. Hayrapetyan helped start 4plus, a collective of Armenian women, along with Anush Babajanyan and Nazik Armenakyan. They hold exhibits, lectures and workshops to develop documentary photography. Her photographs of domestic violence in Armenia were published on Lens last month.
She splits her time between Yerevan and Frankfurt, Germany, where her husband works. Her three children are with her most everywhere she goes.
In the early morning, Yonok took the livestock to the field. Khtsaberd, Nagorno Karabakh. Nov. 25, 2009.Credit Anahit Hayrapetyan/4Plus
She made an open-air gallery in Khtsaberd to show her images to the villagers. It was her first solo exhibition, and people enjoyed seeing photographs of themselves. Unfortunately, the show ended early. That evening some cows wandered over and started to eat the photographs.
If she had her choice, Ms Hayrapetyan said she would live in Khtsaberd, where she knows the names and stories of relatives going back seven generations.
For example, her grandmother’s grandfather Hambardzum was widely known as the biggest and strongest man in Khtsaberd, although someone claimed another man from a neighboring village was even tougher. Once, they were both cutting wood in the forest and ran into each other. A fight ensued.
“Hambardzum won and cut the beard of the smaller man,” Ms. Hayrapetyan said. “But then he had to stay inside his home for a while to avoid the other man.”