IMAGE OF STEREOTYPE ARMENIANS, LIVING ALONE IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH, BREAK DOWN

Trend
Nov 30 2011
Azerbaijan

The Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh's denial to take part in the
dialogue with the Azerbaijani community in Berlin testifies to the fact
that stereotyped Armenians, living alone in Nagorno-Karabakh, gradually
decline, Azerbaijani political analyst, MP Rasim Musabayov said.

"The non-participation of the Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh community at
the meeting showed that the Armenians are aware that these meetings
destroy the myths that they seem to be alone," he told Trend today.

The Dialogue Forum - Nagorno-Karabakh meeting of Azerbaijanis and
Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh was held in Berlin on November 28.

Despite the representatives of the Armenian community of
Nagorno-Karabakh agreeing to take part, they didn't turn up.

The meeting was held with the backing of the Berlin Centre for
Caspian Region Studies, the independent newspaper Evro Kavkaz and
the German-Azerbaijani forum.

Mr Musabayov said that the meeting was aimed at changing the German
public's misconception that is there is only an Armenian community
in the Nagorno-Karabakh which wants to secede, whilst Azerbaijan does
not want this to happen.

The Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh's denial from the dialogue
shows that Azerbaijan managed to break down these stereotypes.

Representatives from Armenia, such as human rights activists, as well
as Armenians who live and work in Germany, German experts including the
German former representative in the OSCE Minsk Group and authoritative
experts on the South Caucasus took part.

The forum was attended by representatives of the Azerbaijani community
of Nagorno-Karabakh, MPs Rovshan Rzayev, Rasim Musabayov, Rector of
the Baku Music Academy Farhad Badalbayli, the Effective Initiatives
Centre political analyst Anar Usubov and the head physician of the
Shusha Central Hospital Ramig Maharramov.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. -
are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.