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    Analyst plays down possibility of Armenia vacating Azeri lands

    Yeni Musavat, Baku
    11 Jul 04

    Text of F. Mammadov report by Azerbaijani newspaper Yeni Musavat on 11
    July headlined "Unsuccessful propaganda of 'successful Karabakh

    In an interview with Zerkalo newspaper former state adviser and
    currently political analyst Vafa Quluzada has said that the reports
    suggesting that the Armenians are allegedly preparing to vacate some
    of the occupied Azerbaijani districts and that negotiations to that
    end are allegedly under way is nothing but empty speculation.

    Quluzada added that the possibility of Armenia vacating some districts
    is discussed only in Azerbaijan, while Armenia is not making any
    preparations for leaving the territories. The political analyst said
    that this could happen only if Azerbaijan agreed either to the
    annexation of Nagornyy Karabakh and Lacin [Lachin] District to Armenia
    or to the provision of Nagornyy Karabakh with the status of

    Quluzada is an experienced diplomat who was involved in the Karabakh
    talks for many years and is still believed to be one of the most
    competent people on the issue. From this standpoint, his statements
    reflect the real situation around Nagornyy Karabakh very
    accurately. The point is that on seeing a lack of progress in the
    negotiations, the government propaganda has started "generating"
    speculation that some of Azerbaijan's occupied districts may be
    freed. For instance, there has been a report that the Turkish,
    Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers had recently reached a
    preliminary agreement that Armenia would vacate seven Azerbaijani
    districts. It wasn't long, however, before this report proved to be
    wide of the mark. Or, reports are spread after every meeting between
    the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers that the sides have
    discussed the liberation of five or six districts.

    In reality, however, the liberation of Azerbaijani territories can be
    discussed only when and if Azerbaijan agrees to the annexation of
    Nagornyy Karabakh together with Susa and Lacin Districts to
    Armenia. Only against this backdrop can Armenia agree to negotiate the
    issue of leaving the other territories.

    However, the government propaganda machine is trying to create the
    impression that thanks to the "successful" policy of [Azerbaijani
    President] Ilham Aliyev the situation is changing for the better and
    that the Armenians are about to agree to vacate a number of
    districts. This primitive and futile technology has already been used
    and is now designed to convince the public of Ilham Aliyev's
    "successful Karabakh policy".