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.