MOSCOW / PARIS / WASHINGTON, 19 November 2014 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) remain deeply concerned that there has been no humanitarian access to the crash site of the military helicopter downed by Azerbaijani forces on November 12. The wreckage of the helicopter lies in a heavily mined area of neutral territory on the Line of Contact.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•2014 cereal production to remain high despite reduction in barley harvest
•Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) from last year’s low level
•Prices of wheat flour products and bread generally stable in October, while those of potatoes increase considerably
AMOUNT: EUR 7 740 000
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Following a revision of the means required to fully implement the Commission's Strategy for Humanitarian Aid, the European Commission has decided to reduce the budget allocated to the 2014 DIPECHO HIP for Central Asia and Caucasus region by an amount of EUR 260 000. The total budget of this revised DIPECHO HIP is now EUR 7 740 000.
BERN, 13 November 2014 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, expressed his deep concern about yesterday's downing of a helicopter near the Line of Contact. He appeals to the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to do their utmost to prevent such incidents and to honour the ceasefire regime.
28 Oct - 1 Nov 2014 Almaty, Kazakhstan
On 28 October 2014 a 4-day regional learning workshop on Mainstreaming DRR into Development was held in Almaty. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UNISDR and the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society jointly organized the workshop. The workshop aimed to discuss the linkages between disasters and development and review the development planning practices and trends in the context of DRR in Central Asia and the South Caucuses.
8 November coincided with the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Oxfam calls on governments around the world to start acting to protect their citizens against climate change. And across the Caucasus, we use using this global moment to push for more action on disaster risk reduction. The threat of climate change is still a reality for millions of people across the Caucasus, and many people still remember the effects of the deadly Spitak earthquake in Armenia, while many communities across the region still regularly face numerous landslides, storms and droughts.
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
By Anahit Gasparyan*
Armenia is among the 60 most disaster-prone countries in the world. Its small territory—roughly the size of the U.S. state of Maryland—is susceptible to a host of natural hazards, but especially to earthquakes, droughts and floods.
In 1988, Armenia experienced a devastating earthquake. At least 25,000 people died, and thousands more were left homeless, disabled and grieving.
The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
Differences in language and lesson content make it hard for refugee pupils to keep up.
By Arpi Harutyunyan
Syrian Armenian refugees in Yerevan are worried about their children’s education, fearing that differences in language and curriculum will restrict their opportunities if and when they return home.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "strong concern" to the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan over recent violence around the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Kerry met with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Azerbaijani Presidentt Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales.
They discussed efforts to resolve the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh after "the deadliest period in the conflict since the 1994 cease-fire took effect," a State Department statement said.
The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.
The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have begun their trilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The meeting began at Putin's summer retreat near Sochi.
Putin said both Azerbaijan and Armenia have the "good will to resolve the conflict peacefully."
News agencies quoted Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev saying the "conflict must be resolved, as it has been going on for two long."
Rising numbers of casualties shake 20-year-old ceasefire agreement.
By Armen Karapetyan, Afgan Mukhtarli - Caucasus
CRS Issue 747,
8 Aug 14
Rising fatalities on the front line around Nagorny Karabakh have raised fears that sporadic shootings may be tipping over into the most serious escalation of tensions since full-scale hostilities ended two decades ago.
08/06/2014 05:38 GMT
MOSCOW, August 6, 2014 (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will this week host leaders of arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks as fears grow that military clashes may lead to a resumption of one of the bloodiest post-Soviet wars.
At the heart of the dispute is the fate of Nagorny Karabakh, a region mostly inhabited by ethnic Armenians that broke away from Azerbaijan with the help of Armenia in a war that claimed some 30,000 lives between 1991 and 1994.
MOSCOW, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin will host talks this week between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in a bid to quell a surge of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, Moscow said Monday.
At least 18 Azerbaijanis and ethnic Armenians have died in recent days in the most serious bout of hostilities over the breakaway region in two decades.
4 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his opposition to the renewed fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus, urging the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides to respect a ceasefire agreement.
TBILISI, 4 August 2014 – Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference, made the following statement today following recent media reports:
BERN/MOSCOW/PARIS/WASHINGTON, 2 August 2014 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, together with the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France, expressed their deep concern about the intense upsurge in violence along the Line of Contact and Armenian-Azerbaijani border that resulted in numerous casualties reported in recent days.
Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.