VIENNA, 7 December 2017 - On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Vienna, we the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries -- Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, U.S.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has viewed conditions created at a newly built residential complex for 1,170 IDP families in Tartar district.
President Ilham Aliyev visited IDP Pakiza Mammadova's house.
Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, chair of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov informed the President that 1,170 apartments occupys a total area of 88,000 square metres. The four-storey buildings have 120 one-room, 504 two-room, 472 three-room and 80 four-room apartments.
ICRC: Our work in Azerbaijan between January and June 2017
Supporting people affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continues to affect lives of people in frontline communities. Civilians living in exposed areas are in need of increased humanitarian protection and economic stability. More than 4500 people from the conflicting sides went missing during the war. Humanitarian consequences of the conflict remain focus point of our activities in the regions.
By Rashid Shirinov
Scientific researches has revealed that the number of areas that are prone to landslides in Azerbaijan has increased by four times in the past 24 years. Many landslide zones exist in Lerik, Yardimli, on Shamakhi Road, and in the Absheron peninsula.
The relative activity in the dynamics of landslide processes, and the processes of collapse and flooding was recorded at 106-111 kilometers of Baku-Shamakhi highway, in the territories of the settlements of Zykh-1, Mashtaga-Zabrat, Dash Karkhanasi and Gala.
VIENNA, 17 October 2017 – The Austrian OSCE Chairmanship closely followed the meeting of the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in Geneva on 16 October.
“We are pleased to see the fresh impetus and commitment by the Presidents to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and seek additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact,” a spokesperson of the OSCE Chairmanship said.
"Many people are displaced but they are in areas that are highly militarised. There's a pressure that you have to be prepared, that war can explode at any time"
By Anna Pujol-Mazzini
TALISH, Azerbaijan, Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conflict can be long, slow and boring. Especially for the civilians stuck in its midst, living a half life that is neither full war nor genuine peace.
It is more than 20 years since a ceasefire formally ended fighting between ethnic Azeris and Armenians in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
by Stephen M. Bland
At 7 AM on a recent Monday morning, the staff of the HALO Trust gathered at their compound in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. This summer, tension has been running high amid frequent exchanges of gunfire along the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.
Azerbaijan and Pakistan have agreed to establish relations in the field of humanitarian mine clearance as chairman of the Pakistani National Disaster Management Agency Omar Mahmoud Hayat met with director of Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) Gazanfar Ahmadov. The two countries agreed to exchange experience in humanitarian mine clearance operations, Azertac reported.
Ahmadov highlighted ANAMAs activity and international projects, including workshops for local and international experts.
MOSCOW / WASHINGTON D.C. / PARIS, 5 July 2017 - The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs – Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Stephane Visconti of France, and Ambassador Richard Hoagland of the United States – have received information of renewed violence late in the evening on July 4 at Alkhanli village of Fizuli region that resulted in casualties, including civilians.
By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) has concluded the mine cleaning operations in the liberated Jojug Marjanli village of Jabrayil region.
During the 126 days of operations, ANAMA inspected 151 houses in the village and the area where the new road will be laid out, Trend reported on July 3.
By Rashid Shirinov
Construction of 100 more houses starts in Jojug Marjanli village, Azerbaijan’s State Committee for Refugees and IDPs reported on July 4.
In this regard, representatives of the Social Fund for Development of IDPs and construction companies visited the liberated Jojug Marjanli and inspected the area where the new settlement will be built.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2017 forecast at average level
Cereal imports expected to increase slightly from 2016/17 marketing year
Prices of locally-produced wheat flour increased by 40 percent over last 12 months
Cereal production in 2017 forecast at close to five-year average level
Statement by the Spokesperson on fatalities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Recent violations of the ceasefire resulting in further fatalities on the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone are a stark reminder that the status quo is unsustainable.
The Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have repeatedly committed to the ceasefire and the peaceful settlement of this conflict.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
We take note of the 19 June statement by the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Minsk Group following their recent travel to the region. We share the Co-Chairs’ concern over the recent ceasefire violations, which have resulted in regrettable casualties in the Line of Contact. We echo their appeal to the parties to avoid further escalation and to consider measures that would reduce tensions.
By Rashid Shirinov
The restoration work is nearing completion in the liberated Jojug Marjanli village of Jabrayil region.
Chief Executive of the region Kamal Hasanov told Trend that more than 90 percent of the restoration work has been completed. “The work will be fully completed in the near future and the resettlement of people will begin.”
Diplomatic efforts have stalled with little progress in sight
A year after the worst clashes between Azerbaijani forces and the Armenian-backed Karabakh army since the 1994 ceasefire, regional experts warn that any future outbreak of violence is likely to be even deadlier.
More than a dozen civilians living on the frontline were killed and many more injured after fighting broke out between in the early hours of April 2, 2016.
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One year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s violent flare-up in April 2016, the danger of even more perilous fighting remains real. Further hostilities risk a larger regional conflagration with far-reaching humanitarian consequences. Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Program Director, Magdalena Grono, assesses risks in the region.
VIENNA, 31 March 2017 – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, today joined the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ call for the sides to renew engagement in the political settlement process as expressed in their statement on 29 March.
By Rashid Shirinov
Residents of the Jojug Marjanli village in the Jabrayil region seek to return to their homes after the village was liberated from the Armenian occupation, and now will be restored upon the presidential order.
The village was liberated from the Armenian occupation in April 2016 as a result of a successful counter-attack of the Azerbaijani Army. Now, the village is fully under control of the Azerbaijani side and people can safely live in the village.
A monthly allowance of 36 manats shall be allocated for IDPs and those equal to them from 1 January 2017 on, instead of payments for food as well as communal and other services from the state budget for IDPs and those alike.
The Cabinet of Ministers was tasked to determine the contingent to which the monthly allowance prescribed. The procedure of payment shall be determined and reported to the President.
Proposals on adjusting the presidential acts to this decree shall be prepared within one month and submitted the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.