EU Urges Diplomatic Solution to Stepanakert Airport Issue


Stepanakert Airport

BRUSSELS—The European Union urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the issue of the opening of the Stepanakert airport through diplomatic means to avoid further heightening of the conflict and not complicate the negotiations.

“Issues concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process were discussed, including the issue of possible flights to the airport in Nagorno-Karabakh. Commissioner Fule reiterated the EU’s continued support for the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and their efforts in facilitating a peaceful settlement. He also stressed the need for the sides to seek a diplomatic solution to issues relating to this airport and to avoid any actions that could fuel tensions in the region,” said a statement issued Thursday following a meeting between Armenia’s Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule.

Karabakh authorities completed construction of the Stepanakert Airport and according to officials are finalizing technical details to make the airport operational.

Since announcing its intention to operate the airport, which will operate between Karabakh and Yerevan, Azerbaijan has threatened to down planes, prompting President Serzh Sarkisian to declare that he would become the first passenger on the proposed flight.

Azerbaijan’s military rhetoric has not subsided despite warning by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, with Azerbaijan announcing last week that its entire air defense operations were on alert to thwart what it called “violations of Azeri airspace.”

The warnings, however, have not deterred Nagorno-Karabakh Republic authorities from moving ahead with plans to make the airport fully operational and to transport passengers between Stepanakert and Yerevan.

15 Responses

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  1. Zohrab says:

    Start it as soon as possible do not let others play with our future go ahead but sure be prepared and let Azeris know we cannot wait for them we are doing our future he can do his remember the saying who dares wins

  2. ohannes says:

    this is a sociology game Azerbaijan playing with Nagorno Karabakh Republic
    i will play the seam game with Azerbaijan i will open the airport right the way and
    i show Dog Alive Nagorno ,Karabakh papal they will never ever scare from Dog like
    you

  3. A-guy says:

    Why do you need diplomatic discussions to open a civilian airport?

  4. John Ahmaranian says:

    To Azeri bigmouth,
    You were unable to do anything on the ground, you will be unable to do anything from the air.

  5. GB says:

    In order to solve this OILY created “airport scenario”, the Minsk Group Presidents should take the first flight from Yerevan to Stepanakert, then from Stepanakert to Baku!!

  6. Jack says:

    That’s a beautiful building looking like an eagle. There is nothing to resolve with Azerbaijan. Artsakh is not part of Azerbaijan. The land AND air above belongs to Armenians and it is Artsakh’s airspace, the Azeris are confused.

  7. Vahan Vanagan says:

    The Story of Hagopig,and the best answer:

    Haig Nahabed, the Father of Armenians, together with his Hay people left the country of Pel and got settled in the north, and the county was named Hayasdan.

    Pel sent delegation to Haig to come back and he will be awarded and be respected, and be prosperous.

    Haig‘s answer to Pel‘s delegation was: Sikdir, sikdir tchem entounir.

    The four Millenarian Armenian Artsakh will not accept any Offer and Order from thr Namad Turk.Azeris. Artsakh is free for ist development.
    And the direct answer to the EU and the Nomad Turk-Azeris will be the same as Hagopig’s:

    SIKDIR, SIKDIR, TCHEM ENTOUNIR.

    Artsak‘s reaction will be Hard against any Wornings.
    Hagopigs are here to defend Artsakh.

    Vahan Vanagan

  8. john says:

    The EU is only interested in getting Armenia and the Azeris to make peace to build more oil pipelines.

  9. john says:

    President Borat of Azerbajian is certainly the most insane leader on the planet. The North Korean dictator looks like a choir boy.

  10. sranqoven says:

    to hell with you, EU. You let Safarov free so we don’t give a damn what you say. long live Armenia

  11. sranqoven says:

    we are in a war with a genocidal and savage nation that kills people in their sleep and threaten to shoot down airplanes with civilians. we must be hard we must fight back we must revenge

  12. Ray says:

    Just open the dam Airport!
    Why are we talking to a nation that makes a axe murder a hero?
    EU want’s us to resovle what?
    Nagorno-Karabakh is a Republic which fought and won int’s independance who ever doesn’t like this fact can go to hell!!!!!!!!!

  13. Vahan Vanagan says:

    The Story of Hagopig,and the best answer:

    Haig Nahabed, the Father of Armenians, together with his Hay people left the country of Pel and got settled in the north, and the county was named Hayasdan.

    Pel sent delegation to Haig to ask to come back, that he will be awarded and be respected, and be prosperous. Otherwise, Pel will invade and devastate Armenia.

    Haig‘s answer to Pel‘s delegation was: Sikdir, sikdir tchem entounir.

    The four Millenarian Armenian Artsakh will not accept any Offer and Order from thr Namad Turk.Azeris. Artsakh is free for ist development.
    And the direct answer to the EU and the Nomad Turk-Azeris will be the same as Hagopig’s:

    SIKDIR, SIKDIR, TCHEM ENTOUNIR.

    Artsak‘s reaction will be Hard against any Wornings.
    Hagopigs are here to defend Artsakh.

    Vahan Vanagan

  14. Arziv says:

    Open the airport; don’t waste time. The airport can be defended by our forces and would be attackers repelled. Let the EU twaddle along in keeping a ” balanced” approach. If the Azeris attack, the EU will stay out of the issue altogether. Therefore the EU should be addressing its voice to the Azeris alone.

  15. George says:

    Very simple: let Azerbaijan know, if they shoot down 1 of our planes, than we will answer with shooting down 3 planes,

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