Sochi Presidents’ Meeting Marred by Military Threats

From left: Aliyev, Medvedev and Sarkisian in Sochi on Saturday

SOCHI—The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met Saturday and pledged to seek a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The talks, mediated by their Russian counterpart, were bookended by military threats from Azerbaijan and Turkey.

On Friday, Azeri troops shot and killed a Karabakh soldier, while on Monday a Turkish official said that the Turkish Army “could” back Azeri in the event of a renewed Karabakh war.

Armenian President, Serzh Sarkisian and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev held talks mediated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and exchanged views on the implementation of the provisions of joint declaration adopted last year in Astrakhan.

Following a working dinner meeting at a ski resort in Sochi, the three presidents issued a joint declaration, which we present below:

Upon the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation, the Presidents of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan met on March 5, 2011 in Sochi and discussed in detail the process and the prospects of the NK conflict resolution.

After the discussions on the practical implementation of the trilateral Declaration adopted on October 27, 2010 in Astrakhan, in addition to the steps specified in the above mentioned Declaration, the Presidents agreed to take the following confidence building measures:

1. To conclude in the shortest possible period of time the exchange of the prisoners of war,

2. To strive to solve all contentious issues through peaceful means and to conduct along the cease-fire line an investigation with the participation of the parties under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and with the assistance of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office regarding probable incidents.

The Presidents stressed the importance of their regular meetings on the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and agreed to continue them in the present format and further to the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group.


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  1. Samvel Jeshmaridian, PhD said:

    In Astana, Ilham Aliyev had given the Armenian illegal President Sarksyan the right to talk in a powerful way about defending Karabakh by all means. After killing a Karabakhis soldier both of them can giggle wholeheartedly because they were able to keep their chairs under their backs. Now, it is Ilham Aliyev’s turn to declare that he will re-gain Karabakh and the surrounding territories back because he needs to get more credits before his people and against his opponents in Azerbaijan. Unless Armenian and Azeri oppositions get together they will not be able to oust the anti-democratic presidents. And the powerful nations will play with them the way the cat plays with mice.

    • Berge Jololian said:

      Hey “Samvel Jeshmaridian, PhD” whatever your real identity – go back to your cave at “hyemedia dot com” – an US State Department funded website spewing division and hatred between Armenians. Watch out this guy is fake. Watch out for this so called “Samvel Jeshmaridian, PhD” – he is B.S.

    • HartRay said:

      “Armenian illegal President Sarksyan”
      Samvel you sound like one of those anti Obama people claiming he is not US citizen.
      I am not pro-Sarksyan either, but he is the president of our Nation, we as Armenian need to START respect each other.

  2. Zarmair said:

    Why bother write when my opinions never get printed? We were little people afflicted with infighting when the Seljuk’s reached Manzikert and we are little peopling now…

  3. ara said:

    they lost the war and the battles-most anyway-so now Tiurkey is a bulley- RUSSIA will shut them up-easily- and we will support Russia- dam the turks-end of story

  4. Lusik said:

    To Samvel.
    It happened before – Armenian and Azerbaijan (and Georgian) “opposition got together”. Turkey was able to run diplomatic game with Russia, and Armenia was loser. Big loser.

    We have to exclude any repetition of such mistake – link between Armenian, Azerbaijan and Georgian opposition. It produces nothing but bigger disaster. Only grace a Njdeh’s clear understanding of this truth Armenia still is on the modern world map.

    Even the most cosmopolite Muslim puts its brother interest first eventually. We have seen this several times.

  5. arziv said:

    Does not Ilham Alyev look like a mangy bull terrier ? The man is as ugly as a human fetus. All what he does is bark and bark and bark loud and snarl . The bite never comes. What a farce, what a sham. Alyev had he not been born in a lofty station in life, he would not even be able to manage a drunken party in a brewery. There is no opposition to alyev in Azerbaijan, the opposition is just as bad and tyranical as Alyev. They parley the word Democracy, without having an inkling of what it means. There can never be democracy in Azeristan. Azeristan is a patchwork of fissiparous tribal sectors. There is no homogenous Azeri nation, there is no Azeri nation, but a geographical petrodollar periphery called azerbaijan. Who is going to oppose Sarksian ? , Ter der Pedrossian ? I better stay with Sargsian, the cunning , crafty dodger, than the proditor , soulless , traitor of Der Petrossian.

  6. Lusik said:

    Sarkisian does not contribute to the process anymore!
    Sarkisian had to insist that Artsakh joins any high-level discussion of its future!
    The future will not forgive Sarkisian bringing to elimination of this basic condition!
    What else can he offer by taking seat of Artsakh? Is not this the mandate Armenians trusted him?!

    Today we do not forgive Ter-Petrosian for not creating strong political and societal infrastructure. The chaos and mess of his ruling created monsters. He has some explanations to offer. We can listen and try to understand, and maybe forgive someday in far future.

    None will ever understand Sarkisian’s failure to bring to foreground Artsakh, because this failure was easy to avoid. Sarkisian’s failure will be never forgiven.

  7. Avetis said:

    I have yet to meet an Armenian “PhD” that knew what he/she was talking about when it come to politics. Despite what a likes of “Samvel Jeshmaridian PhD” thinks, in a certain sense, Serj Sargsyan is our first real president.

    Never before has Armenia’s/Artsakh’s borders been as secure as they are today. Never before has Armenia’s crucially strategic alliance with Russia been as fruitful as it is today. Never before has Armenia’s friendship with Iran been as good as today. Never before (at least not in the last one thousand years) has independent Armenia enjoyed this much geopolitical clout in the Caucasus region. Never before had Armenia’s top leadership been this professional. All this has been in large part due to Serj Sargsyan’s political foresight.

    The “opposition” in Armenia today is made-up of Western agents (primarily the leadership and its propaganda outlets) and self-destructive peasantry (its followers).Under no circumstances should a self-respecting Armenian nationalist promote regime change in Armenia today primarily because those waiting on the sidelines to takeover control in Yerevan are the agents, traitors and criminals that already once raped and pillaged the country during the 1990s. Serj Sargsyan is our safest choice today.

    Political “freedom” does not excuse destructive behavior in an embattled little nation surrounded by enemies in the volatile Caucasus. Let’s face it, Armenians do not know what political freedom means and will not for some time. Armenians also act like a bunch of little troubled children when it comes to political affairs. It will be a long time before Armenians actually wake up and understand the political world they live in. In the meanwhile, Armenians simply need and allow Serj Sargsyan to cleanup the ugly mess created by Levon Petrosian and the West during the 1990s. The process has started, he needs our collective support and encouragement.

    • Berge Jololian said:

      Also, there is no such thing as “Western Democracy” – there is only Democracy. To the failed-US State Department, if a country’s foreign policy is not aligned with it, then it is not democratic. The failed-US State Department sends in their agents to destabilize the country, calling for so-called freedoms. Armenia is a democratic country and is a free country. What Armenia will not tolerate is irresponsible freedom and failed-US State Department hypocrisy.