Bryza Urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to Resolve Karabakh Flight Issue

Stepanakert airport is set to open in May

YEREVAN (—Prior to the scheduled opening of the Stepanakert airport, Armenia and Azerbaijan must resolve the flight safety issue, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said Tuesday.

“I uphold the position of the U.S. leadership, which believes that the sides should come together and discuss these issues before the airport is opened in Stepanakert,” Bryza told reporters. “We think that the details can be worked out.”
Azeri threats to shoot down planes bound for Stepanakert do not frighten Karabakh, said David Babayan, head of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic presidential press service.
“The threats are proof of the medieval psychology prevalent in Azerbaijan. Those who issue them do not simply lack in self-confidence, but openly support Nazi values,” added Babayan. “The international community must adequately respond to such criminal statements.”

“Azerbaijan aims to scare the people of Artsakh from using the airport and its services. We are determined to open the airport, no matter whom it upsets in Azerbaijan. Any slight attempt by Azerbaijan will be fraught with unpredictable repercussions for Azerbaijan itself,” stressed Babayan.

Baku has threatened to shoot down civilian planes flying to Karabakh after the reopening of the Stepanakert airport. Baku’s state aviation agency said it has informed the International Civil Aviation Organization that the region’s airspace was closed and any flights would be unauthorized.

“According to the law on aviation, it is even possible to physically destroy airplanes which are heading there,” Arif Mammadov, director of Azerbaijan’s Civil Aviation Administration, said in comments to local media. “We asked the ICAO to notify the opposing side in order to prevent such incidents.”

Stepanakert airport will be ready for operation in May. “The airport’s terminal is ready. Currently, the tower is under construction,” said Dmitry Atbashyan, head of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic department of civil aviation. “The airport will be well equipped. Young specialists are being trained to assume duties by the opening date.”


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  1. George Apelian said:

    Go ahead Artsakh, fly, fly high!
    Mr. Bryza is he the new vice Tsar in Caucassus?

  2. facts said:

    Matthew Bryza is acting like a governor of the region and trying with remarkable comments in reality to prevent the opening of the Stepanakert airport, by using “flight safety issue “ as justification and blame not even the NKR but the Republic of Armenia .. It seems for that Bryza hsis not able to enjoy his office simple as an ambassador! Governor Bryza could instead demand Artsakhi /Karbakhi people should not eat and drinking water before they have “solved” the issue with Baku and so on !

  3. 4 airport said:

    Simply drivel! The new Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Matthew Bryza, is trying at most to create obstacle for the opening of the airport! Nothing else!

  4. zohrab said:

    dont listen to no one start your flights as soonas possible he theuy will not dare shoot down a plane.warn them any such actions will put baku in danger

  5. Vahe said:

    Bryza’s comment is not different than Baku’s provocations.
    The silence of Armenia’s Dept of FA and UN Mission is surprizes me.

  6. Tatul Sonentz-Papazian said:

    It is not surprising, that Mathew Bryza – closely related to the Aliev clan, a medieval throwback that rules Azerbaijan as a private domain at the expense of its people – has become the mouthpiece of this latest attempt of intimidation directed against the people of Artsakh Republic. The responsibility for this latest crisis rests squarely on the shoulders of the Obama administration, whose refusal to listen to the legitimate concerns against the nomination of Mr. Bryza as US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, raised by many lawmakers proves the lopsided policies that encouraged Baku to come up with such brazen and bellicose rhetoric.

  7. Artsakh is Armenia said:

    Bryza: Artsakh/ Nagorno-Karabakh is Armenia! This is a domestic civilian flight. Artsakh is not going to bomb north Iraq or , Afghanistan or Libya, therefore there is no need of any kind of “permission” and so on!!