Baku, Azerbaijan, May 4
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
For as long as Armenia continues to engage in a destructive propaganda campaign against the Republic of Azerbaijan and keeps its soldiers in the Azerbaijani territory, recent bilateral talks hosted by the Russian Federation and OSCE, with the intention to pacify the tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia, are doomed to failure, Peter M. Tase, expert in Transatlantic Relations and Azerbaijani Studies, a senior advisor to the Global Engineering Deans Council and to various European and Latin American governments, told Azernews, Trend reports.
He noted that the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was at the center of these talks, however concrete actions by the government of Nikol Pashinyan are nowhere to be seen, and Armenia continues to occupy twenty percent of the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan and maintains a posture of belligerence in the region.
Tase recalled that on April 10-11, Nikol Pashinyan visited the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, in this occasion he delivered once again an inflammatory speech against Azerbaijan, stating the following in the plenary: “[Azerbaijan] must refrain from the use of force, threaten by use of force and military rhetoric.”
“The Prime Minister of Armenia, who pretends to refrain from the use of force and calls upon Azerbaijan to stop using force, is simply bluffing, deceiving the international community and misinforming the Council of Europe. In fact Armenia is the belligerent party and the main source of violence and turmoil in Nagorno-Karabakh and its neighboring seven districts, all of this territory is a sovereign territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan; and is recognized as such by United Nations and by all its member states,” said the expert.
He believes that Pashinyan must review the OSCE Helsinki Final Act of 1975.
“In the Helsinki Final Act the principle of refraining from the use of force, included as the second point among its ten tenets, states: “The participating States will refrain in their mutual relations, as well as in their international relations in general, from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations and with the present Declaration”. The entire international community recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders and the four UN Security Council resolutions of 1993 demand the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying Armenian forces from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” said Tase.
He went on to add that Armenian Prime Minister must take immediate steps to refrain from the use of force according to the demands of the international community towards the full withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in order to ensure a lasting peace, regional security and economic prosperity in the region.
Tase pointed out that the two governments are not equally positioned on a negotiating table: Armenia is the aggressor (occupying twenty percent of the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan and plundering its natural resources) and on the side is the government of Azerbaijan (fully respecting International Laws, U. N. Security Council Resolutions and patiently waiting to solve this conflict by peaceful means, even though Azerbaijan has the military might to liberate its occupied territories with the use of force).
“Prime Minister Pashinyan is utilizing every diplomatic tool and international factor that would delay any progress made in the bilateral negotiations’ time table. International Economic sanctions against Yerevan and constant political condemnation of its aggressive actions in the Caucasus are very much necessary in order to pressure Pashinyan to fully withdraw Armenian Armed Forces from the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan. Only after the withdrawal of Armenian Armed Forces from sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, we may have lasting results in the solution of this conflict that has caused so much pain and suffering for Azerbaijan and its peace loving nation,” he said.
As for the statement of the Armenian Defense Minister Tonoyan about the possibility of moving military operations to the territory of Azerbaijan, Tase said that David Edgari Tonoyan is a former representative of Armenia to NATO, in his current position as Minister of Defense he should focus more on providing sufficient quantities of food and overall resources to the Armed Forces of Armenia, which is going through economic hardships. Tonoyan’s statement on upcoming Armenian Military Operations is a deceptive message that won’t frighten Baku, he added.
Tase noted that Azerbaijani Armed Forces are ranked among the top ten military forces worldwide, thanks to their impeccable training, cutting edge weapons technology and high levels of moral and patriotism. “Tonoyan’s forces will be met with an unmatched response and a heavy thunder of weapons, if they try to awaken the Azerbaijani might. As the old Latin adage states: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus”. (Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon).”
On the other hand, Tase believes that one concrete example of showing international pressure towards Armenia is to suspend the current cooperation framework between Armenia and NATO, until the Government of Nikol Pashinyan has withdrawn all of its Armed Forces from the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan.
“NATO must take steps on the ground and deliver political statements that condemn Armenia’s occupation of Azerbaijani territories; the alliance should halt the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with Armenia for as long as this country is ruled by politicians that have kissed the blarney stone and use epizeuxis’ approach when engaged in a smear campaign against the Republic of Azerbaijan and its people,” he concluded.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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The 7th Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations was organized and held by UN in Baku last week. Peter Tase, a political analyst and an journalist researcher from the United States, who participated at the forum visited Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and got acquainted with the sightseeing, historical monuments and educational institutions. An American journalist was invited to our editorial office and shared his impressions:
– You have been in Nakhchivan for three days. What are your impressions?
– This is my second visit to Nakhchivan. I have visited Nakhchivan in the fall of 2014, then as a member of the humanitarian forum. This time thanks to God’s will, I had received an invitation to your beautiful country for the second time and again I came to Nakhchivan. After my first visit to Nakhchivan I have witnessed many changes. I want to start with the work done for passenger at the Nakhchivan International Airport. The works done in order to increase the potential of the port service shows that Nakhchivan has the capacity to meet hundreds of guests every day. It is very important for an emerging country, because now the whole world’s attention is on Nakhchivan.
– What did you see during your visit which was noteworthy?
– Though there is 12-hour time difference between the US and Azerbaijan, I don’t feel tired. I feel comfortable in Nakhchivan. Firstly, we were in Ordubad. The city, its structure, mosques and other historical monuments, Ordubad plane trees (chinars) made a deep impression on me. I like your national meals. To me, Nakhchivan cuisine is irreplaceable. We saw a lot of interesting things in Ordubad. The town is a museum from beginning to the end. To my opinion, Ordubad should be enlisted into the UNESCO World Heritage List. I’m going to publish some articles connected to this matter in the world’s leading media publications. My main interest is historical monuments and archaeological cultural patterns. The impression that I gained in Ordubad will be the main motive for some of my writings.
– What information do the historical monuments in Nakhchivan tell you?
– Patriotism! You know, every person loves his country. However, it is better to perform it in actions, but not in words. The reconstructed Gulistan tomb was shown to me. It’s a sample of heroism. Indeed, once Azerbaijanis died for the sake of their lands, they protected and mounted monuments on it, and this tradition is continuing today as well. These monuments don’t belong only to Azerbaijan. They should be preserved for future generations as the material and cultural heritage of the whole mankind, I was surprised by the attention paid to historical monuments in Nakhichevan. In this regard, the works done by Mr. Vasif Talibov, the head of Nakhchivan have the global importance.
– Have you visited Alinjagala?
– On back way from Ordubad in spite of the rainy weather, we could go up to the castle. That was a great moment in my life. Once I do not think I will be able to feel the same feeling ever again. The defenders of the castle demonstrated great heroism during 14 years to protect the castle from occupiers. People have written the history. This history is still being written. I mean restoration, historical restoration of Alinjagala. Yes, this is a historic opportunity. According to the information given to me, the restoration work has continued here for more than 2 years. The restoration of this magnificent castle is not only a great part of the modern history of Azerbaijan, but also an illustration of the perfect leadership and patriotism engendered. There is also the psychological aspect of this work. On the stones and steps along with the heroism of the defenders of the fortress, the patience and determination of the Nakhchivan chairman are clearly read. These works are very important for the benefit of Nakhchivan and the whole country. Modern world accepts all these things as the universal work. I believe that in the nearest future, all these works will be assessed at the international level.
– While talking in the yard of the editorial office you have noticed the modernity of schools, universities and production enterprises in Nakhchivan. It seems that educational and production institutions have left deep impressions on you.
– Do you know, I know many countries with the centuries-old history of independence. For example, there are some villages and even small towns in the countries of the South American continent, which haven’t got a single school. Today there are hundreds of newly built schools, colleges and university buildings in Nakhchivan , which could be constructed only by people who really think about future of the country and the nation. I was extremely surprised whenever I learned that there are online classes between the museums and schools. None of the developed countries in the world do this job for free. It is a real sample of patriotism. I want to touch upon the historical monuments again. For example, as you know, the ancient Inca culture in Peru has rich prints of past. However, I would like them to come to Nakhchivan and to see how the historical monuments should be saved. All these were carried out under the conditions of blockade and in spite of difficulties of living in such condition. I think if there was not Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, this beautiful land and whole country could gain the higher levels of development. I got acquainted with Nakhchivan State University and “Nakhchivan” University campus and met the students. Such a modern campus can be compared only with those which are located in the capitals of the European countries. I have observed the encourage of the students while speaking to them. Heretofore, I have visited Nakhchivan Business Center. Speaking about the Nakhchivan products demonstrated there, I can say that it can be the result of the astronomical development which could be fantastically fitted in two decades. If Badamli spring water is already sold in Arabic countries, this is a real miracle. Manufactures of stone products in Nakhchivan surprised me by their modernity. Believe me, if the marble importing countries of the world were aware of Nakhchivan marble, they would not get Italian marble any more. Because the products are not only cheap, but also very qualitative. Another fact is even more exciting. I was told that there are already 8 power stations in Nakhchivan. It is really exiting. Let’s compare, in a big country as Brazil totally 7 electric power plants were built since 1984. However, since 1995, 7 electric power plants have been established in Nakhchivan, one of which is solar plant. It is a fact, though it is surprising.The fact is that Nakhchivan people were able to realize it. We are very pleased with the success of our friends.
– Now you are going to leave Nakhchivan. We hope that you have a lot of impressions to share with friends in the United States.
Yes, visiting Nakhchivan, in general, participating in the forum held in Baku I got acquainted with your country closely. It was a historic event for me. I also got acquainted with you and newspaper staff. It is a new beginning for me. I leave your country with very deep and positive impressions. The copies of “Sharg gapisi” newspaper where my articles were published at various times were also the best gift for me. I wish you all the success in the further development and preservation of this beautiful land.
– Thank you for the interview.
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Presidential election period is an important event that ensures stability and progress in government institutions and preserves well being among all Azerbaijani citizens, political analyst and international relations expert at the Milwaukee-based Marquette University Peter Tase told Trend.
He further said that Azerbaijan’s democratic standards have matured, and the country has stable economic growth.
Next presidential election in Azerbaijan is to be held on April 11, 2018, according to an order signed Feb. 5 by the country’s President Ilham Aliyev. According to the Calendar Plan of Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC), pre-election campaigning starts 23 days prior to the voting day and is stopped 24 hours before the start of voting. Thus, the campaigning will start on March 19 and end at 08:00 (local time) on April 10.
“This year will mark impressive accomplishments in the strengthening of Azerbaijani democracy, essential progress in the war against poverty and unemployment, as well as make Azerbaijan a nation that can be used as an example in the region for its transparent institutions and consolidated democratic standards,” Tase said.
Tase further noted that the major improvements and accomplishments in the infrastructure, education policies, tourism and public diplomacy, make incumbent President Ilham Aliyev the best candidate and certainly ensure his upcoming electoral victory in 2018. …
Peter Tase, International Programs Assistant of Marquette University (WI) and International Relations expert gave an interview to Washington Bureau of AzerTAc following her recent visit to Azerbaijan.
– You recently attended Baku Humanitarian Forum. What are your general impressions about the forum itself and the capital of Azerbaijan?
-Azerbaijan is not only the birthplace of fire but also is the foundation of genuine patriotism, hardworking people, consolidated democratic government and has emerged as a nation with avant-garde architecture in Eurasia. Azerbaijan is a dynamic young nation with a vibrant capital city. Over the last two decades Baku has become a genuine metropolitan city at the heart of Eurasia, which rivals some of the best western European capitals; it has also adopted its own urban landmarks similar to the Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, with exclusive shops and restaurants just like the wind city. I am honored to be part of this prestigious Global Forum in which more than 600 former heads of state, politicians, Nobel laureates, scholars, journalists and diplomats attended from over 60 countries around the world. Azerbaijan is currently playing a vital role towards fostering intercultural dialogue, religious tolerance and promotion of peace and democratic values worldwide. There is no other country in the world like Azerbaijan that invests so much time and energy towards preserving global peace and stability by organizing such strategic forums which help us in resolving today’s most pressing issues. Over the last decade, the government of President Ilham Aliyev has always emphasized the religious tolerance and peaceful solution of current regional and global disputes and pending disagreements.
– Metaphorically speaking, what puts Azerbaijan on the map for you? In other words, what is, in your opinion, significant about Azerbaijan that will draw attention of an American to the Land of Fire?
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There is a group of politicians in the U.S. Congress pushing for the anti-Azerbaijani interests of the Armenian diaspora, American expert on international relations Peter Tase said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza, commenting on a ban on the sale of air defense systems to Azerbaijan.
“I think the congressman Sherman from California represents large community of Armenians in the United States. And they are critical to his election victory. Sherman has also been active on a political war against Azerbaijan since 2005 – after becoming a member of Congress he has begun to hinder and blackmail the strong bilateral alliance between the U.S. and Azerbaijan,” Peter Tase noted in the fist place.
“If you go and look into his official website, you’ll find information that makes him very active on his campaign against the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman has been active in trying to promote the Armenia and U.S. collaboration while jeopardizing and hindering and mining the process of strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the U.S.,” the American expert pointed out.
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Baku, October 26, AZERTAC
The 6th Baku International Humanitarian Forum continues into the second day with a Breakout Session “Disinformation Policy – a Threat to Stability in the Modern World”. Organized by AZERTAC, the session looks at consequences of misinformation, in particular the threats it poses to global peace and stability.
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Baku, Azerbaijan, July 12
The protracted armed conflict in Azerbaijani territories, occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia must end immediately, Peter M. Tase, expert in Transatlantic Relations and Azerbaijani Studies, a senior advisor to the Global Engineering Deans Council and to various European and Latin American governments, told Azernews, Trend reports.
He noted that Azerbaijan has been very careful, pragmatic and consistent when it comes to solving the armed conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Tase stressed that Baku is a trusted partner of the West and has established an admirable reputation when it comes to embracing a negotiations practice that is envied by some of the most sophisticated democracies in Europe.
“On the other hand, issues arising from the internal disputes in Armenia are matters that must be resolved among Armenian political leaders and civil society,” he mentioned.
The expert pointed out that Nagorno-Karabakh is a sovereign territory of Azerbaijan, historical sources and archaeological sites show ample evidence of this region considered to be the heart of Azerbaijani nation and economy. He added that this conflict that has serious security implications throughout Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
As to additional steps needed to be taken to advance the negotiation process on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he considers that first, the Armenian Armed Forces should withdraw from the occupied territories and second, the Azerbaijani communities, that were forced violently to leave their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh, should be allowed to return in their hometowns.
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By Abdul Kerimkhanov
The military drills expected to take place in Armenia are certainly an open provocation against Azerbaijan, in particular, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Peter M. Tase, Scholar of International Affairs and author of various books on Azerbaijani Studies and Latin American Politics, said in an interview with Azernews.
“Armenian Armed Forces together with Iranian Defense Forces are openly destabilizing the fragile security environment in the Caucasus; violating international laws and UN resolutions; encouraging Yerevan to continue with its occupation of Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory; and undermining the peace dialogue that is shaped by OSCE Minsk Group (that was established by OSCE in 1992 and unfortunately has been incredibly weak when it comes to delivering tangible results and avoiding double standards),” he stressed.
The expert said that the majority of officers in Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Nakhchivan is trained in the Western European countries and they have successfully completed Special Forces training in some of the best military schools of Europe and North America.
“On the other hand, within the Armenian Armed Forces, their level of moral is at its worst levels and overall lack of ammunition to sustain prolonged fighting and weak military training would make Armenia a very unsuitable party to start an offensive; within a matter of two hours (after their offensive), Yerevan’s forces will be met with a destructive force and large scale irreparable damages from the immediate counterattacks of Azerbaijani Armed Forces. It is very inopportune for Armenia to undertake an offensive against Azerbaijani territories at this day and age,” he said.
Tase called the world community to understand that Armenian leadership is always articulating pro-war rhetoric due to their selfishness, fake aggressive impulses and stupidity.
“Meanwhile, Azerbaijan is hosting International Scholars and Students every year to engage in dialogue of peace, multiculturalism, study the interfaith tolerance that has existed for centuries in Azerbaijan and is a great practice towards fomenting peace and prosperity in the Caucasus, Eurasia and Africa. Baku International Multiculturalism Centre and its Executive Director Ravan Hasanov and its Chairman of the Board Academician Prof. Dr. Kamal Abdullayev are doing amazing work towards strengthening peaceful inter-religious dialogue, globalizing the positive cultural values of Azerbaijan and preserving peace, economic prosperity and promote realpolitik in Europe and Asia,” the expert noted.
Further, he shared comments on U.S Congressman Bradley Sherman, and his proposal to amend the “National Defense Authorization Act” of the U.S. and prohibit the sale to Azerbaijan of American weapons that can be used against the so-called “civil aviation” of the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. Tase noted that the legislative initiative recently sponsored by the U.S. Congressman Bradley Sherman is one of many prominent projects in favor of Armenia and its occupation of Azerbaijani sovereign territory.
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Peter Tase, a former IWP student, recently gave two lectures at the National Police Academy in Paraguay about the U.S. Intelligence Community. With an audience comprised of deputy police commissioners and principal leaders within the police force, Mr. Tase spoke about the importance of intelligence and counterintelligence in law enforcement and gave an overview of the work of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Council. Both events, which took place on September 12 and October 1, were attended by nearly 60 police leaders.
At a time when law enforcement officials are called upon to act as a front-line defense against terrorism, organized crime, and gang activities, intelligence collection and analysis grows more crucial by the day. Within law enforcement agencies, the broader purposes of intelligence can be categorized into two sectors: prevention and planning/resource allocation. Law enforcement uses intelligence to apprehend criminals and stop crimes before they happen, to determine how to best utilize department resources to develop response strategies, and to evaluate the evolving nature of threats.
Despite being comprised of dozens of directorates, armed units, technical support staff, and training institutes, Paraguay has no intelligence or counterintelligence departments within the National Police Force committed to the issue outlined above. Currently, its intelligence department focuses solely on political related analysis. With a population size comparable to the city of Hong Kong, this could leave the country in danger when looking at the broader geopolitical landscape.
Peter delivered these lectures at a time when Paraguay has embraced close ties with Iran and Qatar, as, in early October, The Emir of Qatar visited Paraguay as part of his tour in South America, including Paraguay and
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