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Nagorno – Karabakh should stay under Baku’s ruling for avoiding warfare


By Sara Rajabova

There is no question that Nagorno – Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan and it must remain under the jurisdiction of this country in order to avoid a protracted warfare and the killing of innocent people.

Peter Tase, Special Assistant to the Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies and to the Executive Secretary of the Global Engineering Deans Council made a remark in an interview with Day.Az website.

Tase said the Nagorno – Karabakh conflict is one of the longest standing and most violent conflicts in the Caucasus region in the post-Soviet period, lasting for more than six years. “During almost 20 years of sporadic confrontations, the international community has made numerous attempts to bring this conflict to a peaceful settlement.”

The Nagorno – Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that displaced over one million Azerbaijanis, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.

Peace talks, mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. through the OSCE Minsk Group, which is underway on the basis of a peace outline proposed by the Minsk Group co-chairs and dubbed the Madrid Principles, have been largely fruitless so far.

Tase said it is unfortunate that the OSCE has failed to invite both parties into the negotiating table and bring this conflict to an end, stressing that this conflict must be solved by using peaceful means, Armenia should respect the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and abandon its hegemonic behavior as well as a high level of violence which resonates the attitude of medieval empires against their neighbors.

He noted that Armenian armed forces have violated the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis were expelled from all the territories occupied by the Armenians, adding that the OSCE Minsk Group has not demonstrated a tangible wisdom to resolve the problem.

“The territory of Azerbaijan continues to be for more than 20 years under occupation, internally displaced people cannot return into their homes. Armenia is holding back the regional economic development and is the main security threat to the Caspian region. It is essential for the Armenian armed forces to withdraw from these territories and respect the international law and Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity,” Tase said.

He went on to say that the international community must condemn the sporadic ceasefire violations by the Armenian armed forces.

In August, 2014, the Armenian soldiers killed fourteen Azerbaijani soldiers, which was the largest loss in a single attack since the ceasefire of 1994.

Tase stressed that the Armenian reconnaissance groups attacked Azerbaijani positions as the regional tensions are on a knife – edge after Russia has been confronted with the sanctions from Western countries over the annexation of Crimea and the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine.

He further noted that over the last two decades, Azerbaijan has considered the United States as one of its principal strategic partners with hopes that Washington would be an effective negotiator in mediating territorial disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tase added that, however, American policy-makers in the Congress and Executive Branch don’t show necessary attention to the issue of the preservation of territorial integrity of independent states such as Azerbaijan.

“For 20 years, Azerbaijan has maintained the conviction that the United States is the most reliable mediator that will somehow and someday contribute to a peaceful resolution to the frozen conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh in Southern Caucasus. However, some international experts have increasingly questioned the priorities of the United States whether it is advocating the short-term goals or the long-term objectives in order to uphold a peaceful solution to the illegal invasion of Nagorno – Karabakh and hopefully bring an end to the constant belligerent attitude of the Armenian armed forces,” Tase said.

Touching upon the resolution approved by the California State Senate, he said these initiatives are merely political acts of sympathy sponsored by the Armenian diaspora in the United States and do not have a significant role to shape, guide or implement the U.S. Foreign Policy.

California’s Senate passed a resolution of anti-Azerbaijani nature (AJR 32) on August 27, calling for the recognition of a separatist regime in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.

The resolution was introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto at the behest of the Armenian lobby, who submitted the proposal to California’s State legislature on January 6.

Tase underlined that these actions do not affect the overall U.S. Foreign Policy and America’s deeply rooted alliance with Azerbaijan.

– The U.S. and Azerbaijan are strategic partners in many areas. What do you think about the cooperation between the two countries?

He went on to note that Washington has always been committed to strengthen the democratic institutions, sustainable economic growth and foster an open market economy in Azerbaijan. He said the Azerbaijani diaspora in the U.S. is an important component of the excellent relations between both countries.

“In the area of regional security and stability, Azerbaijan has always played a key role and has been a trusted ally of the U.S. However, the U.S. State Department must be more active towards strengthening the cooperation initiatives with the Azerbaijani government,” Tase said.

In regards to the bilateral economic and trade relations, he added that Azerbaijan has a bilateral investment treaty with the United States and the U.S. companies are heavily involved in offshore oil development projects and in telecommunications.

Tase said Azerbaijan is one of the countries that benefits from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program, which enables its products to be exported to the U.S. market under the framework of a duty free entry.

Recalling his visit to Baku for participation in the fourth International Humanitarian Forum in early October, Tase said he witnessed the tremendous development of infrastructure.

“Azerbaijan is currently playing a vital role towards fostering intercultural dialogue, religious tolerance and promotion of peace and democratic values worldwide. 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 disagreements. The government has made great efforts to make Azerbaijan one of the most developed countries in Eurasia and beyond. These are historic times for Azerbaijan, it is a nation with dynamic leaders, full of potential and its hard working people will always have a brighter future,” Tase said.

He noted that Azerbaijan over the last two decades has experienced an admirable economic growth, a multi faceted development, modernized its infrastructure, drafted a visionary constitution, embraced environmental friendly initiatives, and has been very effective on the war against corruption and the organized crime.

Tase stressed that the positive reforms set by the government should serve as a perfect example and success story to those under-developed countries that aspire to reach high levels of economic development and eradicate poverty.

Paraguay And Uruguay: A New Era Of Partnership In Horizon – OpEd

Paraguay And Uruguay: A New Era Of Partnership In Horizon – OpEdParaguay And Uruguay: A New Era Of Partnership In Horizon – OpEd


November 5, 2013

Paraguaya’s President Horacio Cartes conducted his first official visit on  October 25, to Uruguay. The visit comes soon after Mr. Cartes begun his presidential term, in which he has been highly engaged and pragmatic,  and promoted the international investment potential that his country has to offer unlike any other president who has ruled Paraguay in the last 24 years.

As Asuncion continues to be outside of the MERCOSUR trade block, Mr. Cartes’ numerous official visits, in the region, Europe and United States, have shown a highly positive, proactive and a vibrant foreign policy strategy that sooner or later will have a direct impact in order to improve Paraguay’s national image and attract strategic investment in the Guaraní speaking nation. In the first two months in office, Mr. Cartes has conducted official visits in Suriname, where he met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro; in Argentina, welcomed by president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner; in Chile, Brazil and in the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In October 18-19, President Cartes participated in the XXIII Iberoamerican Summit in Panama City, where he met with the presidents of Costa Rica and Mexico….

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Taiwan Welcomes With High Honors Dr. Federico Franco, President Of ParaguayMay 21, 2013

Taiwan Welcomes With High Honors Dr. Federico Franco, President Of ParaguayMay 21, 2013

Paraguay's Luis Federico Franco Gómez

Paraguay’s Luis Federico Franco Gómez


Paraguayan President Federico Franco received May 20 an honorary doctorate from Taipei Medical University, to acknowledge his efforts in improving public health and social services in his country.

On this occasion President Franco expressed his gratitude to University officials, and reflected on the excellent bilateral ties between Taiwan and Paraguay established since 1958.

Dr. Franco shared with the distinguished audience of academicians and professors his experience as a young medical doctor at the National University of Asuncion and his active involvement in politics right after college. President Franco stated that “in June 2012 [he] assumed the presidency of the republic of Paraguay in difficult times, when dark clouds were hovering over Paraguay.”

The Paraguayan President emphasized the independence of institutions in Asuncion, and evoked on the fully democratic and constitutionally supported political impeachment against former President Fernando Lugo who was elected in April 21st, as a Senator representing Frente Guazu, an extreme left political party that won five Senatorial seats from the recent elections.

Dr. Franco stated that “[his] country’s National Congress had used its constitutional powers and vested [him] as the new president, a responsibility that [Dr. Franco] accepted in making sure that he would seek the social welfare and improved public health system for [his] fellow citizens.”

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Interview With César Palacios: Distinguished Paraguayan Journalist

Interview With César Palacios: Distinguished Paraguayan JournalistMay 22, 2013




On May 19th, Mr. Cesar Palacios, a seasoned public communicator, shared a few thoughts on Paraguay for the audience of Eurasia Review. The following is a biography and interview of Mr. Palacios.

Short Biography:

César Palacios received in 1996 a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences from the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Asuncion (UNA); a Post Graduate Degree in University Pedagogy, 2002, from the Department of Philosophy, UNA; a joint Master’s Degree in Communication and Marketing in Universidad Columbia, Paraguay and Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, 2006. He has pursued courses in Cultural Anthropology at the Institute of Advanced studies in Applied Anthropology, Universidad Salesiana de Quito, Ecuador.

Since 1997, he has worked as a television journalist, news anchor, speaker and general coordinator in Channel 13 Teledifusora Paraguaya S.A. In 2004 – 2007 he also served as a Manager of Marketing and communication program within various NGOs: Alter Vida, FM Radio Trinidad which later converted into Radio Viva FM.

From September to December 2008, Palacios served as Press Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he joined as a journalism counselor the first Paraguayan diplomatic corps delegation in the high level meetings organized in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, considered to be the most important meetings in opening new opportunities and markets for the Republic of Paraguay.

For two years, January 2009 until January 2011, Palacios served as the Director of Communications at the Ministry of Social Welfare, where he developed a series of projects in order to establish a positive image for the institution. Subsequently, since February 2011 to the present, is the director general of the Paraguayan government’s media coordination offices, in the Ministry of Information and Communication for Development (Secretaría de Información y Comunicación para el Desarrollo-SICOM).

In the area of teaching Mr. Palacios has lectures since 1998 in the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Asuncion and Columbia University. Has been a member of the faculty at the Catholic University of Asuncion since 2005 and is currently teaching courses in Public Relations, Leadership in Communication decision making and administration.

Eurasia Review: How would you summarize the Paraguayan Foreign policy, its bilateral relations with the U.S.?

César Palacios: Paraguay has a solid and a sovereign foreign policy. Although after the political impeachment of June 2012, a few doors were closed, this did not mean an isolation for Paraguayan foreign policy, considering that immediately after this regional isolation, many other opportunities emerged in the horizon and Asuncion continues to maintain impeccable its democratic standards and institutional independence in addition to keeping close ties with many European and Asian Countries. In relation to the Ministry of Information (Secretaría de Información y Comunicación para el Desarrollo-SICOM), one of the worst situations was the membership suspension of Paraguayan government news agency, IPParaguay, from the Latin American Union of News Agencies, a fact that was condemned by our office, at the meeting held in July 2012, La Paz, considering that public media such as news agencies should not take political sides and apply certain measures in response to events of this nature. I believe that US – Paraguay bilateral relations are quite strong, in fact, the United States always has supported our government in many sectors and initiatives, especially in terms of education and sustainable development. I think that we should take a greater advantage from the assistance provided by our U.S. partners who play a key role in further strengthening our education, cultural and professional training.

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