Aggressive behavior of new Armenian authorities under leadership of Nikol Pashinyan only makes situation inside the republic more uncontrollable, negatively affecting stability of the entire South Caucasus, American expert on international relations, Peter Tase, sain today in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza, commenting on Pashinyan’s latest statements on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.
“Pashinyan’s provocative rhetoric against Baku is inappropriate and aggressive, it will ultimately lead to more chaos and unrest inside and outside of Armenia,” political scientist said.
New Yerevan’s foreign policy looks especially strange because it doesn’t expand circle of Armenia’s allies, on the contrary, it just narrows it, while Azerbaijan continues to strengthen its regional and international ties, Peter Tase noted.
“While Pashinyan repeats the same uncompromising statements over and over again, President of Turkey strengthens friendly, mutually beneficial relations with Azerbaijan,” he said.
According to Tase, Russia has key role as mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. That’s why Moscow will likely take more steps to make new Yerevan less aggressive.
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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, 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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The September 7th meeting between between General Valery Gerasimov (first deputy minister of defense) with General Petr Pavel (chairman of the NATO Military Committee) is a testimony to Azerbaijan’s tangible contributions to world peace, prosperity and promotion of dialogue among cultures and nations, American expert on international relations Peter Tase said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.
“Baku has earned equal importance as any other European city where major multilateral agreements have taken shape over the last decade,” he stressed.
American expert recalled that on February 16th, 2017, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Valery Gerasimov met face to face for the first time since 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The September 7th meeting between Gerasimov with Petr Pavel was the second major meeting that has placed Baku at the center stage of International politics and has emerged as a balanced city where a series of crucial negotiations and effective dialogue has taken place among the military leadership of Russian Federation (the world’s largest country) and NATO Leadership (the world’s strongest and oldest defense alliance).
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The example of Azerbaijan and its multicultural tradition and heritage is the only way that ensures economic growth, religious coexistence, peace and stability over the world-US expert
The reporter of Eurasia Diary interviewed Peter Tase, political analyst and expert on international relations at Marquette University.
Eurasia Diary: What is your opinion regarding multiculturalism and religious tolerance in Azerbaijan?
Peter Tase: While visiting the region of Oghuz, region of Ismailli and the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, it is evident that the Republic of Azerbaijan is a unique country where multiculturalism, interreligious dialogue, multifaceted tolerance, peaceful coexistence among religions and very effective government administration are the principal elements of the social fabric in this nation. On May 9-12, 2017, under the leadership of Academician Prof. Dr. Kamal Abdullayev (Chairman of the Board of Baku International Multiculturalism Centre), the most important writer and philologist in contemporary Azerbaijan and professor Klaus Wolf from Augsburg University in Germany organized an international conference dedicated to Azerbaijani multiculturalism in Augsburg University, Germany. On this occasion, I was honored to join a group of international friends of Azerbaijan and distinguished scholars to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Azerbaijan’s National Leader, Heydar Aliyev; and to discuss the admirable values of multiculturalism among the people of Azerbaijan.
This conference was made possible thanks to the leadership and support of the President of Azerbaijan, H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev. Moreover, we had the opportunity to visit one of the largest synagogues in Germany and in Europe, that was built in 1914-1917, a magnificent religious monument that had survived World War II and was not destroyed by the Government of Adolf Hitler. The treasures of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan are an example that should be followed by other nations of the world. We are conscious that building artificial walls, setting up barriers to the free flow of goods and human capital; mishandling of more than two million migrants and refugees that have crossed into Europe during the last two years will further escalate the division of visions, ideas and policies that are currently taking place in the European Union over the administration and the implementation of migration, asylum procedure and in the strategy of border security. The example of Azerbaijan and its multicultural tradition and heritage is the only way that ensures economic growth, religious coexistence and peace and stability over the world.
Eurasia Diary: How can you estimate the role of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the intercultural and inter-religious dialogue?
Peter Tase: The Republic of Azerbaijan has advocated for a more effective dialogue among religions and ethnic groups at the global stage including its effective participation and vital support to many forums, international organizations and multilateral discussions. The restoration of cultural monuments such as the Gülüstan Monument in Julfa Region of Nakhchivan, the maintenance project of the Momine Khatun Mausoleum and of Noah’s mausoleum, are remarkable accomplishments of the government of Azerbaijan and of the government of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan. Moreover, the restoration initiatives that are taking place in the villages of Lahij located in the region of Ismailli and Nij, a town located about forty kilometers to the south-west of Qabala. Regions are a true testimony of the impressive priority that the government of Azerbaijan has allocated towards the preservation of multicultural values, treasures and monuments that are inherited, for many centuries, in the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan.
Eurasia Diary: How can you assess relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNESCO in cultural, educational and scientific fields?
Peter Tase: UNESCO will have a new Director General by the end of November 2017. Currently there are nine candidates from different countries that aspire to lead UNESCO during the next four years. Among them is the official candidate, nominated by the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ambassador Polad Bülbüloglu. As the next Director General of UNESCO, I strongly believe that Ambassador Bülbüloglu will further work to stop violent extremism, promote interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding. Above all, Ambassador Bülbüloglu will be an instrumental force towards the protection of cultural heritage and strengthen education policies in the Landlocked Developing Countries. These areas are key factors towards the implementation of sustainable development goals.
Moreover, UNESCO’s incumbent leadership must undertake a visit to the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, to visit over a dozen historical sites that deserve to be included in the World Heritage List. I am confident that Ambassador Bülbüloglu will have a genuine propensity towards the preservation of multiculturalism across many nations and will strive to preserve peace, increase the levels of education and literacy.
Eurasia Diary: How do you think, is secularism in Azerbaijan a suitable model to some Muslim countries?
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July 4th, is perhaps one of the saddest days in the modern history of Azerbaijan, Peter Tase, a political analyst and international relations expert with the Milwaukee-based Marquette University, told Azadinform.
“I am appalled that the International Community has not come out publicly with a united voice, in order to denounce the horrific crime against humanity that was committed only hours ago from the Armenian Armed Forces”, he said.
According to him, it is certain that an overwhelming healthy consciousness of Western Democracies has been infected by a terrible virus that is called “Double Standards.”
I was expecting European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, to come out in public this morning and publicly condemn the atrocities committed by the Armenian Armed Forces in the Sovereign Territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan”, said the expert.
We are living in a world that is becoming ever more dangerous, it seems that mass murders committed by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq are being emulated by the ruthless leadership of Yerevan. As Robert K. Merton would say: the Islamic State is becoming a role model to Armenian Armed Forces. To conclude, Armenian Armed Forces must withdraw its troops from every inch of the occupied sovereign territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan deserves to live in peace and stability, the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan) deserves to live in peace and harmony, noted Tase.
The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games is an example that brings closer nations and cultures, it is an effective and fair sports competition, which fosters an intercultural dialogue, Peter Tase, a political analyst and international relations expert with the Milwaukee-based Marquette University.
The Games, which involve Indonesian, Turkish, Jordanian, Uzbek athletes, as well as those from many other countries, is a genuine competition taking place in the heart of Eurasian landmass, he said.
The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games has become a unique example to follow and a valuable practice that ought to be applied, especially its effective organizational model, in other parts of the world, he added.
The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games started May 8 and will last until May 22 in Azerbaijan’s capital on 16 sports grounds in 21 kinds of sports – 17 Olympic ones and three non-Olympic ones.
The 72nd session of the UN General Assembly will kick off today iN
New York. Draft resolutions titled “The situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan” and “Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development” are included in the provisional agenda of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. Seemingly, this year as in the previous UN General Assembly sessions, abovementioned draft resolutions may not be submitted for discussion. It is well-known fact that issues of global and regional importance, threatening peace and integrity are the main topics for discussions in the annual General Assembly sessions. Despite the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the major menace to the regional security and above all, a major impediment in implementing the UN sustainable development goals (SDG), for many years United Nations limit themselves with certain statements noting that this issue is within the competence of the OSCE Minsk Group. Theoretically, it can be a substantiated argument, but given the fact that any issues of regional and global concern should be at the heart of an international organization, it provokes important questions. So, why the draft resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem remained unaddressed in previous UN GA sessions? And, is it expected to be so this year as well?
Peter Tase, a journalist and International Senior Adviser to the Chicago-Kent College of Law considers that it largely depends on the outcome of planned meetings between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers and possibly presidents on the sidelines of UN GA this year.
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