2017 October 25 ( Wednesday ) 18:03:23
- Delegations of Azerbaijani and Georgian NGOs Did Not Support Final Declaration of EU Conference on Civil Society
- Civil Society Conference of Eastern Partnership Program Started in Tallinn
- Tallinn Hosts Annual Meeting of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
- Tofig Zulfugarov: Not Separatism, but Annexation in Nagorno-Karabakh
- Suspension of Turan’s Website Update Caused by Interruptions in Internet Filing
- Press Review for October 25, 2017
Delegations of Azerbaijani and Georgian NGOs Did Not Support Final Declaration of EU Conference on Civil Society
Tallinn / 25.10.17 / Turan: Representatives of the NGOs of Azerbaijan and Georgia refused to sign the final declaration of the Tallinn Civil Society Conference of the EU"s Eastern Partnership program on Tangible Results for People: Envisioning the Eastern Partnership in 2020 and Beyond.
As the special correspondent of Turan reported from Tallinn, the reason for this was the declaration clause, providing recommendations for the EU on direct financing of NGOs working in conflict zones.
The delegations of Azerbaijan and Georgia believe that this point serves as an aid to NGOs in self-proclaimed separatist "republics" to receive direct investments from the EU.
However, the Azerbaijani and Georgian delegations failed to remove this item from the text of the declaration. Only 66 conference delegates voted to delete this item from the text. In response, the two delegations agreed not to vote for the entire text of the final declaration. -71D-
Tallinn / 25.10.17 / Turan: The problems faced by civil society institutions in the Eastern Partnership countries are discussed at the EU Conference on Tangible Results for People: Envisioning the Eastern Partnership in 2020 and Beyond, which began in Tallinn today.
According to the correspondent of Turan reporting from Tallinn, at the opening of the conference it was stressed that there are countries in which NGOs are accused of trying to violate the stability in the state. It was stated that countries where there are attacks on NGOs cannot be considered democratic.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Estonian President Kirsti Kaliulaid stated that the cooperation of governments and civil society guarantees the sustainable development of the state.
"Civil society activities facilitate the work of the government, NGOs advise additional steps for development and contribute to solving problems. It is a very convenient way of organizing work," she said.
The head of the Belarusian group of the Human Rights Center Vesna, Ales Bialiatski, in his turn stated that with respect to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova the EU should adopt a program similar to the Marshall Plan, as these countries are most ready for integration. This, he said, will be a signal to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus that only an open society can become a guarantee for providing assistance.
In her video address, EU High Representative for External Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini noted that Brussels knows that NGOs work in difficult conditions. She said civil society is trying to improve the situation with combating corruption and ensuring media freedom.
The conference will last two days. -71C--
Baku / 25.10.17 / Turan: Within the framework of Estonia's Presidency of the European Union, the 9th annual meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum will be held in Tallinn along with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference on October 25-27.
Within the framework of the three-day event, under the slogan Tangible Results for People: Envisioning the Eastern Partnership in 2020 and Beyond, the focus will be on the future of the Eastern Partnership policy and on the contribution of civil society to better governance in the countries participating in the program.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said: "Civil society representatives are the best sponsors and monitors of much-needed reforms in the Eastern Partnership countries. They are voices against corruption and for transparency and an essential force in our daily work on so many issues, from fighting violence against women, to improving the media environment. We are partners, and we need each other to reach our common goals and to make the Eastern Partnership deliver."
The Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, stressed: "We are delivering on our promise to follow social innovation trends in our broadened support to civil society. Partnerships with key civil society actors, strong leadership and more efficient tools to advance the governance role of civil society organisations are all part our revamped toolbox. Together with partner governments, civil society in the Eastern partner countries will bring us closer to citizens in areas that make most difference for their lives."
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Steering Committee Co-chair Hennadiy Maksak said: "Civil society believes in the European future of the Eastern partner countries, based on shared values, rule of law and respect for democratic principles and public accountability. It is of crucial importance to create an enabling environment for the civil society, allowing it to engage in the reform agenda."
The conference in Tallinn will provide a platform for discussions on better governance, dialogue between government and civil society, the use of technologies to increase government transparency and inclusive approaches to economic development.
A Civil Society Declaration will be adopted to identify and remove the main obstacles to democratic development, to make recommendations on measures that governments and civil society can jointly implement.
In 2014-2016 the EU identified over 600 Eastern Partnership organizations to finance 260 projects.
The Eastern Partnership Program includes Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. -03D-
Baku / 25.10.17 / Turan: The meeting of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia held in Geneva on October 16 did not open new opportunities for the process of the Karabakh conflict settlement. Moreover, after the meeting, the diplomatic crisis deepened and the tension on the contact line increased. This opinion was expressed by the former Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Tofig Zulfugarov in an interview with the Chetin Sual (Difficult Question) program of the Turan news agency.
In his opinion, the reason for this is the continuation of Armenia"s occupation policy.
The Armenian side seeks to derive benefits from provocations at the front. The aim pursued by Armenia is to involve Russia directly in the conflict and thereby prevent the defense capabilities of Azerbaijan growing from day to day.
How effective can the mediation mission of the OSCE Minsk Group be, while the tension between its co-chair states is growing?
Answering this question, Zulfugarov drew attention to two differences in the views of the mediators. These are the principles for the settlement stated by the former US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Richard Hoagland (https://www.amerikaninsesi.org/a/hoqland-beyanat-verir/3997954.html) and the so-called Lavrov"s Plan. This indicates that the positions of the Russian Federation and the United States over the conflict will be alienated from each other.
The trend of increasing tensions between Moscow and Washington shows that this will be reflected in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.
What should be done to ensure that the parties reach peace?
To this end, according to Zulfugarov, the co-chairmen should change their approaches.
"For we already see that there are no separatist problems, or issues relating to the realization of the right of nations to self-determination. There is a policy of occupation (of Azerbaijani territories) by Armenia and annexation of lands (belonging to Azerbaijan). If these obvious facts do not form the basis for their proposals (meaning co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group), then there will be no effectiveness or future of the peace talks," Zulfugarov said.
As for the probability of resumption of hostilities, in Zulfugarov"s opinion, Armenia"s policy and strategy is to aggravate tension in order to expand it into military operations and involve Russia in the conflict.
Armenia understands that without Russia it will not be able to withstand the growing defense power of Azerbaijan. -03B06--
Baku / 25.10.17 / Turan: Interruptions with Internet delivery caused temporary suspension of updates on the www.turan.az website of the Turan news agency today.
The administration of the Internet provider Bakinternet explained the suspension of Internet filing with repair work on the main fiber-optic cable.
The normal provision of the news agency with the Internet was restored by 13.30. -0--
Azerbaijan"s membership in the organization D-8, a look at corruption, and the amount of taxes in the draft state budget for next year are the leading topics of today"s press.
The newspaper Azerbaijan writes that "our country can become a reliable bridge of friendship and cooperation between East and West". The author gives an assessment against the backdrop of the IX summit of the Organization of Economic Cooperation of Muslim countries D-8 held recently in Istanbul. The article talks about the likelihood of Baku turning into Geneva of the East.
The Novoye Vremya newspaper published an article entitled Money Stolen from People Caused Discord in Family of Official. The article deals with the scandal in the family of Mirzali Behbudov, the head of the sub-artesian well service department of OJSC Melioration and Water Management. His son Elshan sued his father for inheritance. The son and father cannot divide the money stolen from the people in the form of six villas, houses of celebrations and restaurants. Probably, after this disgrace in the Behbudov family, law enforcement agencies will check the company"s work.
The newspaper Yeni Musavat writes that next year tax payments for entrepreneurs will increase. According to the draft budget for 2018, the Ministry of Taxes should ensure the receipt of 39.3% of taxes to the budget, which is 7.907 billion manat. In comparison with 2017, this is 262 million manat more. This amount looks unrealistic and it can lead to tension between tax officials and entrepreneurs. -0-