YPC Weekly Newsletter

2004


SATELLITE PRESS-CONFERENCES YEREVAN-BAKU: ARMENIAN AND AZERBAIJANI JOURNALIST INTERESTED IN REGIONAL COOPERATION AND THE MOUNTAINOUS KARABAGH PROBLEM

On February 6 and 10 two more satellite press-conferences Yerevan – Baku were held under the project of Yerevan and Baku Press Clubs "Possible Resolutions to the Karabagh Conflict: Expert Evaluations and Media Coverage". The project is implemented with the support of OSI Network Media Program. Technical assistance in the conductance of the satellite bridge was provided by "Mir" Interstate TV and Radio Company and Internews.

On February 6 the questions of Armenian journalists were answered by the President of Azerbaijani Center of Economic and Political Research and the Entrepreneurship Development Fund Sabit Bagirov. The Armenian media representatives were mostly interested in the prospects of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, influence of Karabagh problem on the economy of the parties to the conflict, possibilities of regional cooperation, the situation of refugees and the human rights practices in Azerbaijan.

On February 10 the Yerevan studio hosted the Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Ruben Shugarian. The questions of Azerbaijani journalists in Baku studio mostly referred to Karabagh conflict, in particular, the position of the official Yerevan on the issue and its possible resolutions: whether Armenia has new approaches to the resolution of Karabagh conflicts, whether the mediating mission of OSCE Minsk Group has exhausted itself, if there is a potential for the peaceful resolution, what the attitude of Armenia is to the role of the European Union, NATO and other international structures in this process, etc. Issues of regional security and cooperation with other states having interest in South Caucasus – the USA, Russia, Iran, Turkey – were discussed.