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OSCE Mediators Protest Against Renaming of Azeri Villages in Karabakh

BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom, May 23, 2001

Text of report by Azerbaijani TV station ANS on May 22 .

[Presenter] While visiting Susha last week, the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen voiced their concern about the process of giving Armenian names to occupied Azeri villages. This was reported by Nagorno-Karabakh television which is broadcast in Azerbaijan's districts bordering on Armenia.

[Correspondent over Karabakh TV footage] It seems that the Armenians living in Khankandi [Stepanakert] this time correctly covered the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen's visit to the region on their local television. The TV channel broadcast from Khankandi has reported in its news bulletin that the OSCE cochairmen's visit serves peace. The news reader said in comments that during the visit to Susha the OSCE representatives had protested against giving Armenian names to Azeri villages. However, our Armenian neighbours deliberately took the OSCE cochairmen to a church in Agdara [Mardakert] and told them about the church's history.

The fact that the TV stressed this in its news bulletin and broadcast a report about the cochairmen's visit to a furniture factory set up jointly with Italians in Agdara proceeded from the Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians' desire to present themselves as independent. It is clear that Nagorno-Karabakh's self-styled agency is aware that this TV channel is received in neighbouring regions [of Azerbaijan] and wants to show once again that they have no intention of obeying Azerbaijan.
Etibar Ibrahimov, Vafa Fikratgizi and Zaur Naibov, ANS Karabakh bureau.

Source: ANS TV, Baku, in Azeri 1600 gmt 22 May 01
/BBC Monitoring/ © BBC.
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