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Statement of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) on murder of Oliver Ivanovic
January 18, 2018 News ,Statements

17 January 2018

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) is extremely saddened by the news about the murder of the head of the civil initiative "Freedom, Democracy, Justice", Oliver Ivanovic that happened on 16 January 2018 in the city of Kosovska Mitrovica. IFSPD condemns this terrible criminal act and expresses his condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased.

This murder is another sad reminder of the consequences of separatism and disintegration that began in Kosovo in the 1990s, and is detrimental to the peacekeeping activities of the international community on international reconciliation in Kosovo. Since any manifestation of signs of separatism and terrorism throughout the world directly violates the generally accepted norms and principles of international law such as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and thereby causes instability, the formation of various groups engaged in organized crime, smuggling, illegal arms and human organs trade and illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and substances, the flow of emigrants and refugees. In this regard, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development expresses hope that restraint and tranquility will be manifested on the spot in order to prevent escalation of the situation in the region.

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development calls upon all parties involved, firstly the representative offices of international organizations in Kosovo, to contribute to a prompt and effective investigation of the above-mentioned crime in order to identify criminals and bring them to justice.

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Statement of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) on the Referendum in Catalan Region of Spain
October 12, 2017 Statements

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) declares that the referendum in Catalan region of Spain from 1 October 2017 is a unilateral act that is not approved by the central government of Spain.

It contradicts article 2 of the Spanish Constitution, which provides for the unity of this state, and it violates the rights of other citizens to live within the framework of a single and indivisible Spain.

IFSPD also welcomes the European Commission's statement declared on 2 October 2017 in which it considers this referendum as an illegal act, reaffirming its position that the separating territory will be outside the EU, and indicates the need to address the problem in accordance with the Spanish Constitution.

Spain is not the first nor the last country in modern Europe that has faced attempts to illegally divide a part of its territory in violation of the national constitution and legislation. Unfortunately, double standards regarding the principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, as it was, for example, in the case of the conflict in the Kosovo region of Serbia, encourage separatists and undermine the system of international law and stability.

IFSPD believes that consistency in supporting the principles of respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of state borders of states will serve to prevent splitting and enmity in society from separatist groups, strengthen international law, promote security, stability and further political and economic integration in  Europe and beyond.

IFSPD believes that in the current situation, dialogue and negotiations are the only way to resolve the situation in Spain.


4 October 2017


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Statement of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development on Referendum in Iraq
September 27, 2017 Statements

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) expresses its serious concern over the so-called referendum on independence in the region of the Republic of Iraq, populated mainly by Kurds.


This referendum is a unilateral act that is not approved by the federal authorities of Iraq. It was boycotted by Arabs and Turkmens residing in this region. It contradicts article 1 of the Iraqi Constitution, which provides for the unity of Iraq, and it violates the rights of the remaining peoples and citizens of Iraq to live within a single, indivisible and sovereign Iraq.


IFSPD considers it necessary to recall the statement of the UN Security Council on 21 September 2017 about the possible destabilizing influence of the referendum. As the Un Security Council has noted, the referendum is planned during the time of ongoing operation against Daesh and it can divert efforts from ensuring the security necessary for the voluntary return of 3 million refugees and internally displaced persons.


IFSPD also recalls that on the eve of the referendum, warnings were received about the possible use of trade, economic, transport and other sanctions by Iraq's neighbors with respect to its region populated mainly by Kurds. There is no doubt that, first of all, the application of sanctions will result in difficulties and serious suffering for the Kurds living in this region of Iraq.


Thus, as a result of the referendum, the situation in the Middle East will worsen even more as the hope for stability and security in this critically important region of the world will run out.


The International Foundation considers the above-mentioned referendum as an illegitimate act and by declaring that it cannot have any legal consequences, IFSPD expresses its support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of Iraq.


IFSPD encourages all participants of the Middle East process not to take acts that are aimed at changing the borders of states unilaterally.

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Statement of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development on the Rohingya Violence
September 11, 2017 Statements

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) has been anxiously following the incoming news of violence and ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya from Myanmar since August 2017.

An abiding disregard of the Rohingya crisis can lead to the point of destabilization of the regional security in this part of the world.

IFSPD supports the appeal of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, to grant citizenship or temporary legal status to Muslims in the state of Rakhine, including free-movement, having access to the employment market, education and health services, so that these people can live normally.

At the same time, IFSPD appeals to the international community as well as international humanitarian organizations to provide feasible humanitarian assistance and take effective measures to stop the violence against over a hundred thousand of Rohingya, who due to these violent events were forced to leave their homes and move to the territory of Bangladesh.

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Statement of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) on the situation in the Persian Gulf
July 18, 2017 Statements ,Statements

The International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) continues to closely follow the occurrences in the Middle East, including the situation in the Persian Gulf.

Unfortunately, this region has been under domestic and international conflicts for many years.

The emergence of yet another hotbed of tension, caused by the blockade of Qatar, does not serve the interests of ensuring regional security. Moreover, the blockade may damage the economy of the countries involved in the Qatar crisis.

IFSPD believes that the concerns and disagreements of the countries of the Persian Gulf can and should be solved through an open dialogue, in the spirit of mutual respect and in the interests of development, which resonate with all of the region's countries. 

Mutual accusations of supporting terrorism do not contribute to a successful fight against this evil. It is necessary to overcome the differences in the notion of terrorism, to ensure the unity of the goals and actions of all countries in the region for the prevention and eradication of terrorism.

IFSPD hopes that the international community, including prestigious international organizations such as the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Council of Cooperation for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, will actively carry out mediation work to normalize the situation around Qatar and the disagreements between the countries of the region will be lifted. This will allow us to concentrate on resolving other pressing problems of the Middle East.

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Statement of the International Foundation for the Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) regarding Armenian’s attack on July 4, 2017 civilians of the village Alkhanly of Fizuli.
July 08, 2017 Statements

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) reports that on July 4, 2017, civilians of the village Alkhanly of Fizuli - Guliyev Sahib (born in 1967) and her two-year-old granddaughter Guliyev Zakhra were killed by the armed forces of Armenia, firing mortars and grenade launchers from the village of Alkhanly of Fizuli, region of Azerbaijan. Another woman - Guliyeva Sarvinaz was wounded. Civilian objects were damaged.

Taking into account the Armenian’s previous attacks on settlements as well as on the peaceful civilian population of Azerbaijan, throughout ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, especially during the night from 25 to 26 February 1992 in the city of Khojaly, the attack on July 4, 2017 is a continuation of Armenia's systematic policy on the use of violence against the peaceful Azerbaijani population.

Any direct and deliberate attacks by Armenia against the Azerbaijani civilian population and civilian objects constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law and human rights, in particular the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocol I, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and are classified as war crimes.

Observations and facts show that such attacks usually take place either on the eve or after meetings and negotiations on the settlement of the conflict with the assistance of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.

Undoubtedly, such attacks lead to the escalation in the conflict zone, and it distracts the international mediators from the essence of the peaceful settlement of the conflict, which is, de-occupation, the return of displaced persons, and the restoration of the affected territories. In other words, Armenia continues to deliberately damage the peace process and threatens international security and peace.

IFSPD hopes that the above situation will not be left out of the attention of the international community, including the co-chairs and other members of the OSCE Minsk Group, and they will take adequate measures for an early settlement of the conflict on the basis of the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states.

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Istanbul Declaration of the General Assembly of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development Јune 10, 2017, Istanbul, Turkey
July 03, 2017 Statements ,News


The General Assembly of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (hereinafter referred to as the International Foundation), guided by the Charter of the International Foundation, as well as the norms and principles of international law,

Reaffirming that the main purpose of the International Foundation is to promote dialogue, mutual understanding, strengthen confidence, tolerance and multiculturalism, economic development, security, cooperation and peace between countries and peoples,

Recalling that the International Foundation in its activities aims, inter alia, to contribute  to international efforts in the fight against terrorism,

Being deeply alarmed by increased terrorist attacks in many regions of the world, including in the countries represented in the International Foundation,

Noting that against the background of the terrorist attacks in Turkey, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa, the International Foundation repeatedly expressed its solidarity with the international community in the fight against terrorism,

Being extremely alarmed by terrorist acts committed both by individual terrorists and terrorist organizations, for instance, Al-Qaeda, Daesh, PKK or Boko Haram, in various parts of the world,

Reaffirming its strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purpose, as it leads to death of innocent people, threatens international peace and security, religious and cultural intolerance and set obstacles to social-economic development,

Being concerned that the profits from illicit trafficking of arms, drug trafficking and illegal economic activities in conflict-affected areas, including exploitation of minerals such as gold, copper or oil, can be channeled into the financing of terrorists,

Expressing the desire to contribute to the fight against terrorism,

Calls upon States, in accordance with their obligations under international law, including the UN Charter, to deny terrorist groups safe haven, freedom of movement and recruitment, material and political support, and to bring them to justice or extradite on the basis of the principle of "extradite or prosecute" the perpetrators of terrorist acts or any persons who support or facilitates or participates or attempts to participate in the financing, planning or preparation of terrorist acts,

Urges States to ensure full coordination and, in accordance with their obligations under international law, to rend one another, especially to those States where or against whose citizens the terrorist acts were or are committed, the greatest assistance in criminal investigations or criminal proceedings related to financing or support of terrorist acts,

Emphasizes that terrorism can not be defeated only by military force, law enforcement measures and intelligence operations, and in this regard,

Considers it necessary to undertake a set of measures to eradicate poverty, contribute to dynamic economic growth, sustainable development, prosperity, good governance, respect for human rights, rule of law, strengthening of civil society and democracy,

Notes the importance of prevention in the future and soonest settlement of the existing protracted conflicts on the basis of respect for the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of states,

Calls upon to redouble efforts to terminate channels of supply of weapons, explosives and ammunition,

Underlines that tolerance, respect for diversity and dialogue among civilizations are important elements in development of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and welcomes in this regard the results of the 7th Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, held in Baku on April 27, 2017 as well as presentation in Bucharest on June 8, 2017, of the Report entitled “Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world. The Romanian narrative on pluralism and diversity” drafted jointly by the Bucharest Office of the International Foundation and the Middle East Political and Economic Institute,

Calls for ensuring participation of young people in efforts to combat terrorism  and prevent violent extremism which creates a breeding ground for terrorism, as well as strengthening educational programs and ideological work in the fight against terrorism,

Reaffirms its readiness to further contribute to and calls upon other international non- governmental organizations to engage in efforts for implementation of the 2006 United Nations Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/RES/ 60/288).



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Statement of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea on stabilization of relations between Russia and Turkey
December 18, 2015 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF), established in 2009 with the aim of contribution to the dialogue, understanding and peace in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas and uniting currently representatives of intelligentsia, famous academicians and public figures from 33 countries, including from Russia and Turkey, expresses its concern with regard to the possible implications of deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey due to the incident with Russian bomber aircraft SU-24.

BSCSIF, expressing its condolences to the families of those who died, also underlines that in the present situation it is necessary to show patience, calm, restraint and keep dialogue in order to remove tensions between Russia and Turkey and maintain friendly and good relations, established throughout the history between Russian and Turkish peoples.

Deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey neither meets the interests of peaceful development and prosperity of their peoples no contributes to the security in these strategically key regions of the Black and Caspian Seas.

In this regard, BSCSIF welcomes the statements by Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan, and Mr. Joseph Muscat, the Prime-Minister of Malta, about the readiness of their countries to make efforts for easing tensions and stabilization of relations between Russia and Turkey.

BSCSIF also turns attention to an important role that public diplomacy may play in restoration of dialogue and cooperation between Russia and Turkey and hopes that civil society of Russia and Turkey would contribute to this process.

December 15, 2015

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Statement on combating international terrorism
November 30, 2015 Statements

International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) resolutely condemns any forms and manifestations of terrorism, regardless of whenever, wherever and by whomsoever they are committed, and underlines that terrorism can not and should not be associated with any religion, nationality and civilization.

The International Fund expresses its deep alarm with regard to the threats stemming from terrorist fighters, inter alia, in the context of the armed conflicts in theMiddle East, and their terrorist organizations.

There is no doubt that terrorists make the conflicts in theMiddle Eastmore difficult to resolve, and pose threats not only to the states on the territory of which they operate, but also to the states neighboring these territories. A heavy burden exists also for such states in humanitarian field.

With a sense of particular anxiety the International Fund recalls thatTurkey, as one of the co-founders of the International Fund, continues to suffer serious threats to its security due to the common borders it has both withSyriaandIraq. It should be noted in this regard thatTurkeyhas so far hosted more than 1.5 million innocent Syrian refugees. Only in September of 2014, more that 140 000 Syrian Kurdish refugees and 70 000 Yazidis fromIraq, fleeing Islamic State inIraqand the Levante (ISIL), found shelter inTurkey.

Turkey, seriously suffering for many years from acts of the terrorist organizations ASALA and PKK, is very well conscious of the pain that terrorism causes, and has always been in the forefront of combat against this plague for whole mankind.

 Being the stronghold against spread of radicalism,Turkeytoday as never before is in need of more proactive support of the international community, including the EU, NATO and Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in combat against terrorism.

 The International Fund also condemns the breach of public order and acts of vandalism against public and private property which took place in October,2014, inTurkeyin the course of protests in connection with the assault of terrorists on the Syrian city ofKobani.

 The International Fund states that while terrorist fighters act more aggressively, destructively and monstrously, and terrorism becomes more diffuse, it constitutes the challenge for the whole mankind. It is not possible to overcome this  evil, be it in theMiddle Eastor any other part of the globe, singly and using only the military power.

 Naturally, there is a need to unit efforts of the whole international community to realistically counter terrorism. Also, in a combat against terrorism particular focus should be made on addressing its root causes. Meanwhile, it should not be allowed to exploit the events in theMiddle Eastfor Islamophobic purposes.

Stressing the importance of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all UN Member States and implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2178 dated 24 September, 2014, the International Fund calls upon the international community to undertake urgent and instant effective measures for prevention of terrorism, occupation and vandalism in the region, which faces security threats, coming from terrorist fighters, and humanitarian catastrophe.

From its own side, the International Fund expresses its readiness to contribute further to the international efforts in combating terrorism, including through its research projects and activities on interfaith dialogue.

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Statement of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea regarding the terrorist acts in Paris and сrash of the Russian airplane
November 18, 2015 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black and Caspian Seas (hereinafter International Fund) firmly condemns bloody terrorist acts that were committed in Paris on November 13, 2015, and a large terrorist attack, as a result of which the plane A321 of the Russian airline “Kogalymavia” crashed on October 31, in Egypt. The International Fund expresses its condolences to the bereaved families, Government and people of France and Russia.

The International Fund declares that terrorism could not be justified under any pretext, it could not and should not be associated with any religion or civilization. As it was underlined in the Joint Statement of Heads of State and Governments of the European Union dated 14 November, 2015, these terrorist acts will not be able to divide and sew hatred.

Terrorist acts of November 13 in Paris, the worst aviation disaster involving Russian airplane as well as recent terrorist acts in Lebanon and Iraq once again demonstrated the barbaric nature of terrorism. No doubt, those who are guilty for these crimes must be held strictly accountable for their crimes and incur just punishment.

The International Fund calls upon all the states of the world to undertake comprehensive measures for combating terrorism in every corner of the globe, including paying particular attention to the elimination of causes of terrorism and keep a common record in the framework of the United Nations of the terrorist groups and organizations.

November 14, 2015

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THE DECLARATION
May 31, 2015 Statements

On the 24th of May, in the Parliament of Ukraine, the legislative proposal “On State Language Policy” was considered. The legislative proposal, developed by the deputies, envisages besides the state Ukrainian language, the use of minority languages.

Consideration of the document caused controversy and open confrontation in the Parliament. According to the opposition, the adoption of the legislative draft would not lead to the preservation of minority languages but to the total use of the Russian language throughout the country, which ultimately will have a negative Impact on the development of the Ukrainian language.

The voting on the legislative draft about the status of regional languages ended in a mass brawl in which some members of the Ukrainian Parliament were injured with varying degrees of severity.

The author of the above mentioned document is a deputy of the Verkhovnaya Rada of Ukraine and the Vice-President of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) representing Ukraine, Mr Vadim Kolesnichenko.

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea not willing to interfere  the internal affairs of Ukraine, strongly condemns any manifestation of violence and calls to solve this confrontation that led to a serious inсindent through dialogue in a spirit of tolerance which is one of the most important factors of stability.

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The Baku Declaration of the General Assembly of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, May 23, 2015
May 23, 2015 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (hereinafter, International Fund) guided by the Charter of the International Fund as well as the norms and principles of international law,

reiterating that the main goal of the International Fund is to contribute to dialogue, mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among countries and peoples in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas,

underlining that active work in advancing the universal values and ideals, uniting countries and peoples of the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas, as well as input to activities of international organizations in realization of their commonly agreed goals led to the wide international recognition of efforts of the International Fund,

emphasizing that the international community marks in 2015 the remarkable historical dates– the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism and establishment of the United Nations, the 40thanniversary of adoption of the Helsinki Final Act and the 25th anniversary of adoption of the OSCE Paris Charter for New Europe,

expressing serious concern with regard to threats facing the region in particular those related to the protracted armed conflicts and their consequences, including forced mass expulsion of the population and attempts to consolidate the results of the unlawful use of force against the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of states, 

expressing concern also over the rise of extremism, transnational crime and illegal migration,

recognizing that the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas still face with the manifestation of xenophobia, aggressive nationalism, chauvinism and the policy of territorial claims toward neighbors which is rooted in the history and result in artificial creation of mono-ethnic areas in Europe,

highly appreciating rich cultural and spiritual legacy of the peoples in the countries which are represented in the International Fund,

noting that in the period of turbulence in the world, the General Assembly gathered in Baku, in a capital city of Azerbaijan, a country with rich traditions of tolerance and multiculturalism, with the hope for the better in international affairs, including in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas,

expressing wish to make its input to the cause of transformation of the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas in the area of peace, security, stability, economic development and social progress, enhancing democratic processes, strengthening civil society and respect for human rights.

declares that dialogue and cooperation among states and peoples should be based on mutual respect of each other, non-interference in the internal affairs and the norms and principles of international law,

confirms the need for the earliest settlement of the conflicts in the territories of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on the basis of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of states,

condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stresses the need to combat by all means, in accordance with international law, with terrorism posing threats to international and regional peace and security,

draws attention to the fact that distinctive features of the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas are their advantageous geographical location between West and East and rich energy resources. Welcomes construction of “Baku-Tbilisi-Kars-Akhalkalaki” international railway and realization of Shahdeniz-2, “TANAP and TAP” international energy projects which will contribute to the diversification of sources of energy supply to Europe. Underlines that the development of international transportation corridors will create, inter alia, favorable conditions for expanding passenger and cargo flows across the region,

stresses the importance of countering chauvinistic and extremist ideas and ideologies, including fascism, and attempts of creation of contradictions based on racial, religious and cultural affiliation globally.  Expresses support to the policy of promoting traditions of multiculturalism existing in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas,

calls upon states, international organizations and civil society to unite their efforts in tackling common threats to peace and security.

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Statement on behalf of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea regarding the terrorist acts in Paris and Istanbul
April 30, 2015 Statements

International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black and Caspian Seas (hereinafter International Fund) firmly condemns terrorist acts that have occurred recently in the building of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris, as well as in the tourist district Sultanahmet of the Istanbul center, arranged by suicide bomber near the police station.

International Fund expresses its condolences to the bereaved families in France and Turkey as well as wish the injured a speedy recovery.

International Fund expresses its solidarity with the French and Turkish peoples, and reiterates its principle position that terrorism could not be justified under any pretext, it could not and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization.

Persons guilty of these monstrous crimes must be prosecuted and correspondingly punished. At the same time, special attention in combating terrorism should be also given to the elimination of the terrorism causes. Meanwhile, it is necessary to provide non-judgmental attitude and equal respect of all religious confessions.

Terror acts in Paris and Istanbul confirmed the need to strengthen cooperation of the international community in order to effectively counter terrorism.

Following the principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, as well as the principles of democracy and human rights, the International Fund, from its own side, expresses its readiness to continue contributing to the international efforts in combating terrorism being a security threat not only for the population of the Fund’s member-countries, but also for the entire international community.  

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Statement on the Azerbaijani civilians taken as hostages by Armenia
April 30, 2015 Statements

As an organization closely following the settlement process of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (the International Fund) states with a sense of regret that the past 2014 year didn’t mark a breakthrough in the conflict settlement, which means that another year was wasted in overcoming the conflict’s known consequences including humanitarian ones.

Concerning humanitarian aspects of the conflict, the International Fund deems it necessary to draw attention to a case, which happened in July of 2014 and became yet another evidence of how the human tragedy was exploited in political and propagandist purposes in the course of the conflict.

The International Fund reminds that three Azerbaijani civilians, who decided to visit the graves of their relatives in the occupied Kelbedjar district in July of 2014, were taken as hostages by the Armed Forces of Armenia. Exposed to various tortures, one of them (Hasan Hasanov) was murdered while the other two (Dilgem Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev) were brought to an illegal trial in the occupied Nagorno Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

The International Fund further reminds that the UN Security Council in its Resolution 822 of April 1993 confirms that the occupied Kelbadjar district is a territoryof Azerbaijanand demands withdrawal of all occupying forces from this and other occupied territories of the Republicof Azerbaijan. Due to the ethnic cleansing of all Azerbaijani population, the Security Council in this Resolution expressed, inter alia, its grave concern at the humanitarian emergency in the region, in particular in the Kelbadjar district.

More than 20 years after the occupation,Armeniacontinues to ignore this and other three Resolutions of the UN Security Council and its Armed Forces are still stationed in the occupied territories ofAzerbaijan, including in Kelbadjar. This is a demonstration ofArmenia’s policy to consolidate the results of its illegal occupation. Over more than 20 years,Armenia did not allow anyone from the internally displaced Azerbaijani population to return back to their homes in these occupied territories.

The case of three Azerbaijani civilians once again attests how seriously fundamental human rights and freedoms and relevant provisions of the international humanitarian law are continuously being violated in the context of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

It should be stressed in this regard that freedom of movement as a fundamental freedom of human being is, to a certain degree, observed in other conflict zones, for instance, in the territory of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.  However, Azerbaijanis, who were forcibly displaced from their homes in the course of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, are even denied their right to visit the graves of their ancestors in the occupied territories.

Armenia’s actions with regard to the three Azerbaijani civilians resemble the policy of the Nazi Germany towards the peaceful population of the occupied territories. During the World War II (WWII), Nazis conducted military trials of civilians in the occupied territories. These trials were of purely formal character and had been implementing the verdicts issued beforehand by the Nazi leadership. Though Nazis in the WW II allowed the civilian population to continue living in the Nazi occupied territories,Armenia conducted ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and holds illegal trials to prevent the return of civilians to their homes.

By observing and analyzing developments around D. Asgerov and Sh. Guliyev, the International Fund comes to the conclusion that it is an intentional policy of Armenia to openly show inhuman and degrading dignity treatment of Azerbaijani hostages through Armenian mass media, to disseminate statements by Armenian officials attributed to the hostages and, finally, to conduct demonstrative “trials” of the hostages. In the short term, by this way Armenia tries to create additional tension in the region and to strengthen Azerbaijanophobia among its population and the Armenian community in the occupied Nagorno Karabakh.

Armenia makes use of tension to complicate the peaceful negotiations, particularly when promising initiatives for the conflict settlement are put forward, such as, for instance, a proposal by President of France to start drafting a comprehensive peace agreement.

Armenia’s leadership strengthens Azerbaijanophobia with the aim of consolidation of the Armenian society inArmeniaand the Armenian community in Nagorno Karabakh around itself against the background of continuing socio-economic regress inArmenia, and consequently leading to difficulties it faces in supporting materially, financially and militarily its occupation regime in Nagorno Karabakh.

In the light of the above-mentioned, it is clear that Armeniabears full responsibility for further tensions in the conflict zone.

The International Fund expresses its serious concern that the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and authoritative international structures such as UN, EU and ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) that are engaged, to various extents, in the settlement process or dealing with humanitarian aspects of the conflict, do not undertake effective steps for liberation of the hostages.

The International Fund recalls that the UN Security Council in its Resolutions 882 (1993), 853 (1993), 874 (1993) и 884 (1993), adopted with respect to the conflict, emphasizes inadmissibility of use of force for acquisition of territory, while the UN General Assembly in its Resolution A/RES/62/243 (2008) reaffirms that no State shall recognize as lawful the situation resulting from the occupation of the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, nor render aid or assistance in maintaining this situation. This also implies that the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – a structure directly dealing with settlement of the conflict on the basis of the mandate entrusted by the UN – bear particular responsibility for dissuading Armenia from committing illegal acts, including hostage-taking.

The International Fund, driven by the benevolent intention to contribute to restoration of security and peace in the region, calls on the OSCE, UN, EU, Council of Europe and ICRS, to undertake effective measures in accordance with their competences and mandates so that Armenia releases illegally detained D. Asgerov and Sh. Guliyev.

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Statement on the deteriorating situation in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine
December 19, 2014 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) expresses its deep concern regarding the deteriorating situation in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine.

These events appear to be a tragedy not only for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, but also for all the states in the region and entire Europe.

The clashes in Ukraine accompanied by mutual accusations between the West and Russia and their reciprocal actions towards each other cause damage to the trade and economic relations and the whole security system in Europe.

No doubt, many deaths among Ukrainian citizens, destruction of infrastructure in this country and deteriorating relations between Russia and the West attest serious consequences of the crisis in Ukraine.

The events during the recent months have demonstrated that military operations and mutual sanctions will not be able to settle this crisis.

The International Fund, standing for the consolidation of peace and cooperation, is confident about the need for an urgent serious political dialogue and active diplomatic negotiations between the parties on the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine.

This dialogue and negotiations should be based on the norms and principles of international law and, in the first place, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders.

There is no doubt that all military operations should be immediately suspended. The conditions must be created for providing immediate humanitarian assistance to the population in the conflict-affected areas of Ukraine with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The crisis settlement will be a comprehensive and sustainable if the national dialogue in Ukraine will take place in parallel with the diplomatic negotiations between the West and Russia on developing a common vision about their historic neighborhood. Thus, dialogue and negotiations should take place at two levels: national and international.

The UN is a global organization responsible for ensuring international peace and security. On the other hand, the OSCE is considered to be the only pan-European organization, acting on the basis of consensus principle, which has extensive experience in the implementation of confidence and security building measures in crisis situations and field missions on the territory of Ukraine. The International Fund, through its coordinated activities, calls on these organizations to promote effective national dialogue in Ukraine and to serve as a platform for diplomatic negotiations between the West, Russia and Ukraine.

The International Fund, with the representatives of Ukraine and Russia being among the co-founders and active members of the Fund, believes that the Ukrainian people should be able to decide their own peaceful and stable future, and expresses hope that the parties involved will demonstrate responsibility and wisdom in order to overcome these harsh times.

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Statement on behalf of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea at the 6th Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Batumi, Georgia November 20-21, 2014
November 26, 2014 Statements

Dear participants of the Forum,

First of all, I would like to thank you for the invitation to participate in the 6th Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (CSF) and the opportunity to speak on behalf of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund).This year, the International Fund, as well as the Eastern Partnership CSF initiative, celebrated its fifth anniversary. The International Fund brings together representatives from the European Union and member countries of the Eastern Partnership. Today the International Fund is composed of the members who are well-known, authoritative and worthy representatives of intellectuals, researchers and academics from 32 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.Such wide geographical representation in the International Fund and strategic research projects of this think-tank focused on the challenges and threats related to the security and sustainable development of the wider Black Sea-Caspian region, and the role of civil society in overcoming difficulties and monitoring activities of civil society, gives us the advantage of a better understanding of the actual processes and needs of the entire region on the whole and of its countries individually.The five-years’ anniversary and the recent dramatic events in Ukraine should be the reason for the analysis of the work already done in the framework of the Eastern Partnership CSF, identification of gaps and suggesting proposals for further effective work of this initiative.In this regard, I would like to draw your attention to the Communication of the European Commission under the number COM (2008) 823 final, sent in 2008 to the European Parliament and the EU Council, which served as a basis for the establishment of the Eastern Partnership CSF.The text of the Communication states that the purpose of creating of the Eastern Partnership CSF is to facilitate the contacts between civil society organizations and their dialogue with public authorities.This formulation is the key to understanding the mission and objectives that are assigned to the Eastern Partnership CSF. It clearly and specifically refers to the two main components of activity within the CSF: development of contacts and dialogue.In this regard, it should be noted that the Eastern Partnership CSF should not be associated with the club, where only specifically selected representatives of non-governmental organizations meet. This may damage the image of the Eastern Partnership CSF and implementation of its stated objectives.Perhaps you will agree, that this Forum should reflect the whole spectrum of civil society both in the partner countries and in the EU member states. It should facilitate discussions with the participation of all layers of civil society with the active involvement of independent non-governmental organizations, experts and analysts from the Eastern Partnership countries and the EU.It seems unlikely that without the above mentioned approach the forum would be able to ensure the development of contacts between all representatives of civil society and to build an effective dialogue with public authorities.These issues could be considered in the discussion and adoption of the “Strategy for the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum for the period 2015-2017” which is offered to adopt during the 6th Assembly.

Thank you for your attention.

Julia Akhunova

BSCSIF Project Coordinator,

Adviser to Secretary General

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Appeal of the International Fund to Israel
July 30, 2014 Statements

International Fund expresses deep concern regarding the ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip and emphasizes that their further development may strongly affect the security of the entire region and lead to the destabilization of the situation being already tense throughout the Middle East, undermining the efforts of the conflicting parties and international community to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region.

International Fund is concerned about the safety of the civilian population and stands out for the speedy settlement of the crisis in conformity with the norms and principles of international law and commitments through dialogue, negotiation, understanding, harmony and tolerance, peaceful settlement of disputes and misunderstandings among different peoples and religious groups.

International Fund calls on the Israeli leadership to cease its military offensive against the civilian Palestinian people and to find a peaceful solution to the conflicting situation.

International Fund supports the initiatives and concerted efforts of the international community, including under the edges of the United Nations, involving the elaboration of mutually acceptable conditions and approaches for the sake of the settlement of this long-standing conflict.

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The International Fund expresses its concern on the ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip ​, Palestine​
July 28, 2014 Statements

International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) extends its deepest condolences and wishes patience to bear their loss to the families and relatives of Palestinian people.

International Fund expresses deep concern regarding the ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip and emphasizes that their further development may strongly affect the security of the entire region and lead to the destabilization of the situation being already tense throughout the Middle East, undermining the efforts of the conflicting parties and international community to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region.

International Fund is concerned about the safety of the civilian population and stands out for the speedy settlement of the crisis in conformity with the norms and principles of international law and commitments through dialogue, negotiation, understanding, harmony and tolerance, peaceful settlement of disputes and misunderstandings among different peoples and religious groups.

International Fund calls on the Israeli leadership to cease its military offensive against the civilian Palestinian people and to find a peaceful solution to the conflicting situation.

International Fund supports the initiatives and concerted efforts of the international community, including under the edges of the United Nations, involving the elaboration of mutually acceptable conditions and approaches for the sake of the settlement of this long-standing conflict.

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The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) expresses its concern about the persistent and repeated violations of the ceasefire, occurring during the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
July 25, 2014 Statements

According to the reports of media and officials, starting from July 27, 2014 on certain segments of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border and the line of contact lying through the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, there were clashes between the armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan, as a result there have been large losses on both sides.
The International Fund is particularly concerned with the indiscriminate shelling by the Armenian troops into civilian areas of Azerbaijan, during which several people were killed and many civilians, including children were injured. In this regard, the International Fund, states there are violations of international norms, laws and customs of war in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

Just a few weeks ago, the Armenian armed forces, captured two civilians, killing one, subjected them to torture due to the fact that they went to the occupied territory of Kelbajar region to visit the graves of their parents, ancestors. The International Fund is also worried about the fact that the Azerbaijani prisoners have not been released until now.

In this regard, the International Fund recalls that freedom of movement within the state is a fundamental right of every person. The International Fund, within its project “Path to Reconciliation: economic, social and political consequences of the protracted conflicts in the Black Sea-Caspian region and the prospects for their settlement” also conducts a research of the protracted conflicts on the territory of other former Soviet republics, for instance in the context of the conflicts on the territory of Moldova and Georgia, the citizens of these countries have a certain freedom of movement in the conflict zones. In the case of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, exiled from their land Azerbaijani refuges are even refused the right to visit the graves of their ancestors.

The recent events demonstrate once again that despite the international calls for a cease-fire, Armenia continues to ignore the voice of the international community, to fire Azerbaijani settlements and to fuel hatred against the Azerbaijanis. In these circumstances, Armenia bears full responsibility not only for the illegal occupation, numerous human casualties and continuing deprivation of hundreds of thousands of people illegally evicted from their lands because of the Armenian occupation, but also for the recent escalation of violence and human casualties that might occur in the future.

These events again attest that the continued occupation, violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of states represent a threat not only for the regional, but also for the European security. In this context, unconditional and complete withdrawal of the occupying forces from the territories of Azerbaijan and the conflict settlement on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and other instruments of the Council of Europe and the OSCE is the only way out of the situation and a guarantee that could prevent losses of human lives. Achieving this solution is a duty of the relevant international institutions, including the OSCE Minsk Group, its member states, leaders, diplomats directly in charge.

In this context, the International Fund, bringing together political scientists, experts, scholars and intellectuals from 27 countries, guided by such objectives as respect for the norms and principles of international law, conflict settlement through dialogue, negotiation, understanding, harmony and tolerance, peaceful settlement of disputes, calls on Armenia, before the high-level Meeting on the conflict settlement, to consider once again all the consequences of its current policy, to stop immediately the violation of the cease-fire regime and to take a constructive position in the negotiation process. Otherwise, it will inevitably lead to a resumption of hostilities.

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Statement of BSCSIF regarding the tragic incident of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17
July 19, 2014 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) notes regretfully that the ongoing violence in the eastern regions of Ukraine led to the death of hundreds of peaceful international civilians, by downing the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. The leadership and all members of the BSCSIF express their deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives due to this tragic event.

It is critical that there be a comprehensive, transparent and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible in order to establish the real facts and to bring the aggressors to justice. BSCSIF recommends all concerned parties, along with the involvement of international organisations to support an immediate cease-fire in order to ensure the safe and unencumbered access to the crash site for international investigators and to prevent further loss of civilian lives.

The BSCSIF remains committed to its position that it is impossible to provide long-term resolution for the crisis in Ukraine by use of force. The only proper way to overcome the current crisis is through dialogue and negotiations with the active involvement of Ukraine, Russia, EU and USA.

The BSCSIF believes that it is necessary to undertake effective measures, based on the norms and principles of international law, first and foremost, on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-use of force, human rights and non-interference in the internal affairs of states as well as excluding the violence against the peaceful civilians.

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Appeal of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea to the International Committee of the Red Cross
July 19, 2014 Statements

The International Fund expresses its grave concern over the seizure of Azerbaijanis by Armenian military in Kelbajar region of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia, who went to their homes to honor the graves of their ancestors and instead were subjected to severe torture.

The occurred events negatively affect the process of a peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and impede the restoration of security and stability within the entire Black Sea – Caspian region, the International Fund also emphasizes having completed its research paper entitled “The Path to Reconciliation: economic, social and political consequences of the protracted conflicts Black Sea-Caspian region and the prospects for their settlement”.

 By taking such actions, the Armenian side violates international law norms and the principles of the Helsinki Final Act and the 22 years of Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan in Karabakh also indicate issues and failure to respect international principles and norms, UN Security Council resolutions, especially no. 822, which demands the immediate cessation of all hostilities and hostile acts with a view to establishing a durable cease-fire, and the immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces from Kelbajar region and other occupied regions of Azerbaijan, as well as the indifference of the international community, especially the OSCE Minsk Group to this conflict, and everyone is waiting for the vigorous activity of the OSCE Minsk Group.

 The International Fund encourages the International Committee of the Red Cross within its mandate, that allows the use of all its capabilities and take as soon as possible the necessary measures to ensure normal conditions for the temporary detention of prisoners, to arrange a meeting with them and gain their speedy release.

 The International Fund once again emphasizes the need for a speedy settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of norms and principles of international law, respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty, non-use of force, as well as eliminating violence against civilians.

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Regional Branch office of the BSCSIF for the Balkans provides humanitarian aid for the victims of the flooded regions in Serbia
May 20, 2014 Statements

On behalf of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) the representatives of the Regional Branch office for the Balkans in Belgrade have reached today the Krupanj municipality, bringing humanitarian aid in products and goods for the people who have suffered as a consequence of the massive flood, fueled by record rainfall. First aid included products and food for infants, hygienic products for children and adults, food supplies, ready meals and cans. 

In the Municipality of Krupanj, about 160 km from Belgrade, has been recorded the most critical situation after Obrenovac city,  as a result of the catastrophal rain floods in Serbia.

Around 200 houses were completely destroyed in Krupanj and the municipality has been cut off for two days and still continues due to a large mudslide.

As far as Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia are represented in the Fund by the full members being the citizens of these countries, BSCSIF eхpresses its deepest concern regarding the critical situation and reiterates readiness for further support to the Balkan countries devastated by the floods.

The BSCSIF a is an international civil society organization which acts for strengthening peace, dialogue and cooperation between the countries and peoples of the extended Black Sea – Caspian Sea region, therefore BSCSIF upholds the speedy response by the national authorities of other countries represented in the Fund, such as Azerbaijan, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Belarus, Albania, Montenegro and encourages other members of the international community to provide assistance to the Balkan countries suffering from the disaster.

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Statement of BSCSIF regarding the events unfolding in Ukraine
May 03, 2014 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (the International Fund) is closely observing the events unfolding in Ukraine, which is one of the cofounders of the International Fund, and once again expresses its deep concern on the deteriorating situation in this country.

The International Fund notes regretfully that the ongoing violence in the eastern regions of Ukraine led to the death of dozens of peaceful civilians.

The leadership and all members of the International Fund express their deep condolences to the families and friends of died.

Recent events demonstrate once again the crucial importance of a speedy and peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine; otherwise it will have negative consequences for the security and stability of the Black Sea region and Central Europe as a whole.

The International Fund remains committed to its position that it is   impossible to provide long-term resolution for the crisis in Ukraine by use of force. The only right way to overcome the current situation is dialogue and negotiations with the active involvement of Ukraine, Russia, EU and USA.

Ukraine and its people deserve a more dignified future, as well as stability and prosperity. In this regard, particular responsibility belongs to the international community. The International Fund believes that it is necessary to undertake effective measures, based on the norms and principles of international law, first and foremost, on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-use of force against political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in the internal affairs of states as well as excluding the violence against the peaceful civilians, in order to prevent the transformation of Ukraine into an arena of geopolitical discords.

The International Fund, with Ukraine being one of its cofounders and active members, expresses its hope, that the steps taken by Kiev towards carrying out constitutional reforms and the upcoming presidential elections will reflect the aspirations of all population strata in Ukraine and will play a positive role in the national dialogue and consolidation in this country.

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STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL FUND REGARDING THE CRITICAL SITUATION IN UKRAINE AND MUTUAL SANCTIONS
April 30, 2014 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (the International Fund) deeply regrets that as a result of the Ukrainian crisis more than four thousands people lost their lives, hundred of thousands became displaced persons, European security and trade and economic cooperation on the continent were seriously impaired.

The increased tensions in connection with the crisis, accusatory rhetoric and mutual sanctions remind the Cold War era.

It is unfortunate that at a time whenUkrainewith its huge potential should engage actively in reforms and the two friendly nations should cooperate, the tensions are on the rise. The International Fund deplores human losses, massive expulsion of population, hatred and animosity between communities and nations and considers the crisis and its implications, including sanctions affect first of all the ordinary citizens. In this regard, the International Fund stresses that mutual trade and economic sanctions have already caused decrease in business activity between the states and undermine confidence. This situation seriously affects the countries of theBlack Searegion that bear economic losses as a result of these mutual sanctions.

The recent deal betweenUkraineandRussia, brokered by the European Union on resumption of gas supplies toEuropeindicates that there are no insurmountable problems and that there is a way to resolve the current situation.

The International Fund declares that theMinskagreements dated September 5, 2014, currently remain the most appropriate plan for settlement, and in this respect underlines the extreme importance of following the cease-fire regime in the conflict affected regions ofUkraineand intensification of negotiation in order to ensure stability and security inUkraine. The “Day of Silence” that has been observed by all parties to the conflict is a step in the right direction.

The International Fund believes that the crisis should be resolved by peaceful means on the basis of respect to the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states.

The International Fund also calls to resolve contradictory issues of geopolitical nature in the context of the pan-European security with full respect to the norms and principles of international law enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act with the aim of restoration of confidence and building European security architecture without dividing lines.

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Appeal of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea to the Heads of the State Duma of Russian Federation, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and European Parliament. March 9, 2014
March 11, 2014 Statements

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) expresses great concern and unease regarding the political crisis evolving in Ukraine, accompanied by instability and confrontation.

Ukraine plays an important role in Central Europe and in the Black Sea region, and brings a significant contribution to political stability and development of the entire region.

The International Fund supports a speedy settlement of the crisis, in accordance with the constitution of Ukraine and the norms and principles of international law. It also calls for respecting territorial integrity and assumed commitments exclusively by means of dialogue, negotiation, mutual understanding, consensus and tolerance. The Fund strongly believes that the real resolution of the conflict can only be achieved through peaceful settlement of disputes and misunderstandings among dissident people. The International Fund condemns the use of military force and any manifestation of violence.

The International Fund, with Ukraine being one of its founders and active members, hopes that wise, multinational people of Ukraine will overcome these restless times, find a way out of the political crisis and thus contribute to eliminating the tensions in the country for the sake of a stable and strong Ukraine, for the sake of stable Europe and the entire world.

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Symbol for justice, equality and dignity has passed away
December 10, 2013 Statements

Obituary

Symbol for justice, equality and dignity has passed away

Nelson Mandela has had a challenging life and full of hardship. Nevertheless, he never gave up and defended his beliefs and values till his last breath.

A fighter against apartheid, the great humanist Nelson Mandela was an experienced politician, a symbol of unity and peace for his country. His goal was to build a peaceful future for all. It’s no wonder, he’s been venerated by a large number of people across the planet.

Nelson Mandela, one of the most recognizable symbols of the civil rights movements in the 20th century – a man whose dedication to protect the freedom of his people and the development of civil society is an example for all.

At his trial, where Mandela had been charged for his activities, he said: “Throughout my whole life I have devoted myself for the struggle of the African population. I have honored the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all citizens can live in harmony and  can have equal opportunities. This is the ideology by which I am ready to live and what  I aspire to. But if necessary, for the sake of my ideal, I am ready to die. “

Mandela, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, became a striking symbol of resistance for the growing anti-apartheid movement and despite the harsh conditions of imprisonment, he has repeatedly refused to surrender his political position in exchange for freedom. The 27 years he spent in prison, made his name the absolute symbol of the eagerness to fight for freedom, justice and equality.

Mandela was loved by everybody because he believed in reconciliation. In February 1990, after being released from prison, with even more energy than before, he restarted the fight against oppression, in order to achieve the goals that he and other people have set almost four decades before.

In May 1994, Mandela was elected President of South Africa and he held this position until 1999. During his presidency the country distanced itself from apartheid and he won respect accros the world for his efforts to resolve differences, establishing  dialogue both within the country and internationally. During the five years of his presidency, Nelson Mandela made a huge contribution to the development of the country. Reforms introduced by him, such as free medical care, children allowences, employment equality have helped to overcome the socio-economic inequality in the country. Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the development of South Africa is hard to estimate.

“If you talk to a person in a language that he or she understands, you can make him or her think. If you talk to a person in his or her own language, you touch his or her heart”- Nelson Mandela.

He lived a difficult but at the same time happy life because he saw the results of his struggle. With the death of Nelson Mandela, the world has lost not only the oldest politician of the 20th and 21st century, but the great reformer and remarkable fighter for human rights, who was awarded more than 20 different awards, including the Nobel Prize in 1993.

He captured the hearts of people not only in his own country, but throughout the world, and his name is inscribed with large letters in the history of the world. Avid fighter for human rights Mr. Mandela has always remained loyal to the ideals he defended. As an example of dedication and resilience he inspired many people to fight to protect human dignity, equality and freedoms.

Our international organization, whose member is the Republic of South Africa, supports the ideology and appreciates the values of Mr. Nelson Mandela such as strengthening peace, dialogue, harmony and cooperation between the countries of the wider Black Sea – Caspian Sea region in the field of enhancing democratic process, consolidation of civil society, economic development, environment, science, education, innovative technology, cultural diversity, tolerance and dialogue among civilizations.

In this sad day for all, we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends, all the people of South Africa, as well as to all those who cared for Nelson Mandela.

Dr. Ismail SAFI- BSCSIF President
Dr. Eldar HASANOV – BSCSIF Vice-President and General Secretary
All members of the Board of Directors and members of the International Fund

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Statement of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regarding the recent bloodshed of US diplomatic missions in Libya and other countries of the Muslim world. (17 September 2012)
October 17, 2012 Statements

International Fund for Сooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (Fund) expresses its deepest grief on assassination of US Ambassador with his three diplomats as a result of furious assault by violent extremist groups to US Consulate in eastern Libya of Benghazi on September 11, 2012, and as well to all other victims including German and British embassies in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to all who suffered from violent demonstrations and revulsions which have gone global and spread through the Middle East and into Africa and Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan and Yemen.

The Fund strongly condemns all the manifestations of moral or physical violence, as well as, terrorism irrespective of its origins. The perpetrators of these heinous acts should be brought to justice and judged publicly. Meanwhile, the Fund emphasizes the need for promoting equal and unprejudiced respect to all religious confessions and therefore urges all societies to refrain from insulting and offending religious values.

Promoting the progressive values of modern world in its Charter and practical work, the Fund calls to respect the norms and principles of international law, as well as stresses the necessity to refer to peace, dialogue and tolerance in lifting the divergences and misunderstandings amongst people and in this regard reassures its further serious efforts and contribution adhering to the mentioned principles.

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