Unreconciled Differences: Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan” by Scott Taylor

On the 9th of October, 2012, on the initiative of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania the presentation of the book “Unreconciled Differences: Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan” by Scott Taylor, a Canadian writer, was organized in Bucharest. The Black Sea-Caspian Sea International Fund was represented on the event by Julia Akhunova, Orhan Mammadov, Marcela Curmei, Mihai Sandu, Andrada Dinu, Raluca Diana Clotaru and Liliana Coman.

The event was attended by the representatives of governmental structures and diplomatic corpus accredited to Romania.

The book draws from historical research and personal investigation conducted by author/journalist Scott Taylor in order to better understand the contextual realities of these conflicts as well as why so little is known about them in the west.

During the past century, two major clashes in the Anatolia-Caucasus region happened, both resulting in the widespread slaughter and forced expulsion of innocent civilians from all sides. The first occurred when the strain of the Great War caused the collapse of both the Ottoman Empire and Czarist Russia. The second conflict erupted between 1988 – 1994, when the disintegration of the Soviet Union left a temporary power vacuum in the Caucasus, and the new republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia battled over the sovereignty of Nagorno-Karabakh. Unfortunately, the unreconciled differences of their shared history continue to negatively impact the lives of the Turks, Armenians and Azeris in the present. If left unresolved, this will prevent their progress towards a peaceful and mutually beneficial coexistence in the future.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Romania, H.E. Mr. Eldar Hasanov expressed his view on the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia and emphasized that Azerbaijan is trying to settle the conflict peacefully on the basis of international law.

At the end Scott Taylor introduced his documental movie about this book and then he answered the questions of the guests.

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