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Organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center under the patronage of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, the 9th Global Baku Forum addressed “Challenges to the Global World Order”. (Photo: azertag.az) 

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On June 16, more than 400 diplomats, world leaders, Nobel Prize winners and other individuals gathered at the Baku World Forum to discuss “Challenges to the Global World Order.” At this important event, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President of the SDSN, discussed global health governance and some of the key lessons that we can derive from the experience of how the world handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

He addressed how different values, politics, and institutions around the world fell short in addressing the pandemic adequately. He called for an honest accounting on the origin of the virus and on the surveillance of the work on biological pathogens.

Moreover, Sachs pointed to the huge financing gap in the health system of poor countries that is much higher than the estimates of the World Bank. He called for the creation of a global fund that would combine the Global Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to fight AIDS and malaria and make it substantial enough to truly cover the financing gap in the countries that need it.

At the Forum, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev proclaimed that they have a critical role to play in encouraging peace: “We select peace, because we want stable, sustainable development in the Southern Caucasus. It’s a unique opportunity. The Southern Caucasus was disintegrated throughout the years of independence of three countries of the Southern Caucasus. For thirty years it was disintegrated because of Armenian occupation. So, now it’s time to establish peace, establish cooperation. And Azerbaijan is working on that. With respect to the process of normalization of relations with Armenia, we suggested it was our proposal to start working on a peace agreement. Armenia did not respond.”

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According to President Aliyev, “We made another step, we put forward five basic principles of international law, including mutual respect to and recognition of the territorial integrity of both countries and mutual refrain from any territorial claims now and in the future, and other principles which make the bulk of our proposal. We were glad to see that the Armenian government accepted these five principles.”

He added, “We also put forward a proposal to start the process of delimitation of our border. Because the biggest part of our border was also under occupation and never a delimitation took place. Therefore, this process also have started and the first joint meeting of the border commissions of Azerbaijan and Armenia took place last month on the border.” He called upon Armenia to open up the Zangezur Corridor as “for one and a half years, Armenians are using Lachin road to have this unimpeded connection, but Azerbaijanis cannot use the road through Armenia-Zangazur corridor to connect us with Nakhchivan.”

Prof. Arye Gut, an Israeli political commentator, took part actively in the Baku World Forum and visited the cultural capital of Azerbaijan – the city of Shusha. 

“This was a very interesting trip to admire and truly be proud of the beauty of Karabakh, at the same time to see the Armenian terrible and fascist destruction along the road leading to Shusha and in Shusha itself. We have seen the best evidence of the suffering experienced by the Azerbaijani people during the 30-year-old Armenian occupation. These massive destructions are the result of barbarism and vandalism, ecocide and chauvinism, misanthropy and the Armenian strategy of “scorched war” committed by the Armenian political regime during the 30-year occupation.”

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“During the first Karabakh war in 1991, many buildings in Shusha have been destroyed. All these occupation years, Shusha practically did not hear her native language,” Prof. Gut stressed.  “This is a sweet, insanely beautiful Shusha, true to its indescribable beauty. Shusha saw catastrophic destruction of everything around, and people could not forget her bright and unforgettable past. It felt a strong and indescribable pain of loss and nostalgia that touches the heart of her native inhabitants.”

“Shusha was previously a resort in Soviet times,” Gut concluded.  “The transformation of Shushi from a battlefield into a tourist site is part of Azerbaijan’s strategic plan to consolidate its power – irreversible – over the territories.”

According to Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry, some of the 750,000 Azerbaijanis displaced from Karabakh in the first war will be able to start returning next year. It might take a little longer to resettle residents in Shusha. Presidential representative to Shusha said it could take a year and a half for residential buildings to be ready to receive returning residents, but tourists are expected to arrive as early as next year. 

“Our current plan is to rebuild infrastructure such as power supplies, but we are thinking about development in terms of giving opportunities for Shusha’s residents. We have prioritized setting up a school and a hospital,” a statement said. “The tourist development will serve as an economic anchor for a region that otherwise lives off agriculture and remittances. Shusha is a Karabakh, Karabakh is Azerbaijan!”

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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