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Political scientist: Armenia is not ready to sign basic principles of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement in Kazan

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 16 June 2011 19:21 (UTC +04:00)
Armenia is not ready to sign the basic principles for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement in Kazan, Azerbaijani political scientist Mubariz Ahmedoglu told Trend.
Political scientist: Armenia is not ready to sign basic principles of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement in Kazan

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 16 /Trend/

Armenia is not ready to sign the basic principles for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement in Kazan, Azerbaijani political scientist Mubariz Ahmedoglu told Trend.
He said Armenian prime minister Tigran Sargsyan stated several times, including during a recent visit to London, that Armenia is ready to sign the basic principles, i.e. for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.

"Prime minister's response to the question on normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations indicated the true essence of the position now occupied by Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement," said Ahmedoglu.

Ahmedoglu said according to Sargsyan, Armenia is prepared to normalize relations with Turkey without preconditions, but due to the fact that Turkey puts forward preconditions, relations are not normalized. "Turkey's preconditions are the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. If the prime minister Sargsyan says in a few days that Armenia will sign the document in Kazan, then a few days later, the precondition put forward by Turkey will disappear," said Ahmedoglu.

According to Ahmedoglu, a comparative analysis of the current position of Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and Armenian-Turkish relations shows that Armenia does not intend to sign the document on basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement in Kazan. Official statements of Armenia in this regard only aim to confuse international public opinion.

"First, the de facto leadership of Nagorno-Karabakh at the instigation of the Armenian government intends to put into operation an airport in Khojali on June 26 (which Armenians call Stepanakert airport). The purpose of this is to blackmail Azerbaijan and the international community, so that Azerbaijan would shoot at the plane flying to Khojaly airport from Yerevan, and thus would be charged as a party that started the war," said Ahmedoglu.
"Secondly, the preparatory work is underway for the speech of Armenian president in the PACE on June 22. The main motivation is that Serzh Sargsyan's speech in PACE must be more radical in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict than the speech of ex-president Kocharian. But there is another point here. With his radical and anti-Azerbaijani speech in the PACE, Armenian president intends to cause a scandal, irritating Azerbaijan and to some extent the Turkish delegation," said the analyst.
"As a result, Serzh Sargsyan intends to justify the failure to sign the document at Kazan meeting," said Ahmedoglu.

According to Ahmedoglu, during this period when Armenia provides such preparation, the speeches of the OSCE Minsk Group co- chairmen from France and the United States in the European Parliament encourage Armenia not to sign documents in Kazan.

"Following the statement by the French co-chairman Bernard Fassier on development of a new concept, the Armenian leadership, we can tell, has no possibility to sign the document. Because Fassier openly states that if the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides do not sign the document in Kazan, the co- chairmen seat for the preparation of a new concept. Perhaps with their position Fassier and U.S. co-chairman Robert Bradtke want to neutralize the priority position of Russia on the conflict settlement. And for that, Kazan meeting should fail," said Ahmedoglu.

"Because over the last years, the partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia in the conflict settlement affected the West's interests in the region in certain sense. And therefore, it is regrettable that France, which plays a significant role in the current stage of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, wants to undermine all the achievements made and return the relationship between the co-chairmen to the that which existed 10 years ago. In any case, it needs to take into account that the possibilities of partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement are infinitely wide. Azerbaijan-Russia cooperation in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can cover even the questions of war," said Ahmedoglu.

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