Azerbaijani ruling party: Armenia is vassal state and its "thread" is in other hands
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 15 /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
Armenia is a vassal state and its "thread" is in other hands. It goes there where its "thread" is pulled. That is to say that the Armenian authorities will do those ordered by its foreign backers, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), MP Mubariz Gurbanli, said in an interview with the website of the NAP.
He said the deplorable situation in Armenia also affected its psychology and morality. For the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenia's backers must exert much pressure on it, said Gurbanli.
"The Armenian press voices the opinion that Armenia can not to accept the proposal of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The question is, can the Armenians resist the policy of Russia? Can you move away from the principles laid down by Russia? You do not have enough courage to do it. Armenians can raise all these sensations in the press only. All of this suggests that not only economy, but also morality, psychology and philosophy of Armenia are in a poor situation," he added.
The Karabakh issue plays the role of a barometer of Armenian politics, said Gurbanli, touching upon the influence of the internal situation in Armenia on the negotiation process. According to Gurbanli, the Karabakh policy for this country is a matter of life and death, which is connected with the Armenian psychology, and is one of the marks of the Armenians.
"Those in Armenia, who speak about the compromise on the Karabakh issue, are declared by certain forces almost the enemies of the Armenian people. Armenia has occupied 17,200 square kilometers of Azerbaijan's territory. Of these, only 4,500 square kilometers belong to the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region. The number of population was also small there. And there were no Armenian settlements on the other occupied territories. It is also known that the Armenians were resettled in Karabakh as a result of policies of Tsarist Russia," he added.
Gurbanli also mentioned about the position of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Azerbaijan's position in the negotiation process is that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh can be discussed after the release of seven occupied regions. But Armenians do not accept this. It is the dirtiest form of Armenianism. These people are looking for some obstacles even on the way to peace. The propaganda of the Armenian nationalism is conducted at a level that after the discussion of any matter, we see resistance, sensations and protests from the Armenian side," he added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.