“Armenia’s warning to “recognize” Nagorno-Karabakh –outright stupidity”
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 8
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The next warning by Armenia about the possibility of its "recognizing" the "independence" of Nagorno-Karabakh is an outright stupidity, Fikret Sadikhov, Azerbaijani political scientist, professor of Western University, told Trend Oct. 8.
Earlier, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in the country's parliament that in case of military actions, Armenia will take all the necessary steps as a "guarantor of security" of Nagorno-Karabakh, including its "recognition".
"If Azerbaijan decides to liberate its territories, Yerevan's "recognizing" Nagorno-Karabakh will be nothing but empty words," said Sadikhov. "And Armenia will thus further undermine its reputation already tarnished on international arena, as the belonging of those territories to Azerbaijan has been confirmed by various resolutions of international structures and statements of the leading countries."
He also said Armenian foreign minister doesn't understand this simple truth.
If Armenia wants to recognize the "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic", this will be even greater blow on its image and will only be laughable for the international community, he added.
"Armenia should be clearly explained that if the military operations begin, the fact of recognition or non-recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh by Yerevan will have absolutely no value," said Sadikhov.
Armenian foreign minister should well understand this, otherwise, he will be an object of derision of the international community, he added.
The political "goals" set by Armenian Foreign Ministry cause a negative reaction even in the expert community of this country, according to Sadikhov.
"It is necessary to clearly assess the situation, make a compromise with Azerbaijan, withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani lands, instead of making such statements which have no value at all," he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI
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