Positive Changes in National Consciousness of Armenians: President of Social Research Fund
Rashad Rzaguliyev, President of Social Research Fund of Azerbaijan especially for Trend
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan's visit to Turkey accompanied by enthusiastic and optimistic statements of the latter on prospects of inter-governmental cooperation can be considered one of those done forcibly and forcedly.
The pictures of a demonstration of Armenian diaspora in Lebanon dated for the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's visit to Beirut held under the slogan of "We did not invite beasts" still stick in my mind. But today we can see quite opposite of it. I would describe it as a radical civilized progress in national consciousness of Armenians. Opening of borders and establishing direct diplomatic ties with Turkey and elimination of an almost century-long mythology about so-called "Armenian genocide" becomes priority and almost fixed idea of Yerevan.
What is the reason? Probably prospective full isolation of expansionist Armenia because of changing political situation in wake of well-known events in Georgia and demands of a certain geopolitical center in fairway policy which contained key coordinates of a foreign policy conception of Armenia.
I think concerns of many domestic politicians and experts over the format of Turkish-Armenian contacts are groundless. Possibility of restoring activities of Armenian-Turkish Commission on "genocide" and other indirectly announced measures gives hopes for lifting regional karmas of "hatred" and if sides are dynamic and systematic, they can bring nothing, but benefit for all.
Drastic changes in architectonics of forces in the region of the South Caucasus, of course, can cause quite interesting results. The fact of interests of Moscow and Ankara coming closer in the region created prospects of formation new realities, which can be very advantageous for Azerbaijan. The opposite is possible by definition. Because of the simple reason that framework of a new regional construction will be coordinated with the interests of Azerbaijan. Otherwise, they will not simply take place.
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