Baku, Azerbaijan, April 29
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
Armenia's threats of using nuclear weapons can create legal and political problems only for the country itself, said Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu, vice chairman of the Turkish analytical center Strategic Outlook.
"This threat is excessive," Oztarsu, who is also an expert on the South Caucasus, told Trend April 29. "If Armenia has nuclear weapons, the international organizations must deal with this issue to clarify the period of obtaining nuclear weapons, the way of weapon production and who helped the country."
The expert added that if Armenia means the outdated Metsamor nuclear power plant, so much the worse for the country itself.
Oztarsu stressed that it seems that the Armenian leadership is deliberately leading the country to destruction.
"In any case, it is not worth believing in this statement," he said. "The only thing is that the threat of nuclear weapons can create problems for Armenia itself. Ankara and Baku must deal with the legal position of this statement."
He added that the Metsamor nuclear power plant poses a threat to security and this issue must be urgently considered.
"The recent victory of the Azerbaijani army greatly undermined the image of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his followers," Oztarsu said, adding that this may contribute to a coup d'etat and the beginning of the big political games in Armenia."
"By making a statement recently that Armenia refuses from peace negotiations, President Sargsyan tried to restore his image," the expert said, adding that if he retreats or negotiates, this will mean his political death.
Hrant Bagratyan, Armenian MP, former prime minister, said at a press-conference that Armenia has nuclear weapons.
While explaining this statement for journalists, Bagratyan said that Armenia has an opportunity to create nuclear weapons, adding that Armenia has such weapons.
The Metsamor nuclear power plant was built in 1970. It was closed after the devastating earthquake in Spitak in 1988. But despite the international protests, the power plant's operation was resumed in 1995. Moreover, the second reactor was launched there.
According to the ecologists and scholars all over the region, seismic activity of this area turns operation of the Metsamor nuclear power plant in an extremely dangerous enterprise, even if a new type of reactor is built.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.