Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Armenia: Opening of Armenian-Turkish border deadly for Azerbaijan

PanARMENIAN.Net - Head of the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation Stepan Grigoryan says that the threat of resumption of hostilities in Karabakh exists, increasing periodically.

“Azerbaijan’s threats to use of force have nothing to do with the Karabakh conflict. They target Armenia-Turkey rapprochement process. Opening of Armenian-Turkish border will be deadly for Azerbaijan,” Mr. Grigoryan said during a joint news conference with political scientist Alexander Manasyan.

Yet, according to him, Karabakh conflict will not be resolved unless the superpowers reach unanimity on the issue. “The European Union is interested in resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Russia is not, Obama remains undecided on South Caucasus policy,” Mr. Grigoryan said.

For his part, Alexander Manasyan said that Baku will not venture a new war without permission of the major world powers.

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing the latter launched in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions is now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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