Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Caucasus: Georgian expert warns of war in Karabakh

PanARMENIAN.Net - The current processes in the South Caucasus are inadequate, since the parties directly involved in the conflict are often not engaged in its resolution, according to a Georgian expert.

“Processes which are supposed to be peaceful are not such, as a matter of fact. They hamper resolution of conflicts,” said Alexander Rusetski, executive director of the South Caucasus Institute of Regional Security.

“To resolve the existing problems the ideological motives should be examined. “Regional conflicts should be denationalized and a common approach should be developed,” he said.

Commenting on the Armenian-Turkish dialogue, he said that Turkey intensified activities to prevent strengthening of Russian factor in the South Caucasus, specifically after the war in South Ossetia. “Although the dialogue seems to be really frozen, the Protocols created a good basis to end the lingering hostility,” Mr. Rusetski said.

As to the Karabakh conflict settlement, he said the danger of war still persists. He also added that the population and natives of Karabakh should take part in the negotiations.

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