Scotland's independence moral support to Armenia – expert

11:53 • 10.05.11



The Scottish indedpence vote can be seen only as a moral support to Armenia's efforts towards achieving the recognition of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, says an Armenian expert.

"Scotland's independecne increases our chances in moral terms, but I don't think it will assist in the process of recognizing Karabakh's independence," political analyst Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan told Tert.am, commenting on the possible impact of the Scottich independence vote on the Nagorno Karabakh recognition process.

He said numerous unrecognized countries which gained independence in recent years could have set a precedent for Karabakh, but that didn't happen.

"Even the recognitions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia had no impact," he added.

The Scottish nationalists who favor the country's independence from the United Kingdom have recently held a historic victory in a local election. London has declared it would not hinder the country's efforts towards gaining independence.

Speaking of the impossibility of applying Scotland and other countries' precedents to Karabakh, the Armenian expert said: "The problems of Scotland and Nagorno Karabakh are similar in legal terms, but Karabakh has stronger legal advantages. Scotland was invaded by the English, but they have now changed considerably and are ready to gain independence through peaceful methods. As to Karabakh, it wasn't invaded; it was placed under the Azerbaijani rule by a third country's decision. So having stronger legal bases, Karabakh cannot follow the same political processes as Scotland because our political partner is the enemy. That transfers the legal problem to a political domain where we are considerably weaker compared to Azerbaijan."

The expert further said that the Armenian people alone should should settle the Karabakh conflict, without relyhing on other countries' precedents.
 

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