Azerbaijani aggression increases chances of Karabakh recognition

15:55 • 23.10.15



The conduct which Azerbaijan demonstrates today in relation to Nagorno-Karabakh is likely to facilitate the country’s international recognition, according to Shavarsh Kocharyan, a deputy foreign minister of Armenia.


Speaking at the 3rd international forum of graduates of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) , the official said he thinks that Azerbaijan’s policies should push the world community to impose new approaches upon that country. In his words, every act of aggression potentially marks start of Karabakh’s international recognition process.


Asked about the possibility of new Armenian-Azerbaijani talks after the OSCE Minsk Group mediators’ regional visit, Kocharyan noted that Armenia has never avoided high-level meetings.  “But we understand very well that no progress is possible in the process, as Azerbaijan keeps demonstrating an extremely destructive position, having crossed all the boundaries. Azerbaijan is, after all, is a UN member, while the UN Charter begins by outlining the organization’s three key objectives,” he said, pointing out to the requirements for refraining from use of force, promoting equality and self-determination of peoples and facilitating cooperation in all areas.


“Azerbaijan, a state which was a non-permanent member of the [UN] Security Council, acts against the three objectives,” added the deputy minister. 


Kocharyan said he sees that the policy of hatred towards the neighboring nation (Armenia) and the persistent efforts towards reach accord over Nagorno-Karabakh are a tool in the hands of the Azerbaijani regime for maintaining power.


Agreeing that the Minsk Group-mediated process promises no breakthrough, the official said he doesn’t think that the mission’s work is absolutely useless.


“The possibility that Baku will, after all, come to senses, is not ruled out. But we must remember that the co-chairmanship has another key mission: to maintain the fragile ceasefire we have. And the Karabakh conflict is special in that the three co-chairing countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council. That is to say, three of the five permanent members are mediators; there has been no other conflict of the kind,” he added.


Asked why then the co-chairs avoid being tough with Azerbaijan, the deputy minister replied, “Mediation in conflict settlement processes accepts two approaches: to do everything possible to bring the sides to a common accord through proposals and compromise solutions - which practically doesn’t work in the case of Azerbaijan - and [to exercise] coercion. The mandate which the co-chairs obtained does not yet imply coercion. In  this case, the coercion into peace is a mission for us, the two Armenian states.”





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