Kazan document dangerous – opinions

15:49 • 01.07.16



The Kazan document contains threats, ethnographer Hranush Kharatyan, environmentalist Karine Danielyan and Armenia’s first Ombudsperson Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters on Friday.

They announced their intention to draft a three-part document. They intend to apply to Armenia’s authorities and, later, to the international community, particularly to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and to the people for discussing their demands.

They recalled a proposal for a phased settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: handover of five regions, followed by handover of two regions to Azerbaijan and evacuation of Armenians from Lachin, with subsequent determination of Nagorno-Karabakh’s status.

“It was circulated for the purpose of convincing the people this is the right way. It is no coincidence that the German FM stated that the status quo could not continue because it threatened escalation. This is nothing, but a warning of a possible escalation. And it is being done with both Armenia’s authorities and the international community involved,” she said.

Elaborating on the document, Ms Kharatyan said that it is utterly unacceptable.

“It is a dangerous document which contains a potential for resumed hostilities. After an agreement on the document has been reached, any status for Nagorno-Karabakh and freedom of its population can be considered out of the question,” Ms Kharatyan said.

In this context, she stressed the first point of the document that envisages handover of territories and Azerbaijan’s right to re-establish control over all the neighboring territories currently under the Armenian side’s control.

One of the points envisages evacuation of the Armenian population from Kelbajar, rather than from Lachin, and handover of the region to Azerbaijan.

“That is, it will open a door to militarization of all the territories, with immediate threats to Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. It is clear that Azerbaijan’s control over five regions will not prevent Azerbaijan from launching new attacks,” Ms Kharatyan said.

No clear security guarantees are available either, with the OSCE Minsk Group’s responsibility pointed out, while it continues claiming it is not mandated.

As regards Nagorno-Karabakh’s interim status, the relevant part does not envisage Nagorno-Karabakh’s right to have an army and other militarized structures.

Elaborating on the refugee-related points, Ms Kharatyan noted that the problem of Armenian refugees has never been discussed nor has the Armenian side ever made a relevant proposal.

In her turn, Karine Danielyan said that Azerbaijan did not sign the document because it believes it can “have it all.”

“We reject supplements to the Madrid principles or any other negotiated documents because they are a stalemate. We consider the Kazan process dangerous for all he regional peoples. We are calling to rejecting vague and ambiguous theses, which distort the essence of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem,” Ms Alaverdan said.

Nelly Lazaryan





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