Weapons sale embargo could push for progress over Karabakh – ex lawmaker

11:31 • 14.07.17



The only way to curb Azerbaijan’s continuing aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) and push for progress in future peace efforts could be the suspension of weapons supply to both conflicting parties, according to a former lawmaker.


In an interview with Tert.am, Vahram Atanesyan, a former chairperson of the Nagorno-Karabakh National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, highlighted the United Nation’s role as the only responsible and competent body to enforce such a measure.


Meantime, he also ruled out the possibility of explicitly targeted statements by the OSCE Minsk Group.


“The [Minsk Group] co-chairs are hardly ever likely to openly condemn one of the sides while lauding the other. As mediators, they have an obligation to be neutral and maintain the balance to help the sides. The Minsk Group is not a court of justice to voice accusations against Azerbaijan and issue a ruling favorable to us when it comes to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.


“In my understanding, there is one possible scenario the international community could put in place through the United Nations. They could enforce embargo upon the weapons sale and supply, and impose sanctions upon the country which will breach the norm. But that’s in the genre of lyrics. It is but a dream to cherish hopes that there is an ‘international community’ which would be equitable enough and capable of mending the situation with the help of a magic stick.”


Atanesyan also affirmed the repeatedly voiced belief that only Armenia and Azerbaijan, as direct parties to the conflict, should have the responsibility to invest the necessary efforts in reaching a breakthrough. “It is for the authorities to decide when and how; they should introduce a peace plan to the society. But we do not have it at the moment. And therefore also the solution will be delayed,” he added.

Tigranuhi Martirosyan





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