Another wave of discussions on Armenia – Azerbaijan foreign policy games swept through the Armenian blogosphere this week, which almost always means there’s nothing else interesting going on in the country. Considering how boring this Parliamentary election campaign is going, I might just as well be right on this one 🙂
The week started on Armenian bewilderment (Hyelog) on US State Department’s second amendment of the human rights report on Armenia, which was re-phrased once again as: ““Armenia continues to occupy the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding Azerbaijani territories”. The Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vladimir Karapetian had said on April 26 that “we thought the mistake was corrected and are bewildered by such an unserious approach.”
Bloggers freedomfight777 and Kornelij Glas seemed to enjoy NKR Chief of Army, General Seyran Ohanyan’s answer to the US State Dep. more than any wise wording forged out by the Armenian FM. The general had said “These are our historic lands, in which a security zone has been created as a result of military action. We consider them as liberated territories and they have only one function – serve for our security”.
The Kharabakh conflict remained in focus with Azeri FM Elmar Mammedyarov and Ilham Aliev both making statements about Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks.
The Azeri Foreign Minister also stated that the best Nagorno-Karabakh could hope for is a high-level of autonomy within the framework of Azerbaijan proper.
It must be remembered that the Azeri Foreign Minister has been known to make such optimistic observations of the negotiations process in the past, which have been proven to be unfounded. (SASSNA DZRER)
In his speech, Aliev also said that Karabakh’s status should be determined after the liberation of the Armenian-occpuied districts “within the framework of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.” “Those [Karabakh Armenians] that want independence should move to Armenia,” he said.
“I don’t known what goals the president of Azerbaijan is pursuing, but it is known to everyone that we have principles and those principles haven’t changed,” Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian told RFE/RL. “So take Aliev’s statements easy.”
As you can see, life goes on as usual, with paranoia and lies following from both sides. To conclude let me point to the post at Blogrel about Azeri MP Azay Guliyev’s plans to develop a law in Azerbaijan which bans local NGOs to contact Armenian NGOs – paranoia in action!