Turkey’s Recognition of Karabakh Will Promote Peace, Says Official
STEPANAKERT—Turkey’s recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and establishing of diplomatic relations would promote peace and greatly contribute to the conflict resolution process, said advisor to the Karabakh Foreign Ministry, Ruben Zargarian on Wednesday.
Zargarian was speaking at a conference entitled “The Turkish Factor in the Middle East and in the Post-Soviet Space” at the the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies in Moscow. The event was aimed to achieve a scientific and practical understanding of Turkey’s policies in the Greater Caucasus region and in the territory of the former Soviet Union within the context of Russia’s national security.
Zargarian’s presentation focused on the confrontational policy of official Ankara toward Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. He said that it would be more beneficial for Turkey to to replace its anti-Karabakh and anti-Armenian policy with one that fosters cooperation with Karabakh and Armenia.
Zargarian outlined that certain Turkish political analysts have stated that Turkey has realized that Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s independence is irreversible. Zargaryan recommended that as an organic next step Turkey should fully recognize the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and establish diplomatic relations with it, which would contribute to progress in the conflict resolution issue and would bolster confidence in the region.
Zargarian’s presentation, entitled “Nagorno Karabakh and Russia in Integration Projects and Turkey’s Position on the Karabakh Conflict,” also touched on possible participation by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Russia in integration projects within Eastern Mediterranean Neo-Byzantine Civilization.
He also stressed that the formation of the Karabakh Government was one of the systemic factors of stability and development in the region.
More than 60 experts and journalists participated in the round-table discussions; 13 of them also delivered reports during the conference, which issues of international security in a regional context: Turkey and the Greater Middle East; the domestic factors of instability in the Turkish state; the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh were discussed. Also, highlighted were the prospects of integration projects in the Caucasus with the participation of Russia, Turkey and other countries in the region; the religious and public-political influence of Turkey in the post-Soviet reality and in Turkic-populated regions of Russia.
Zargarian’s presentation was well received by the experts assembled at the conference.