Good Relations With Georgian Key to Stability

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The only thing that prevents a dividing line from being drawn in the Caucasus are Armenian-Georgian relations–if this link is broken–it will have negative consequences not only for Armenia but also for Georgia," Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian told reporters late last week.

He pointed out that the importance of the strategic partnership being formed between Armenia and Georgia. According to him–high-level good-neighborly and mutually advantageous relations between Armenia and Georgia are necessary for both countries and for the entire region.

"The stability in the region is mainly based on good relations between Armenia and Georgia," Vardan Oskanian said.

No progress is being observed in Armenian-Turkish relations–and is unlikely in the near future–Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian told reporters October 8.

He stated that despite mutual willingness to improve the bilateral relations–Turkey–as it has in the past–associates the improvement of relations with Armenia with progress in the Karabakh settlement–particularly–with the return of territories and resumption of the negotiating process.

At the same time the minister pointed out that admitting that the two problems should not be associated with one another–the international community–including the European Union–US and a number of other countries believe that Turkey’s positive involvement in Caucasian problems and the Karabakh settlement can bring better results.

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