Aggressive Statemen’s Do Not Contribute to Settlement

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Vahan Hovhannisian–National Assembly vice-speaker and member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau–told a news conference on Tuesday that a final settlement of the Karabagh conflict is "unrealistic" in 2006–because of the Azeri government’s aggressive approach to matters.

While Armenia and the international community seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict–Azerbaijan counters with aggressive announcemen’s–indicated Hovhannisian. "Azeri authorities appear to be in a closed circle–and do not have the political courage to break through," Hovhannisian said–adding that Turkey only serves to fuel this negativity–making it difficult to create a positive environment.

Hovhannisian also spoke about focusing on the needs of the people living in Georgia’s mostly Armenian populated region of Javakhk. "The population’s basic human rights must be ensured–and its political and social development tended to." He noted that although Georgia’s territorial integrity is not an issue currently–he warned there exist external forces–"who want to escalate the fragile situation in Javakhk," and that the issue will continue to be monitored.

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