Ossetia Crisis a Lesson for War Hawks

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Russia’s ambassador to Armenia Thursday said that the South Ossetian situation should be a lesson for those opting to resolve conflict through the use of force, and ruled out scenarios like the aftermath of Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia, as a means to resolve other conflicts, such as Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The recent Georgian-Ossetian situation may serve as a good lesson to all countries that want to resolve conflicts through the use of force,” said Ambassador Nikolay Pavlov, speaking at a press conference at the Russian Embassy in Yerevan.

Pavlov did not comment on official Baku’s announcemen’s that Georgia’s incursion into South Ossetia served as precedent for “restoring territorial integrity” and resolving conflicts militarily.

“I do not want to comment on such statement,” said Pavlov, reiterating that the best way to resolve the Karabakh conflict was the continuation of the peace talks under the OSCE Minsk Group’s auspices.

“It is important that negotiations between the two countries continue with foreign ministers and the president of both countries continue to meet with each other. This provides hope that the Karabakh conflict will be resolved peacefully,” said Pavlov.

Meanwhile, Armenia’s Foreign Ministry announced that an additional 1,520 Armenian citizens returned to Armenia from Georgia in the past day, while some 695 foreign citizens were evacuated to Armenia during the said time period.

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