Madrid Principles Would Lead to War, Says Manoyan


Russian tanks move through Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, soon after Russia's August war with Georgia.

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Any document on the Karabakh conflict resolution that is based on the updated Madrid principles would only lead to a new war, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Affairs Director Giro Manoyan on Wednesday.

Yet, he said, Armenia still can redress the situation by changing its stance and can achieve “a fairer and more acceptable ultimate deal by engaging Karabakh in the negotiating format.”

The ARF has been in intensive discussions since the end of a pan-Armenian gathering held in Karabakh capital Stepanakert last weekend to address concerns in the Armenian society over the current state of the Karabakh negotiations.

In its final resolution, the ARF-hosted conference urged Armenia not to sign the framework agreement proposed by international mediators based on principles that imply an indefinitely delayed status for Karabakh. It also called on official Yerevan to pave the way for Stepanakert’s return to the negotiations as a full party.

After a plenary meeting in Yerevan, the ARF Supreme Council of Armenia said it will stage a protest in front of the Foreign Ministry building on Thursday.

“Fellow Armenians, we strongly oppose any concessions that endanger vital interests of the Armenian people. By taking part in the protest, we will reassert the unity and resolve of the Armenian people vis-à-vis national and state issues,” said the ARF Supreme Council announcement.

The statement also said that an announcement made by the presidents of the US, France and Russia last week undermines the right to self determination of the people Karabakh and poses dangers to the national security of Armenia.

The protests will be held on the eve of President Serzh Sarkisian’s trip to Moscow where he is due to hold another round of talks with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev.


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  1. Papken Haertunian said:

    The so called “Madrid Principles” are not principles at all. Because principles must have legal or equity bases. In this situation, they are set of orders to Armenian people laying foundation for resolving Armenian question once for all. Armenians will not accept such oreders. War is not the favorable alternative either, especially for our adversaries. If Armenians accept these orders the result is obvious, elimination of armenians gradually. However, if Armenians go to war, there is chance that they wll win the war. Therefore, rather than commit suicide, Armenians will defend their existance as they did in 1988-1991.

    The staus que will continue as long as our adverseries have resources to keep their masters happy.

    Meantime, we must continue to become superpower in the region. I am determine to see such Armenia in the near future. Those who have doubt about it, should recall 1988-1991.