Manoyan Says OSCE Appeasing Azerbaijan

YEREVAN (Yerkir)—The response by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen to the violent attack by the Azeri Armed Forces last week was inadequate and aimed at appeasing Azerbaijan, said Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Affairs Director Giro Manoyan Wednesday at a briefing.

He characterized the attack, during which four Armenian soldiers were killed on the frontline, as Azeri President Ilham Aliyev’s way of exerting pressure on the parties involved with the peace process.

“Aliyev is trying to show that he is dissatisfied with the negotiation process and can resort to other means, such as military action, if the talks do not yield his desired results,” said Manoyan, adding that the resulting reaction from the OSCE Minsk Group was in some ways an encouragement for Aliyev to continue his modus operandi of threats of violence.

The continued silence by the international community on this issue will only give the green-light to Azerbaijan to continue its policies of warmongering, he said, urging a more resolute approach by Armenian authorities on the Karabakh matter.

Armenia should undertake serious and concentrated diplomatic efforts in the realm of the Karabakh conflict resolution process, without compromising its options to respond to military attacks, said Manoyan who pointed out that Armenia should actively oppose Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian policies and take steps to better articulate the true essence of the Karabakh question.

Manoyan added that while Azerbaijan was taking myriad steps to address the Karabakh conflict resolution process, Armenia has not yet made advances in conjunction with the current peace process.

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  1. Norin Radd said:

    While I would not completely rule out Armenia as not having taken any steps whats so ever. Pretty much everything Mr. Manoyan said was concise, accurate, and to the point. Now that the line of contact has officially and openly been violated, Armenians in Armenia, Arstakh, and Diaspora need to consider preemptive strikes to quench the the sparks being shot at us.

    Action is definitely justified at this point, and a lack of action will only be seen as further opportunity for another scirmish by the Azeris. If more such attacks are conducted by the enemy in the coming months, Armenians everywhere should assume that they are testing for weak points for an inevitable military campaign, as such, we should make preparations of our own.

    Leaving things purely to diplomacy or any sort of reliance on mediators will only buy the Azeris more time to take more jabs at us at the line of contact. Military and diplomatic measures running in parallel would be much more effective at this point since they have already “cast the first stone” in the open in the face of an attempt at a peaceful resolution. If war is to come, the goal should be Baku and a few sea ports this time.

  2. Papken Hartunian said:

    War against Armenians has been launch not only by Turks and Azeris but by their Big Brothers and Big Sisters. There is only one way out. Armenians must build modern weapon systems within Armenia or Artsakh. Everything else does not matter. Even writing this short comment is wast of time.

    • Arman said:

      Papken try to read the article presented below and you will understand what happens with the scientific minds in Armenia. How a country can build anything if he doesn’t have scientists? It is just a dream for now.

      http://www.tert.am/blog/?p=1062

  3. paul adjemian said:

    what you need to keep in mind is the presence of Israeli and American air forces in Azerbaijan on the eve of the attack on Iran, Israel and the US may face some difficulty trying not to take sides with the host country.
    Azeris are encouraged and are flexing their muscles.

  4. GARIK said:

    ALL IL SAY IS AZERI BRING IT ON YUR JUST MESSIN WITH FIRE U NEVER SAW THE POWER OF ARMENIA WHEN THE TIME COMES YULL CRY LIKE A BABY JUST LIKE LAST TIME THIS TIME ITS GAME OVER THERES NOT GOIN TO BE NO CEASE FIRE THATS RIGHT YUR FUCKED AZERI U BEEN BAGGIN FO A LONG TIME WELL GUSS WHAT U AZERI FUCKER YOUR SOOO FUCKED

  5. Nairian said:

    Paul, I hear you loud and clear; however I don’t think neither the U.S. nor Israel will attack the little Artsakh or Armenia alongside the “azeris”. Especially the U.S. and also Israel, they always yell over their voices that they are soooooo democratic and they want peace in the caucasus. Also the U.S. being part of the OSCE Minsk group, I don’t think they’ll dare to try to help the “azeri” vermins in case a war break in Artsakh.

  6. Nairian said:

    However Paul, the reason as to why the OSCE Minsk Group as well as the international community are not saying anything for the “azeris” sudden attacks on our eight soldiers; it is for the same reason that we are talking about. It’s all because 1) the oil that “azerbaijan” has and especially now, for a land against Iran. However Manoyan as usual is right on. Armenia should take this matter very seriously and fight for herself. Meaning first diplomatically and then if necessary attack back to the loser “azeri” vermins.

  7. Vartan said:

    ARF has called for “regime change.” Now there is an opportunity to change the entire dynamics of the Karabakh issue. Next time Aliyev and Sarksyan meet in a tumultuous country such as Russia, ARF should adopt the Muslim doctrine “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” and attack Aliyev’s convoy. It doesn’t matter if it succeeds or not, but it will raise some hell. The Armenian government could officially “condemn” the event. If a crazy man could arrange this on Ronald Reagan in the US, it would be possible to arrange such a task by a political party in Russia, where everyone walks around with weapons.

    I think the aftermath could be positive. If Aliyev survives he will realize he won’t get a free ride to attack Karabakh. If he doesn’t, Azerbaijan will go into internal turmoil, as it usually happens when a dictator is removed (ie Saddam). ARF could again gain some notoriety and boost its chances for running the government. If the population feels war is eminent and ARF is not passive, ARF will come to power.

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