By Giving Karabakh Lands to Azerbaijan, Conflict Would Have Ended in ’97, Says Ter-Petrosian


Levon Ter-Petrosian

YEREVAN (Yerkir)—By giving certain Karabakh territories to Azerbaijan, the Karabakh conflict would have been resolved in 1997, a peace agreement would have been concluded and a status for Nagorno-Karabakh would have been determined, said Armenian National Congress leader Levon Ter-Petrosian in an interview to the Russian section of BBC on Monday.

He told the BBC that the Karabakh leadership approach was maximalist and “they thought they could get more, that it would be possible to live and get more.” Ter-Petrosian also said that some members of his “team” were also opposed his approach.

The former president also said that in 1988 when the Karabakh movement began, no one could have predicted what would happen.

“No one could have imagined that the Soviet Union would collapse. We were basing our efforts with the understanding that there was a USSR constitution, whose parameters allowed raising the issue of taking Karabakh out of Azeri rule and incorporate it with Armenia. There existed such precedents,” said Ter-Petrosian.

He told the BBC that there is only one issue in Armenia and that is the existence of what he called a “distorted government.” If Armenia is able to overcome that situation, according to Ter-Petrosian all issues with Azerbaijan and with Turkey will be resolved.

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for “By Giving Karabakh Lands to Azerbaijan, Conflict Would Have Ended in ’97, Says Ter-Petrosian”

  1. Araam says:

    Yea and if turkey gives back all of historic Armenia we will also be happy too

  2. AramCradleofciv Armenia says:

    Not going to happen is it

  3. AramCradleofciv Armenia says:

    If turkey gave back all of Historic Armenia we would be happy too… Not going to happen is it

  4. AramSayswth? says:

    howmuch they pay him to say that

  5. Zograp says:

    Levon Ter Petrossian should be put on trial for all the criminal acts he has committed through his corrupt cronies,not to mention the fact that he tried to give away Artsakh to the Azeris in order to please the West,our nation does not need such corrupt criminals.

    He should go and live in Turkey.He is a disgrace.

  6. Zograp says:

    Levon is funded by Jews and the USA to take control of armenia from Russia! This is his plan! I lived in Armenia while Levon was the president and let me tell you one thing! He destroyed Armenia within couple years!!!! That’s why people overthrew him overnight!

  7. Hayk says:

    What a pis of sh….! he is.

  8. hi says:

    it is enough for you to make any coment.ok ter petrovic ?

  9. Zareh Sahakian says:

    What a dangerous piece of work this guy. This “statesman” thinks the bloodthirsty Azeris would have been satisfied with “certain Karabakh” territories being handed over to them. I would suggest that LTP is lying with these expressed “thoughts” to the BBC. If he had stayed in power the most likely outcome would have been handing over the entire Artsakh to the Azeris and sign some sort of a treaty putting an end to the Armenian homeland in Artsakh.

    Never forget his words in which LTP declared that “Armenia is confined within a 29 900 sq. km. territory”, Artsakh is, and never was, part of an “Armenia” according in this politician’s thinking.

    He is also sending a very clear message through the BBC that if he is brought back to power this problem shall be “solved”…hint….hint…wink…wink (as best as he is able to wink).

  10. Roman says:

    We sell Karabakh, to become friends with turks and azeris.Then we sell our Mothers and Sisters to take part in gas pipeline deals.And finaly we sell Armenia( whatever left form it) and our asses,as if you buy two get two more for free deal Buy KARABAKH, MOTHERS SISTERS get Armenia and our asses for free. Great job mister! That is the kind of politicians tuks need so that it makes them happy.That is why We have more ARMNEIANS live in Russia,US, FRANCE then in our homeland.Thos one eye full is a joke!

  11. MGL says:

    What a traitor! I’m just wondering who is benign this ugly smoker.

  12. Armanen says:

    Did anyone need more evidence that this filth is a traitor to the Armenian nation? Here you have it!

  13. Vacheh says:

    In speaking to Armenians in Armenia, they say that our nation had a single traitor leader in the past 100 years and he is Levon Ter-Petrosian. It is puzzling as who are his followers.

  14. Vache says:

    Is this guy for real?

  15. Arthur I says:

    And the mask of the traitor comes off. The audacity to utter those words could only be rooted in the powerful foreign support at whose behest this saboteur does his dastardly deed. Someone ought to neutralize and eliminate this destabilizing evildoer along with his root, support, and seed.

  16. Kitty says:

    What…? giving Karabakh lands..? Don\t they already have Dashtayin Karabakh..? Isn\t that enough?

  17. Vatche says:

    What an idiot!!

  18. Avedis says:

    This guy is a traitor or maybe he is out of his mind and crazy.

  19. Martin says:

    What a pillock

  20. arziv says:

    This wriggling worm is a traitor that needs to be hanged outright. He is a tool in alien hands. A foreign international stooge serving foreign interests. I am utterly amazed that the political system in Armenia allows this kind of toxic weed to flourish and prosper. He has acknowledged his pro turkish and pro azeri filoxenia. This dangerous man should be deleted from the Armenian political landscape. He is evil, anti armenian, an anti national grand proditor, or else he is a naive dumb ass. In both cases he ought to be cancelled out.

  21. Levon Lokmanian says:

    levon ter petrosian is an agent of the enemies of Armenia.He should be out on trial for treson

  22. Reality says:

    Can’t this sell out criminal have a heart attack already.

  23. Sylvie says:

    He is not an idiot; but a TRAITOR. Just like Zohrab said above, Levon Ter Petrosian is solely on the side of Jews and the US, and wants to take control of Armenia and sway it from Russia . He is also on the side of the Turks and wants to get rid of both Armenia and Artsakh. His heart and soul definitely not with the Armenians but aligned with DESTRUCTIVE OUTSIDE FORCES. If you ask me, Armenia should expel him from the land and ban him for good. He is certainly a very destructive force and if it is left to him he will see to it that not one Armenian person remains in either Armenia and Artsakh. He is a very dangerous man.

  24. Sylvie says:

    He is not an idiot but a traitor. He is the sole representative of what it is called, destructive outside forces. He is on the side of the Turks and not to the Armenians. He must be sent away from Armenia. Just like someone said it above already that it is because of him that a million Armenians left the country. He has already destructed Armenia a good deal, why is he

  25. Sylvie says:

    Why is Levon Ter Petrosian is still remaining in Armenia, is what I’d like to know.

  26. facts says:

    Is LTP trying to make the west and anti Armenian foces believe he is “there man”? How could such a naive person ( to be polite) become president of AR? Why is he excusing Armenia on such way?

  27. Shahe Kaloustian says:

    Mobilize the world media for the next vigil generation and if necessary, generations, to integrate Nakhichevan into the Armenian entity. The issue of Artsakh as free Armenian land, irrespective of what LTP utters publicly, shall not distract Armenians around the globe from their rightful claim to the lands of Kars, Ardahan, Surmalu besides Nakhichevan and Tashdayin Karabagh and their integration back to their rightful owners. The page of being subdued is turned forever, albight late.
    Shahe

  28. Garo Avedis says:

    Why doesnt he ask Azerbidjan the return of Shaumyan area first.and the other territories occupied by them.
    is not enough that we have given so much land and blood?

  29. AryanArmenia says:

    This clown needs to be put on trial for treason. Then he needs to be violated with no vasoline for even considering something like this. Phuken prick!! Once again…this idiot needs to be thrown out of Armenia!!!

  30. Grace says:

    Is this ter petrosian’s way of showing gratitude and respect to all the martyrs and heroes who fought to liberate our Artsakh?

  31. Mazod says:

    Nice pic of him with a cigarette. Were there no other pictures you could have used?

    BTW, what a moronic comment.

  32. truth says:

    Dear President Ter-Petrosyan please do not confute Armenia with Israel.

    Armenia is at least 10000 year a head of Israel ! Armenia is not a land founded by a X UN resolution or UK and US as this is indeed the case with Israel!! Armenia is not Israel which has to give “stolen land” back! Armenia has ever right to demand the return of stolen Armenian land from Turley and Azerbaijan! Because of Ter-Petrosyan we did lost Julfa almost for ever!

  33. Vahe says:

    If no one here knows, please do some research as to how Karabakh secures Armenias safety and security. Any Armenian living in Armenia near the border and everybody else with a proper functioning brain already knows that the ‘liberated lands’ of Artsakh protect Armenia and Karabakh’s existence as states a million times more as opposed to them not being under Armenian control. The front line against azerbaijan for both Armenia and Artsakh against azerbaijan is reduced DRASTICALLY !!! Armenia proper’s actual border with iran is 42 km…and that’s the only border that actually has safety guarantees, because Iran needs Armenia as much as Armenia need Iran. But with the ‘liberated territories’ under Armenian control, the border with Iran becomes MUCH longer as it’s joined to Armenia and runs east along the Arax river, longer border with Iran === Safer Armenia. Not the border with Georgia, Azerbaijan, or Turkey, the Armenian Government’s who actually worked for Armenia should of focused eveything with relations on ONLY Iran for these pat 20 years. It’s exactly THESE border regions of karabakh that are along Iran’s borders that they want to give back to Azerbaijan. So it’s in the national interest of Iran and Armenia to never let that happen. And I hope it does not happen, because as much as everyone has their opinions on Sargsyan, he did fight in the war and he’s from there, so atleast we know he’s not handing over Karabakh. Levon works for numerous states including Israel and Usa. If he blatantly admits of wanting to hand land over to Azerbaijan, we must question his capability of doing dirty politricks behind the Armenia’s back..I can’t even imagine how he would handle the Turkish border/starting relations scenario. Sultan Aliyev has repeatedly stated at Islamic conferences, etc..that Armenian province of Syunik (zangezur) is “Ancient Azeri land” and that it’s “the only land dividing ALL turkic country’s from being connected. I bet no one has actually even realized that it’s this 42 Kilometres of land with Iran that stops this sick Pan-turkic plan from becoming a reality. Azerbaijans eyes are not even on Karabakh, they just say that for OSCE, read what he says at Islamic conferences, etc…it’s on youtube..They want something to connect Naxijevan to Baku, also starting their Pan-turkic dream, and at the same time cutting off Iran from Armenia, something that has never happened in the history of Armenia as Armenia has always had a border with Iran. And if they get back regions surrounding Karabakh, next they will go for Armenias 42 km with Iran then its over for Armenia if they get it. If Armenia is deprived of a border with Iran, kiss it goodbye. It just sickens me as to how many people aren’t even aware of it, but I hope we can improve our relations with Iran even more, even though their excellent now ! Russia does protect Armenia and will do so if anything happens wit turkey, but Iran’s border is absolutely crucial for Armenia in so many ways, and by giving lands of Karabakh back your exposing all of Armenia between turkey and azerbaijan, and keep in mind azerbaijans land claims on Northern Iran and you’ll finally see the big picture, deprive Armenia of Iran and take Iran’s northern privinces, this is their ultimate goal, of turkey and azerbaijan, and ofcourse Israel and Usa. But let’s all do what we can to strengthen Armenia from outside and inside and make sure no inch of Armenian or Karabakh land be given to our barbaric neighbours.

    • Vacheh says:

      Dear Vahe,

      In speaking to Armenians in Armenia, they believe that sub-standard people like LTP or mafia-backed leaders will gradually erode all the gains of 1992-1994 Azgayin Azadagrakan Baykar.

      Armenia will remain on a treacherous path until the day when we have an “All Armenian President” from Diaspora who will clean up the mess, handicap the mafia, and unite the Armenians in and out of Armenia. Until that day the cat-dancing above by LTP or other corrupt authorities will continue and will irritate all of us.

    • Levon says:

      Good point Vahe, I never thought of it that way. Iran has always defended Armenia’s South.

    • AM says:

      Thank you Vahe for your insightful post. We do need people like you otherwise most of our people seems to be unable to think logically. Inchpes asel e Monte Melkonyan@ ete korcnenq arcakh@ apa kshjenq mer patmutyan verdjin edj@. Levon says we need to give away Arcakh and 500.000 people scream Bravo Levon we trust you you know history and how to lead politics. Can it get more insane than this? What happened to those people? Levon is a criminal, a national davachan but what about those 500.000 people who were dying of hunger in cold and darkness less than 2 decades ago. Existence of Iranian boarder in Armenia is essential otherwise we will die of hunger from blockades. Georgia is not a reliable window for us and even if lets say for the argument’s sake it is reliable do we want to leave in a house with only one window? As to Levon Ter-Petrosyan I do not know why he is not being deported from Armenia. He is a criminal and I am using this word lightly.

  34. Brescia says:

    On Whose payrol is Ter-Petrosyan? To whom he works for?

  35. Aram says:

    It is encouraging to see so many who are boldly (or orally) defending the borders of Armenia and Artsakh.
    However, unless we can crush Turkey and Azerbaijan , we have to settle our borders only through negotiaition. As we all should know negotiation means compromise, which means some painful decision(s) on compromosing sides. This is Ter petrossian’s problem as much as it is every patriotic Armenian’s whether we agree with the first president or not.

  36. David says:

    Maybe Armenia should give *LTP* to Azerbaijan.

  37. alinam says:

    My only concern with this situation is that Armenian government might actually give away some territories now with or without Levon. It is possible, with the whole situation so tensed in Armenia, with all the social and political problems. Don’t you think they are just preparing people for this? There are so many things happening in Armenia that we, Armenians living in Diaspora, don’t know and cannot influence. My opinion: something must be done before the worst happens as it’s only a matter of time.

    • AM says:

      Well yes, however the difference is that Levon wants to give the entire occupied region to Azeries whereas other presidents want to give some portion away and keep the rest. Don’t you see any difference?

  38. Levon TP is contradicting himself with his OWN “maximalistic” logo “Baykar Baykar Minchev verch”.
    I used to be a student in Armenia in 1992 and witnessed how Armenia disarrayed into chaos and anarchy, and I believe that was done intentionally to encourage migration with the scope of EMPTYING ARMENIA. This latest statement by LTP also indicates that he had no control in Nagorno Karabakh and no contribution in the Shoushi liberation, which was a pivotal point in the liberation of Artsakh.

  39. ARziv says:

    Say what? You give up smoking before we give our lands back

  40. Hay says:

    Here is photos of Liberated Lands. Watch how beautifull nature we have, fulled with historical heritage of armenians (http://hay.do.am/photo/).

  41. ASALA is PKK says:

    Kill this traitor like the turkish women and children we killed back in the good ol days!

  42. Arthr I says:

    We need an Oswald or a Tehlirian to take care of this dangerous character. Because if the government exhiles him, he will cry foul and political persecution. OSCE, the US STATE Dept., and Radio Liberty along with their puppets at Amnesty International will make sure Armenia is punished worse than it was after the March 1 events. LTP wins no matter what, unless a “crazy” person takes him out. The win-win strategy is yet another example of the masterful maneuvering by the Turks. They always set traps that result in their benefit regardless of whether we walk into the trap or try to walk around it.

  43. Ed says:

    This man is a traitor and a disgrace to our nation! He should be hangd at Freedom Squqre and send live att all tv-channels! What else can you expect from a son of a communist father, assyrian mother and a husband to a jewish woman?

  44. Hripsime says:

    He must be ashaimed because of his betrayal speech but such dirty people who so called politician…

    I do agree with Zograb! Whole world think that it is our fault that Azeri and Turks have problem with us.
    Personally when I was in Germany talk with Turks they directly told me that Armenian statesmen finally will sale Armenia, Aremian women and girls to Turkey and Azerbaijan! You know such dirty politican can make Turkey’s dream come true.
    Mr. Petrosian you do not deserve to be an Armenian.
    At the end I would like to ask you all please read this web site
    http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/596

  45. Kev says:

    This guy must be 1000 x lower that stray DOGS SHAME FOR HIM FOR CARRYING AN ARMENIAN NAME.

  46. mike says:

    meg had haygagan dasnosov geragvi anor jagden ev verch

  47. garbis says:

    der- petrosian is a traitor , can some one tell me why he is living?

  48. Ara says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, LTP has just resigned from ever having any say even REMOTELY in the politics of Armenia.

    This, right in front of us, is his political suicide note.

    R.I.P.

  49. Grish Begian says:

    Either he is foolish or he is fooling Armenians!!

  50. Ando Dovlatyan says:

    Is this guy making a jok out of all we stand for??? WHAT IS HE DOING ON MY LAND, WHY IS HE STILL THERE??? this idiot is actualy acting out of rage becouse he wants more attention, and is being ignored, p.s dear ASPAREZ, pleas update us on the developments of our new Air port ,,, it is going to be a verry vital part of the local economy , of ARTCAX,, and brothers please ignore this cross eyed idiot focuse your energy towrds more important points thnks …

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