By Giving Karabakh Lands to Azerbaijan, Conflict Would Have Ended in ’97, Says 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.