Turkey’s Recognition of Karabakh Will Promote Peace, Says Official

Karabakh Foreign Ministry adviser Ruben Zargarian

STEPANAKERT—Turkey’s recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and establishing of diplomatic relations would promote peace and greatly contribute to the conflict resolution process, said advisor to the Karabakh Foreign Ministry, Ruben Zargarian on Wednesday.

Zargarian was speaking at a conference entitled “The Turkish Factor in the Middle East and in the Post-Soviet Space” at the the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies in Moscow. The event was aimed to achieve a scientific and practical understanding of Turkey’s policies in the Greater Caucasus region and in the territory of the former Soviet Union within the context of Russia’s national security.

Zargarian’s presentation focused on the confrontational policy of official Ankara toward Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. He said that it would be more beneficial for Turkey to to replace its anti-Karabakh and anti-Armenian policy with one that fosters cooperation with Karabakh and Armenia.

Zargarian outlined that certain Turkish political analysts have stated that Turkey has realized that Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s independence is irreversible. Zargaryan recommended that as an organic next step Turkey should fully recognize the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and establish diplomatic relations with it, which would contribute to progress in the conflict resolution issue and would bolster confidence in the region.

Zargarian’s presentation, entitled “Nagorno Karabakh and Russia in Integration Projects and Turkey’s Position on the Karabakh Conflict,” also touched on possible participation by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Russia in integration projects within Eastern Mediterranean Neo-Byzantine Civilization.

He also stressed that the formation of the Karabakh Government was one of the systemic factors of stability and development in the region.

More than 60 experts and journalists participated in the round-table discussions; 13 of them also delivered reports during the conference, which issues of international security in a regional context: Turkey and the Greater Middle East; the domestic factors of instability in the Turkish state; the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh were discussed. Also, highlighted were the prospects of integration projects in the Caucasus with the participation of Russia, Turkey and other countries in the region; the religious and public-political influence of Turkey in the post-Soviet reality and in Turkic-populated regions of Russia.

Zargarian’s presentation was well received by the experts assembled at the conference.


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  1. MGL said:

    What a great suggestion “Turkey’s Recognition of Karabakh Will Promote Peace”. It will give Turkey chance to become part of the civilized world.

  2. txamard said:

    By the way, there can NEVER be peace with Turks. We want to live in peace, they don’t: because they want their Turan. We lost Western Armenia, Nakhichevan and other historical parts of our homeland but they are not even willing to give up a small chunk still inhabited by Armenians, i.e. Artsakh.

    Because they don’t want peace. They are racist imperialists and they want to wipe us off the map.

    Sad but true!!!

  3. Shant Melkonian said:

    I admire Mr. Zagarian’s bold and ironic thrust, I honestly do. But can Mr. Zagarian answer this:

    Has the Republic of Armenia recognized the independence of ARTSAKH and officially declared it as a part Armenia’s sovereign statehood? It’s been what, 18 years?

    WHY NOT? What is Armenia waiting for? Blessings from the U.S.? Why is Armenia so worried about stepping on someone’s toes, when all around her everyone is doing the same!??!??!

    • Avery said:

      Recognition of Artsakh by RoA will be worth exactly zilch – as far the rest of the world is concerned. Not only there is no benefit, it will bring a lot of unnecessary complications and headaches.

      What is it that people think recognition by Armenia will give Artsakh that it does not already have ?

      And Armenia is smart to be prudent: “A man’s got to know his limitations”.
      RoA is no superpower.

    • Դրօ said:

      You can’t just do whatever you want in international relations. You have to be smart and tactful. If Armenia had rushed to recognize Artsakh as a sovereign state, then she would’ve lost all credibility in the international arena and would even be seen as an expansionist state. It also would not have guaranteed the recognition of Artsakh by other states. Here’s a perfect example; look what happened when Turkey invaded and occupied Northern Cyprus and immediately recognized it as a sovereign state. It backfired on them big time. And till this day, no country recognizes Northern Cyprus besides Turkey, not even Azerbaijan. Thanks to the Armenian government’s careful considerations, the people of Artsakh are in a MUCH better position than the Turks occupying Northern Cyprus.

  4. Alex Postallian said:

    What is he talking about.Karabakh is between Armenia and Azerbajan,NOT turkey,No wonder they cant solve the problem,lets go reaaaal sloooow.turkey,HAS NO BUSINESS IN THE SETTLEMENT.Who gave her condition to get involved,NOBODY.It really proves how the turkies(gooble,gooble) can be so STUPID.