Karabagh Negotiations Progressing Says Kocharian but Must Include MKR Representatives

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Mountainous Karabagh conflict are intensifying–and could lead to a final resolution–according to Armenian president Robert Kocharian.

Kocharian’s statemen’s were published in an interview to the independent semi-weekly Russian language newspaper Golos Armenii–based in Yerevan–Armenia.

Kocharian also insisted that officials from Mountainous Karabagh Republic partake in negotiations that are led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Azerbaijan–however–has refused to negotiate with the regional leaders.

"The negotiating process is becoming more intensive–and there is slight hope for results," Kocharian said. "As long as no practical solution to the Mountainous Karabagh problem has been found–people will keep saying the negotiating process is at a dead end." Kocharian also stressed that similar conflicts can not be settled quickly.

Speaking on other issue–the Armenian president dismissed claims that there exist scenarios in Armenia’similar to those that sparked the Georgian and Ukrainian revolutions.

"The best guarantee of stability is an efficient and energetic government and a targeted and balanced foreign policy," Kocharian said. "If the government is sluggish–there will always be someone who could try to seize power; if there are a lot of angry people–this someone could lean on them; and if the government stands on the way of someone powerful–these attempts will gain support from abroad. All the three factors worked in Georgia and Ukraine," Kocharian said.

He stressed that there is no strong opposition in Armenia right now. "The higher the opposition’s level–the higher the standards society wants the government to comply with. A weak opposition corrupts the government and produces apathy in society; I–therefore–favor of a strong opposition."


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