Armenia’s Recognition of Karabakh Not Enough to Check Azeri Aggression, Says Rustamian

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Armenia’s recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is not enough to curb Azerbaijan’s bellicose ambitions to attack the republic, ARF Supreme Council of Armenia Representative Armen Rustamian said Monday in an interview with Armenian World.

“In order to have sufficient guarantees, it is first of all necessary for Armenia and Karabakh to simultaneously announce their intention to form a military-political alliance,” Rustamian said, adding that this would enable Armenia to officially declare itself the guarantor of Karabakh’s independence and security.

According to Rustamian, who is also the chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, the recognition of Karabakh’sindependence depends on three factors.

“First, the recognition process must originate from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic,” he said, noting, however, that the process must be coordinated with the Republic of Armenia.

The recognition of Karabakh’s Independence must also serve to strengthen Armenia’s position at the negotiating table with Azerbaijan, he added as a second criterion for the unrecognized republic’s eventual recognition.

The recognition of Karabakh must also serve to strengthen the country’s ability to prevent Azerbaijani aggression, Rustamian noted.

According to ARF Bureau Member Vahan Hovannesian, Yerevan’s recogntion of karabakh should be accompanied by recognition from the international community as well.

In an interview with Yerkir Media on Tuesday, Hovannesian stressed that it is not enough to have only a few interested states recognize Karabakh.

Armenia’s Foreign Ministry, he said, must actively work toward securing Karabakh’s recognition by the international community.

According to Rustamian, the recognition of Kosovar independence has set a precedent for settlement of territorial conflicts on the principle of a people’s right to self-determination rather than on the principle of territorial integrity.

“Meanwhile the recent developmen’s in Georgia have clearly demonstrated that hot-headed politicians using force to settle conflicts, only create new tensions in an already fragile geopolitical atmosphere,” he stressed.


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