YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The political crisis in Armenia is being fueled artificially–Boris Arushanian–head of the foreign relations commission–Karabakh parliament–and Grigory Hayrapetian–leader of Karabakh’s most influential political organization–representative of the Artsakh Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–said in a Noyan Tapan interview. The internal political situation that emerged in Armenia in the wake of the killings on October 27 had little impact on the internal political situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic that went through power crisis as recently as June 1999.
The political situation in Karabakh–according to Arushanian–is stable and there are no reasons to anticipate instability in the future. It is also reassuring that Armenia’s political line-up has not changed and that there are no essential differences between the President of Armenia and the executive power. As for the Karabakh settlement–Arushanian said–there is no political force in Armenia’s political scene that opposes the government’s policies. The fact that Karabakh has its own authorities and that Karabakh has not yet delivered its last word is very often disregarded. True–Karabakh largely depends on Armenia–but not politically. The key problem for Karabakh today concerns rather the economic situation which largely depends on the situation in Armenia. Commenting on the alleged "Karabakh trail" in the terrorist act of October 27–Arushanian said this theory was groundless since he believes that the matter has nothing to do with the Karabakh problem. He urged all not to yield to provocation as the case is still under investigation.
Grigory Hayrapetian–representing the Artsakh Committee of the ARF–said that the Artsakh Committee had held a series of meetings focusing on the current situation in Armenia arriving at the conclusion that there is no political crisis in Armenia–even though the new government is widely believed to have been formed under some pressure. The ARF representative believes that tensions are being provoked on purpose and the alleged "Karabakh trail" in the case of the arrested terrorists is a good example of that. Hayrapetian is convinced that the Commander-in-Chief of the Karabakh Army–Samvel Babayan–has no relation to what is going on–and that "our people and our state must properly evaluate the events and not to try to trigger tensions on this account."
The major threat to Karabakh–according to Hayrapetian–is not military or political–but rather economic. The republic lacks new economic mentality–everything is being done according to outdated patterns–through acquaintances and available connections–or by appealing to the Diaspora and Armenia for help.