LOS ANGELES–“Resolving Nagorno-Karabakh is the key to unlocking Turkish-Armenian relations,” said Phillip Gordon during a July 3, 2009 meeting with 27 European Union political directors, as reported in a confidential cable released by Wikileaks and emanating from Stockholm on July 9 of the same year.
According to the same document, Gordon also saw the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as an important step toward facilitating regional energy supplies.
“The Russians have been reasonably productive on this account, but it is unclear whether they are just going through the motions or are seriously engaged, particularly as a Nagorno-Karabakh solution would facilitate a Southern Corridor gas route,” Phillips said in the cable.
In response, according to the cable, EU Council Secretariat Director General Robert Cooper expressed doubts about Russia’s motivations about the Karabakh conflict.
“Cooper asserted that if the Russians really wanted to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh, they would have done so already,” Gordon reported in the cable.
When WikiLeaks began posting the US diplomatic cables on November 29, several documents from both Ankara and Baku signaled that both countries were, in fact, preconditioning the opening of the Turkey-Armenia border with the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
During the protocols process, State Department officials were quoted publicly as denouncing any preconditions in the protocols process, yet these documents, posted Sunday on the WikiLeaks site, suggest that behind closed doors, high-level State Department officials were advising European allies that a resolution to the conflict was key to the Turkey-Armenia issue.
In another confidential cable, dated October 10, 2008, from the US Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Amb. Tatiana Gfoeller reports on a meeting with the British Prince Andrew, who among other information revealed that he met with Azeri president Ilham Aliyev.
According to the cable, Prince Andrew told the ambassador that “Aliyev had received a letter from President Medvedev telling him that if Azerbaijan supported the designation of the Bolshevik artificial famine in Ukraine as ‘genocide’ at the United Nations, ‘then you can forget about seeing Nagorno-Karabakh ever again.’”
The WikiLeaks cables are also shedding light on the double-standards with which the US government has treated Azerbaijan.
An article published Monday by the German Der Spiegel—one of four news outlets that received the trove of 250,000-plus cables from WikiLeaks—and entitled “Boys and Their Toys: The US Befriends Azerbaijan’s Corrupt Elite,” details high-level US officials’ relations and dealings, among them then Vice-President Dick Cheney, with the most corrupt of Azeri officials.
Read the Der Spiegel article here.