Ex­pert: Changes in Ar­me­nia’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem aim to de­lay peace process on Karabakh

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

All the on­go­ing events to change the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem of Ar­me­nia have only one goal – to de­lay the ne­go­ti­a­tion process on set­tle­ment of Ar­me­nian-Azer­bai­jani Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, former Am­bas­sador Namig Aliyev said dur­ing dis­cus­sions of the Baku Net­work ex­pert coun­cil on April 19.

He, to­gether with the head of Baku Net­work, PhD Elkhan Alas­garov, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Azer Has­rat and po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist Sahil Is­gan­darov dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion against the back­ground of the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Ar­me­nia, as well as ways of re­solv­ing the Ar­me­ni­anAzer­bai­jani Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

“The Ar­me­nian side thinks that de­lay­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tion process is the only so­lu­tion to the cur­rent im­passe, and the change of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in the coun­try nat­u­rally leads to pro­lon­ga­tion of ne­go­ti­a­tions,” Namig Aliyev noted.

He em­pha­sized that the for­eign pol­icy mea­sures im­ple­mented by Azerbaijan and its lead­er­ship are aimed at re­solv­ing the NagornoKarabakh con­flict and this is bear­ing fruit. “The coun­try's po­si­tion in this con­flict is more and more sup­ported by other coun­tries,” Aliyev said.

The tran­si­tion from pres­i­den­tial to a par­lia­men­tary po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in Ar­me­nia en­vis­ages that the Prime Min­is­ter will be­come the ac­tual leader of the coun­try, and pow­ers of the Pres­i­dent will re­duce. Many ob­servers be­lieve that the con­sti­tu­tional changes in Ar­me­nia were im­ple­mented not for the fur­ther de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion of the coun­try, but to ex­tend the rule of the cur­rent Pres­i­dent Serzh Sargsyan.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sions, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Azer Has­rat said that par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Ar­me­nia and the cre­ation of a new po­lit­i­cal sys­tem will not lead to sig­nif­i­cant changes in this coun­try’s pol­icy.

The ex­pert noted that this coun­try, ev­ery cit­i­zen of which wants to leave abroad as quickly as pos­si­ble, has no fu­ture. “If the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of this coun­try doesn't change, then noth­ing good will hap­pen there in the next ten or twenty years.”

In ad­di­tion, po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist Sahil Is­gan­darov noted that the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in Ar­me­nia has changed only on pa­per af­ter the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, but in fact, the same peo­ple as be­fore con­tinue to rule the coun­try.

“New forces should join the po­lit­i­cal elite of Ar­me­nia – other­wise, no sig­nif­i­cant progress in the devel­op­ment of this coun­try should be ex­pected,” the ex­pert stressed.

The con­tin­u­ing ag­gres­sion of Ar­me­nia against Azerbaijan, its ter­ri­to­rial claims pose se­ri­ous ob­sta­cles both to the devel­op­ment of Ar­me­nia it­self and for the ex­pan­sion of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion. This pol­icy of the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties do not al­low the coun­try to join any re­gional project.

Head of the Baku Net­work Elkhan Alas­garov in turn noted that thanks to the suc­cess­ful for­eign pol­icy, Azerbaijan's im­age on the world stage con­tin­ues to grow, in con­trast to Ar­me­nia.

“The re­sults of the Global Baku Fo­rum in March this year and the par­tic­i­pa­tion of about 40 cur­rent and former heads of state and prime min­is­ters showed that Azerbaijan is far ahead of Ar­me­nia in terms of for­eign pol­icy,” said Alas­garov adding that the tri­umph of Azerbaijan's for­eign pol­icy is ob­vi­ous.

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