Karabakh con­flict re­mains a core el­e­ment of power strug­gle in Ar­me­nia

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Ac­cord­ing to him, the Ar­me­ni­aAzer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict be­came both Ar­me­nia's for­eign pol­icy prob­lem as well as a do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal tool.

“I don't see a pos­si­bil­ity that Ar­me­nia will change its rhetoric on Karabakh is­sue, be­cause it is a core el­e­ment of the power strug­gle in the coun­try. If a per­son tries to change this di­rec­tion, he can­not see his next day in the govern­ment,” Oz­tarsu said.

Com­ment­ing on the state­ments of Nikol Pashinyan con­cern­ing the Turk­ish-Ar­me­nian re­la­tions, ex­pert said that Ar­me­nia al­ways shows its will­ing­ness to im­prove re­la­tions with Turkey and it is not a new step which was cre­ated by Pashinyan.

“But the only prob­lem is about Ar­me­nian re­quest on [Turkey ab­stain­ing from] the pre­con­di­tion is­sue. So, here we face sev­eral in­de­pen­dent vari­ables such as Turk­ish For­eign Pol­icy and Azer­bai­jani For­eign Pol­icy as well as other re­gional coun­tries' pol­i­tics. It is dif­fi­cult to cal­cu­late all el­e­ments for a short pe­riod,” the ex­pert noted.

Ac­cord­ing to him, open­ing the Turk­ish-Ar­me­nia bor­der at the price of wors­ened re­la­tions with Azer­bai­jan is im­pos­si­ble for to­day, even if, as Ozs­tarsu said, that could lead to the ac­tual nor­mal­iza­tion of re­la­tions.

The con­flict be­tween the two South Cau­ca­sus coun­tries be­gan in 1988 when Ar­me­nia made ter­ri­to­rial claims against Azer­bai­jan. As a re­sult of the en­su­ing war, in 1992 Ar­me­nian armed forces oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan, in­clud­ing the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion and seven sur­round­ing re­gions.

The 1994 cease­fire agree­ment was fol­lowed by peace ne­go­ti­a­tions. Ar­me­nia has not yet im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the sur­round­ing re­gions.

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