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Azerbaijan=?UTF-8?B?4oCZ?=s advantage may heighten risk of war – Armenian expert

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

If Azerbaijan is able to gain stronger political support from the international and military community, it may pose rather higher risks of war, the political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told reporters. The Nagorno-Karabakh problem is impossible by means of negotiations, and preserving the present situation is the best thing that can be sought now.“The preventive measures Armenia is taking suggest that there is no threat of war at least in the foreseeable future. At present, the best hope is to somehow defuse tension,” Mr Melik-Shahnazaryan said.Last year’s processes showed that the negotiations reached a stalemate.“There are no grounds for seeing any positive process in the negotiations. At present, both the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides, and even the mediators, are trying to lay the responsibility for the failure on each other,” the expert said.With respect to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s New Year message, Mr Melik-Shahnazaryan voiced the opin ion that the Azerbaijani leader is thus trying to “adapt his society to the complication of a warlike situation.”“Building up tension somehow causes Azerbaijan’s society to unite round the authorities. Aliyev will try to create permanent tension over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – at least until the presidential election thereby diverting public attention from more serious domestic political problems,” Mr Melik-Shahnazaryan said.On the other hand, the expert believes that rather interesting developments should be expected this year, the presidential election in Armenia and Azerbaijan being the reason. 

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