Yerevan must think about changing format of talks on Karabakh

PanARMENIAN.Net - "There will be no serious moves in the issue of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement: the results of the meeting between Armenian and Azeri Presidents, as well as slump of optimism with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs are good reasons for that," Director of "Hay Dat" office and head of ARF "Dashnaktsutyun's" political issues department Giro Manoyan stated to a press conference in Yerevan June 12. He said, the reason of the standstill is the unavoidable change of power in the results of presidential elections in Nagorno Karabakh, USA, Armenia and Azerbaijan. "At the talks Azerbaijan has a tendency to refuse from previously reached agreements, and the presidential elections in the United States will result in fall of interest by that country in the settlement of the conflict," Manoyan underlined, adding that the U.S. will be busy with his domestic issues and will not be able to influence on Azerbaijan. The ARFD member noted that Armenia must use this period for strengthening its positions. According to G. Manoyan particularly Armenia must put the issue of settling territories on the state level, carry out a purposeful foreign policy.

"Yerevan must think about changing the format of talks on Karabakh, namely, to include Nagorno Karabakh in the process of conflict settlement. It doesn't worth to begin negations from the very beginning after presidential elections in Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is necessary to make it clear for Baku that in this case Stepanakert will also be included in the process of talks," Giro Manoyan underscored, adding that the new President of Nagorno Karabakh can make such a statement himself. Presidential elections in Nagorno Karabakh are scheduled for July 19, 2007, IA Regnum reports.
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