The subject of Karabakh is absent from the negotiation processes

The subject of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) is totally absent from the negotiation process. Armenia’s second president, Robert Kocharyan, said so during a press conference on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, all my concerns, which I expressed in this same room during our previous meeting, seem to be coming true. [Armenian] the authorities are simply not taking any action to correct the situation in this regard.

In my opinion, the subject of Artsakh is completely absent from the negotiation processes – and not only in Brussels. We are talking about the normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations.

The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict concerned Artsakh. I have no idea how these relations can be normalized without certainty and a shared vision regarding the settlement of the Karabakh problem. Therefore, if there is progress here, then one can conclude that there is an agreement on the Karabakh issue, either with or without silence,” Kocharyan said.

According to him, the fact that the Republic of Artsakh, self-determination and sovereignty have completely disappeared from the vocabulary of Armenian officials indicates that we have a serious problem here.

“Azerbaijan says ‘the Karabakh issue is settled, we have nothing to discuss Karabakh with you.’ As far as I know, Armenia does not oppose this approach. In fact, if this continues, the future negotiation process will have the following format: Baku, Stepanakert and, to some extent, Moscow. I will propose to our analysts and journalists assess the consequences of this format.

The [Armenian] the authorities have somehow adapted to this situation. Of course, in their statements they talk about self-determination, sovereignty, republic, but in other conversations the subject is a little different. The path to self-justification is: “What shall we do now?” Armenia has washed its hands [of Artsakh]we will find a way out to keep people here, and it is not possible to do this without cooperation with Azerbaijan.

Recently, the Karabakh government has also done this with great diligence. Dependence on Baku has only increased during this period,” he said.

According to Kocharyan, the fact that a gas pipeline was not built with the new road between Armenia and Artsakh, the electric poles were not moved and the communication cable remained on the old road, is so addictive that Azerbaijan can create a desperate situation for the people of Karabakh anytime, anytime it wants.

“And for the Karabakh authorities, this will be another explanation for the need to cooperate with Azerbaijan.

The greatest danger is the dismantling of state institutions in Karabakh. I think they will try to go there too. I find it difficult to say now which path they will choose technically. According to my impression, the next step will be in this direction, and the people of Karabakh, the authorities of Karabakh – with the support of Armenia – should fight against this in the first place.

According to all the polls, 95% of our people do not represent Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, but they still do not fight it. Either they are not sincere in their answers during these polls, or they still believe in the assurances of the [Armenian] authorities,” stressed the second Armenian president.

Jessica C. Bell