Moskovsiye Novosti: Armenia’s ex-president sees chance for Russia to settle Karabakh conflict

Moskovsiye Novosti: Armenia’s ex-president sees chance for Russia to settle Karabakh conflict

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Armenia’s ex-president and current opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan believes there is a chance Russia will be able to broker a solution to the longstanding Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

In a recent interview with the Russian Moskovskie Novosti newspaper presented in full today Ter-Petrosyan, in particular, said: “I have a feeling that the West is not making sufficient efforts to address this problem, as it is not a priority for it… On the one hand, it puts off the solution, but on the other hand, it creates an opportunity for Russia to be more active in this issue.”

“Initiative in solving the Karabakh problem is passing over to Russia, which has a chance [to succeed in settling the conflict]. I’m sure that the West will not be against the issue being solved the way that the parties to the conflict agree on… But if this process does not bring about a quick success, then a war is possible. Azerbaijan will simply run out of patience. Armenia will never initiate the war whoever its president is. If a war breaks out, it will be solely on Azerbaijan’s initiative. And the most dangerous thing is that no one can check Azerbaijan,” said Ter-Petrosyan.

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will hold another round of talks hosted by their Russian counterpart in Kazan on June 24. International mediators as well as both negotiating parties themselves have been cautiously optimistic about the possibility of achieving a breakthrough in the protracted talks regarding the future of Nagorno-Karabakh.

(The full interview in Russian is available here: http://www.mn.ru/newspaper_zoom/20110623/302712754.html)