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Books on Armenia

Update No: 339 - (25/06/10)

The game is different
There is no doubt that the Israeli assault on the Turkish-led aid flottilla to Gaza, aiming to break the blockade thereof, has changed Middle Eastern politics forever. It was, as Tallyrand said of Napoleon's murder of the Duc d'Enghein in 1804, a complete innocent in European politics at the time, worse than a crime; it was a collosal blunder.

The US right has become vociferously angry. They are – despite their visceral anti-semitism – even more viscerally anti-Arab and pro-Israel. Altogether a contradiction – but then is that not what human beings are?

They rate the Jews – not so the Arabs. Nor it would appear ultimately the Turks – a great mistake in both cases.

The people they are now blaming the whole contretemps on is the Turks – of all the absurdities. The prime victims, nine of whom died in the violence, are the ultimate culprits in this scenario. The Turks at least in the 2Oth century, started the craze for genocide and ethnic cleansing by themselves of the Armenians in 1915-6, by the Germans of the Jews and the Gypsies in the course of the Second World War, by the Congolese of their numerous enemies and now by the Kyrgyz of the Uzbeks!

When, or even will it ever end?
A definitive resolution of the Armenian – Azeri conflict?

As it so happens at this critical hour, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is shortly due to visit Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. He is a humane man, horrified at the bloodshed spilled in these conflicts.

He may be submitting a plan on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to his Armenian counterpart. According to the alleged plan, Armenia would free Azerbaijan’s occupied Agdam, Fuzuli and Kalbajar regions as a first step. They constitute part of the corridor to Nagorrno-Karabakh, the Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan.

It is not clear whether such a plan exists or how Azerbaijan will react to it. One can only say that this option would be extremely beneficial for Russian diplomatic brokerage. The main point is that lately President Medvedev has been making great efforts to increase his credibility within the country and abroad.

It is somewhat easier to realize foreign policy plans than domestic ones. It is extremely important for him regardless of whether he plans to run for president in 2012 or not. So, it is very important for Dmitry Medvedev to put significant influence on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict also in terms of domestic policy and because of the strong Azerbaijani diaspora in Russia and Armenian diaspora there too?Also, and not least, because of the reaction of the world community.

Russia does have an opportunity to put pressure on Armenia since the country depends on Russia in all areas including in energy and security spheres.

One should take into consideration that Armenia will never agree to free even three regions on its own. They were captured illegally and contrary to international law. They are not recognized by any state. Armenia will not leave them easily. Armenia may in fact in return want Azerbaijan to reject its right to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan will never accept an agreement on liberation of three regions at an initial stage since Baku will never agree to give up the remaining regions and Nagorno-Karabakh at least due to the fact that Azerbaijan’s plight is much better today to resist making any concessions.

There is internal political stability in Azerbaijan. It has faster economic development rates than Armenia and even Russia. As a strong state, Azerbaijan will never make territorial concessions. unless they see a clear advantage.

Armenia may also ask for the opening of the border with Turkey as a reciprocal step.

This is possible. But it involves a number of other issues, such as recognition of "genocide". Moreover, if the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia takes place with Turkey's involvement, it will increase Ankara’s role in this conflict and the region as a whole, which, in turn, does not meet Russia’s interests.

Moscow tries to show that Ankara is its partner and even a friend, but we must remember that Turkey has become a strong, independent and ambitious player in the region over the past years. One may be sure that if Russia succeeded in brokering an agreement that would satisfy both parties, as well as its own perceived interests, it would play the key role in the region.


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