RSC COMMENTARY ON KARABAKH PEACE PROCESS

RSC COMMENTARY ON KARABAKH PEACE PROCESS

In the second installment of a multi-part interview with the “168Zham” newspaper, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian commented on the state of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and challenges to Armenian national security. 

In the Armenian-language interview, Giragosian noted that Azerbaijan’s failure to implement three promises made during the May and June Armenian-Azerbaijani presidential summits in Vienna and St. Petersburg “seriously impede the outlook for diplomacy and make it clear that Armenia has no partner for peace.” Those three pledges by Azerbaijan, concerning the restoration of the 1994 ceasefire agreement, the establishment of an “incident investigation mechanism” focusing on ceasefire violations, and an expansion of the OSCE ceasefire monitoring mission, have yet to be fulfilled and only underline the absence of the most basic confidence-building measures.

He also noted that the April 2016 Azerbaijani offensive revealed the “severity and significance of corruption in the Armenian defense procurement sector represented an egregious and unacceptable elevated threat to Armenian national security.” The interview also focused on Armenian-Russian relations and the outlook for a deepening of trade and economic relations with Iran.

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