SABINE FREIZER: SHIFT OF POWER IN ARMENIA POSITIVE FOR KARABAKH PROCESS

PanARMENIAN.Net
03.06.2008 13:50 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents
is of great importance, according to International Crisis Group Europe
Program Director.

"I am hopeful that the presidents will agree to review the proposals
of OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs", Ms. Sabine Freizer said, adding that
the current situation is too sensitive due to presidential elections
in both countries.

"The Armenian election was accompanied by rallies and mass
discontent. Election is to take place in a few months in
Azerbaijan. Both countries are engaged in internal processes, that
is why I call the situation sensitive," she said.

Assessing the shift of power in Armenia, Ms. Freizer said it would
have a positive impact on the talks.

"I am hopeful that Serzh Sargsyan will take a constructive stand and
will give an impetus to the peaceful process. However, it's premature
to make conclusions before the presidential meeting," she said,
the Azeri Press Agency reports.