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    Armenia's intervention in South Ossetia crisis to damage national interests

    Hayots Ashkharh, Yerevan
    30 Jul 04

    Text of Vardan Grigoryan's report by Armenian newspaper Hayots Ashkharh
    on 30 July headlined "Games of strangers, our interests are different"

    In the whole post-Soviet area, beginning from the Dniestr Republic to
    Nagornyy Karabakh, political, economic and even military pressure on
    unrecognized republics is growing day by day. In such conditions, some
    people are trying again to deepen cooperation between South Ossetia,
    Abkhazia, the Dniestr Republic and Nagornyy Karabakh, which started in
    the 1990s, and even to lend it a military angle.

    This could explain the recent statement by the leader of South
    Ossetia, Eduard Kokoiti, who said that the aforesaid four republics
    have made an arrangement to assist each other, including in the
    military sphere. Undoubtedly, one can understand the aspiration of the
    South Ossetian leader, in conditions of growing pressure from Georgia,
    to increase by as many as possible the number of countries and peoples
    that would be ready to support South Ossetia. Today it may be
    absolutely realistic that for instance, the peoples of the
    northwestern Caucasus and Abkhazia might support South Ossetia if the
    settlement to the conflict turns into a military confrontation again.

    But we think that it is not so serious to speak about Nagornyy
    Karabakh's possible intervention in the Georgian-Ossetian
    conflict. The time of international brigades passed a long time
    ago. The time has also passed when it was possible to use the forces
    of foreign communities living in unrecognized post-Soviet countries
    for their own purpose. In this sense, the recent statement of Georgian
    Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili in Yerevan that in some way, the
    settlement to the Abkhaz issue is connected with Armenia as well
    should be taken into account and at the same time, regarded as
    unacceptable. Undoubtedly, Armenia has some influence on its
    compatriots living in Abkhazia, but it cannot use them as a tool for
    turning the situation to Georgia's advantage in the Georgia-Abkhazia
    conflict. This is as dangerous as Nagornyy Karabakh's intervention in
    the Georgian-Ossetian conflict. And the point is not about promoting
    or damaging Armenian-Georgian relations. The point is that today the
    interests of unrecognized republics are becoming an integral part of
    the general interests of the main nation that lives there. That is to
    say, the interests of Nagornyy Karabakh are closely connected with the
    Armenian nation, as integration into Armenia meets national
    interests. Finally, in the modern world, the state which represents a
    certain nation in the world expresses its national interests. So,
    irrespective of whether the Armenian nation presents its interests to
    the world community by means of one or two states, it is no longer
    possible to separate them from each other. And today the national
    interests of Armenia, i.e. of Nagornyy Karabakh require not support
    for any party in the Georgian-Ossetian or Georgian-Abkhaz conflicts,
    but the promotion of their peaceful settlement as soon as
    possible. This could explain the recent efforts of the Armenian party
    directed at bringing together the positions of Georgia and Russia on
    lifting the blockade of the railway via Abkhazia and on ensuring the
    return of Georgian refugees. Such a position is the only expedient
    solution that stems from the current situation, irrespective of the
    extent to which such a mission softens disagreements between the two
    countries and prevents a possible clash between Tbilisi and Sukhumi.

    As for Nagornyy Karabakh's participation in the bloc of unrecognized
    republics, Armenia's direct or indirect (with the help of the Abkhaz
    Armenians) intervention in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict is
    tantamount to destroying our national interests or even to
    disregarding them.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress