June 2 2011

YEREVAN. - The Armenian authorities were in a very difficult situation
in the Karabakh negotiation process, when it is necessary to take
decisive steps towards domestic political and social crisis in Armenia,
David Shahnazaryan, a member of the oppositional Armenian National
Congress (ANC), told a press conference on Thursday.

According to him, the conflicting parties have already exhausted the
limit of the period of delay, and are now forced to take drastic steps
to resolve the problem. Shahnazaryan noted that the U.S., Russian
and French presidents stated it clearly in the recent statement of
the OSCE Minsk Group.

"The international community intends no longer to give time to parties
to resolve the Karabakh conflict, since this problem has posed a
threat not only to regional but also global security," he noted.

According to him, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will sign
a document on Karabakh conflict resolution soon, and if not in Kazan,
then at the next meeting of the presidents. He considered it early to
speak of the document's content, but predicted that after the signing
of this document, the sides will begin work on a final agreement on
the conflict settlement.

He did not rule out the possibility that at this stage the parties
may negotiate deployment of international peacekeepers in the conflict
zone. Shahnazaryan stressed that the adoption of the final document on
Karabakh conflict resolution will be painful for both sides. According
to the expert, the positions of all three co-chairs of the Minsk
Group are closer than ever in the whole period of negotiations on
the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict since early 1990s.

Referring to Stepanakert's possible participation in the negotiations,
Shahnazaryan said that Armenia's second president Robert Kocharyan
"wasted the advantage of the Armenian side in the negotiation process
and used it following personal benefits."

"The incumbent leadership of Armenia faces more complicated situation
at the negotiating. Perhaps this issue will be solved after the snap
elections in Armenia," the ANC member concluded.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress