18:09 | May 30,2014 | Politics

It is nonsense; a deputy chairman of the Republican Party of Armenia
(HHK) said when commenting on Azerbaijani President Ilham Ilyev's
statement that Armenia should side with the Eurasian Economic Union
(EaU) without Nagorno-Karabakh.

"Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are one united country," said Armen

The Republican official is convinced that Armenian will do everything
for its accession to the EaU and will finally join the economic union
in 2015.

Earlier, Ilham Aliyev wrote a letter to presidents of three countries,
which was read out by Kazakhstan's president at the Supreme Eurasian
Economic Council's meeting on Thursday. In the letter, Aliyev ruled out
the possibility of Karabakh's membership in the common economic area.

"And who is Aliyev to write such a letter to the heads of other
countries?" said HHK lawmaker Manvel Badeyan. "No matter how many
letters Aliyev writes and [Kazakhstan's President] Norsultan Nazarbaev
reads... Similarly, the Ukraine's president can write a letter to
Nazarbaev on the issue of Crimea but Russia will remain indifferent
to it."

The Minister of Diaspora, Hranush Hakobyan, says Serzh Sargsyan was
aware of Aliyev's letter: the minister knows Armenia's enemies very
well. She also knows that Karabakh is not Diaspora for Armenians,
it is our homeland.

Head of the Heritage faction Ruben Hakobyan advises looking for those
guilty for the letter in Armenia. "It [the letter] emerged in the
result of our foreign policy."

While the lawmaker cannot say whether Armenian will reconsider
its membership with the EaU or not [because of the letter], he is
convinced that Kazakhstan will not leave the letter unanswered. "At
least, they will demand that Karabakh should not join any structure
Armenia is a member of."

Mr Hakobyan says if international forces neglect Artsakh, Armenia
should decide on its future steps.

Commenting on the infamous letter, Aram Manukyan, Secretary of the
Armenian National Congress (HAK), said, "Serzh Sargsyan has appeared
in an awkward situation. He was ashamed like a pupil who had not
learned his lessons. Therefore, Serzh Sargsyan had better take the
most important step in his life and resign."

Naira Zohrabyan, Secretary of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK),
invites Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian to the National Assembly
'to tell the lawmakers the story of the letter.' "Why should the
president of the host country - Nazarbaev - read out Aliyev's letter?

Not only did he cite Aliyev's words, but he also urged the
participants of the Astana-hosted summit not to annoy the president
of Azerbaijan. Who should respect the interests of our country if
Nazarbaev announces that the Union reflects the interests of its
three founding countries? I wonder where we are going and why..."