KARABAKH ISSUE WILL NOT BE SETTLED IN NEAR FUTURE

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| 16:14:55 | 03-09-2005 | Politics |

This the opinion of political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan,
interview with whom is presented below.

-No serious changes are taking place in the Karabakh
settlement. However the Minsk process that has been inactive since 1999
is being restores. As a matter of fact it is a positive step, however
it has nothing in common with the Karabakh conflict settlement, which
entirely depends on the will of the Azeri and Armenian Presidents.

-Does Armenia have will?

- Presently there is no ground for real negotiations. Today
expectations are contrary. Azerbaijan wishes to deport Armenians from
Karabakh, Armenia presses for Karabakh's independence. The Minsk Group
is trying to achieved so-called "obliged peace". However I think the
parties are not ready for compromise yet.

-They say that the legitimacy of Robert Kocharian and Ilham Aliyev
should be used by the international community in the process of
imposing peace. Your comments, please.

-No, it's not so. First of all no "obliged peace" is not observed
for the near future. Second, let's take Islam Karimov or Alexander
Lukashenko. Thus the issue of legitimacy is not political but inner
political.