SABINA FREIZER: "LEADERSHIP OF AZERBAIJAN SHOULD STOP CONVINCING ITS PEOPLE OF POSSIBLE VICTORY IN THE WAR AND RETURN OF NAGORNO GARABAGH IN THE RESULT OF BLITZKRIEG"
24 December 2007 [12:45]
"If Armenia and Azerbaijan wish to avoid the war, the leaders of
these two countries will have to undertake the responsibility
to convince their peoples of the advantages of compromise. The
leadership of Azerbaijan should stop convincing its people of possible
victory in the war and return of Nagorno Garabagh in the result
of blitzkrieg. Armenian powers, in turn, should stop celebrating
victory and insisting that preservation of occupied territories around
Nagorno garabagh is a key necessity for provision of state security",
Sabina Freizer, manager of program of International Crisis Group for
She considers that the real resolution of Nagorno Garabagh conflict
will be possible only if Armenian troops are withdrawn from all the
occupied regions, surrounding Nagorno Garabagh, Azerbaijani IDPs
are back to their homes, and Garabagh Armenians and Azerbaijanis
are able to live together peacefully. Only then will mutual trust
and reconciliation allow the two nations to find solution for their
common problems and to restore multinational civil society.
"It will take time, but it is important that the governments of
Armenia and Azerbaijan be able to start striving for breakthrough in
the negotiation process right now", she noted.