"NKR Problem Is Disregarded By International Community," Political S


Noyan Tapan
March 14, 2008

YEREVAN, MARCH 14, NOYAN TAPAN. The fact that the State Duma of
the Russian Federation did not mention the Republic of Nagorno
Karabakh during the March 13 discussion concerning the states not
recognized by the CIS means that the Nagorno Karabakh problem is
disregarded by big states. This viewpoint was expressed by political
scientist Levon Melik-Shahnazarian at the press conference, which
was held on March 14. In his words, in order to keep this problem
in the center of attention of the international community, Armenia
should take "drastic and resolute steps" and speak with international
structures in their own language, that is to say, according to Levon
Melik-Shahnazarian, it should be consistent so as those structures
implement the resolutions passed by themselves. In addition to this,
in his conviction, a monitoring of diplomatic corpus work of Armenia
concerning the Nagorno Karabakh problem should be conducted.

The Armenian diplomacy, according to Levon Melik-Shahnazarian,
should put the stress on the fact that the Republic of Nagorno
Karabakh has come ouf of the structure of the Soviet Union and not
Azerbaijan. According to the political scientist, the Republic of
Nagorno Karabakh was within the limits of Azerbaijan in the years
of the Soviet Union, however, not in the structure of Azerbaijan:
soviet and not Azerbaijani laws were exercised in Karabakh then. The
second important fact, according to Levon Melik-Shahnazarian, is
that the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, at present, has an elected
authority. "Artsakh is a self-contained state in economic, military
and demographical terms, in difference to Kosovo, the leader of which
is making use of the service of NATO’s troops, not having his own
military feasibilities," Levon Melik-Shahnazarian said.

Touching upon the issue of the recognition of the independence of
Kosovo by Armenia, he mentioned that, in any case, Yerevan should
take into consideration that Kosovo is a territory seized from a
people by force, as Nakhijevan from Armenians.