BAKU: Azerbaijan’s Political Experts Comment On Diplomatic Pressure


July 29 2009

Azerbaijani political scientists say the discussion of two issues on
the Nagorno-Karabakh at the 64th UN General Assembly is a continuation
of the diplomatic pressure on Armenia.

"Discussions will be useful as a means of exerting pressure on
Armenia. After the recent discussions at the UN on the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict, Armenia’s mood is not the same. It feels isolated," political
expert Rasim Musabayov said.

He said continuation of the diplomatic pressure on Armenia is too
important for Azerbaijan. "Although the UN resolutions will not make
Armenia liberate the occupied territories, it will constantly feel
such pressure," Musabayov said.

The 64th UN General Assembly will debate two issues on the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Political expert Zardusht Alizade said discussions on the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the UN General Assembly is a positive

"But discussions are not enough to solve the problem. The discussions
must be accompanied by effective measures to build army, peaceful
diplomacy and effective information war. These measures should be
implemented in its entirety. The most important of these is to continue
to build a democratic society in Azerbaijan capable to solve problems
of all citizens," Alizade said.

He said the steps taken towards the restoration of Azerbaijan’s
territorial integrity yield fruits. "If the problem cannot be
solved by means of pressure, at least it is constantly debated in
society. Aggressor Armenia always feels Azerbaijan’s intensification
on the diplomatic arena," Alizade said.

Regarding non-fulfillment of four UN resolutions on the conflict,
the political expert said the force is necessary to implement the
provisions of those resolutions. "Without force, these resolutions
are only political in nature. Their implementation is not obligatory,"
Alizade said.

Political expert Vafa Guluzadeh does not expect progress after the
UN discussions on the Nagorno-Karabakh to resolve the issue. "The
UN four resolutions on this issue remain on paper. Even after the
discussions UN takes any decision, no steps will be taken to implement
it," Guluzade said.

He believes Armenia is a Russian "province" and does not exist as
the state. "As the UN fears Russia, it does not pass decisions on
this country. Therefore, we should wait," the political analyst said.