No Need Of Iranian Mediation In Karabakh Peace Process: Expert

April 21 2010

"Iran’s mediation in Nagorno-Karabakh peace process is not of
any benefit to us," Deputy Director of the Noravank Research and
Education Foundation, Iranian studies expert Sevak Sarukhanyan told
journalists April 21. "I do not think that Iran should be involved
in the Karabakh process as a mediator, as the OSCE Minsk Group is
the optimal negotiating format for Armenia, and getting rid of OSCE
MG is of no benefit to Armenia," he said.

Azerbaijan welcomed the possibility of Iran’s mediation in the process,
but such mediation is not advisable for Armenia, as it will serve
as a precedent-Baku may later offer Turkey to act as mediator in the
negotiation process, the expert stated.

Referring to Turkey’s possible mediation in the Iran-West relations,
Sarukhanyan said that Iran does not need mediation, but can agree
to it in the hope of "diluting" the negotiations with the West and
complicate them.

As regards the sanctions against Iran, the expert said the sanctions
will not refer to gas and oil fields, as the West is not yet ready
to stop importing Iranian oil. In this respect, possible sanctions
will not affect the Armenian-Iranian energy cooperation.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS