PROFESSOR AT THE GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY MARK N. KATZ: ALTHOUGH NOT EASY, THE US NEEDS TO WORK ON NAGORNO-KARABAKH AND TURKISH-ARMENIA PROBLEMS SIMULTANEOUSLY
April 26 2010
Washington. Isabel Levine – APA. "I believe that it was a mistake not
to invite Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Washington DC during
the Nuclear Summit.
Although not easy, the US needs to work on Nagorno-Karabakh and
Turkish-Armenia problems simultaneously. Otherwise, I fear, neither
will be resolved", told APA’s Washington correspondent American
analyst Mark N. Katz, professor of Government and Politics at the
George Mason University.
According to the analyst the Turkish-Armenian reconciliation process
is integrally linked with the Azeri-Armenian reconciliation process.
Speaking about the recent statement of President Obama on 1915 events,
Mr. Katz mentioned that the US president is trying to placate both
Turkey (through not using the term "genocide"), and Armenia (by using
the Armenian phrase "Meds Yeghern").
"It is now up to the Turkish and Armenian governments to decide
whether they want to move forward and achieve the mutual benefits
that a Turkish-Armenian rapprochement would provide, or whether they
prefer to argue about the past", – he stated.