Deterrent or Provocation?: Lawmakers say NKR recognition won’t stop Azeri aggression

Armen Maritrosyan, Khosrov Harutyunyan (right) / Photo: Photolure

The recognition of Nagorno Karabakh’s independence will not restrain Azerbaijan’s aggression, Republican faction MP Khosrov Harutyunyan, chairman of the Christian Democrat Party, told media Friday.

“Now, as long as there is an opportunity to continue the negotiation process, the recognition of NKR’s independence would make the negotiations useless, so there isn’t a problem of  recognition yet,” he said, adding that keeping this issue on the agenda, on the contrary, is a good card for a containment of Azerbaijan’s venture.

“Azerbaijan should realize that if it unleashes hostilities after the recognition of Karabakh, and does not reach any progress, they will have to start the negotiation process from completely other points, which will be undesirable for them,” he said.

Harutyunyan also added that recognition is a process that could happen at any time, depending on external factors. This chance has not been excluded by President Serzh Sargsyan in his recent speech.

“Besides, it will not happen without discussing [the matter] with our main partners and military allies,” he said.

Opposition Heritage party representative Armen Maritrosyan, who was present at the press conference, agreed that the recognition of Karabakh is not a way to restrain Azerbaijan’s aggression.

“War can be restrained not by the recognition of Artsakh (an alternative name for Karabakh preferred by many Armenians), but with balancing of forces. That is, in this case, Azerbaijan, which exceeds Armenia by military power, will be the first to attack, and our task is to have proper armor,” said Martirosyan.

Martirosyan said that at the moment the recognition process will not take place, and the legislative initiative procedure may not reach the voting stage.