Arzu Nagiyev: "Nationalism will remain the main idea of new Yerevan"

There were several important events that occurred in the South Caucasus over the past few days: a year has passed since the beginning of April clashes for Karabakh, parliamentary elections were held in Armenia on the same day, and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Baku the next day. The deputy director general of MIA ‘Trend’, political scientist, Arzu Nagiyev, discussed these events and how they are connected in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.

- What are the main results of clashes for Karabakh that happened on April 2-5, 2016?

- One of the highlights of four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh was an unprecedented rise in the morale of Azerbaijanis. After the escalation many people have realized that the myth of invincibility of the Armenian army, which was created over the years, has been dispelled. It became clear that the problem can be resolved through military means, and most importantly, that Azerbaijan can force the aggressor to sit down at the negotiating table. In addition, the fact that citizens supported the army so much showed how Azerbaijan cares for every soldier. Soldiers also realized that the entire country is behind them.

- What can you say about recent parliamentary elections in Armenia, held on the anniversary of April clashes?

- During the election campaign, the authorities have once again used the Karabakh problem to ensure their victory. Karabakh was their trump card. It's no coincidence that the elections were scheduled exactly on the anniversary of above mentioned clashes. I believe that the results don't mean that this is the choice of Armenians, because President Serzh Sargsyan's party, the supporters of military and political protraction of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, actually won. The fact that "Dashnaktsutyun" party was elected to the parliament shows that nationalism will be the main part of Armenian authorities' policy. Humanism has faded into the background.

If we connect both events on April 2, 2016 and 2017, it becomes clear that status quo in the Karabakh issue will continue for a long time after these elections, since the parliament is full of those who aren't interested in resolution of this crisis. At the same time, Armenian authorities understand that Azerbaijan will never agree to the creation of second Armenian state on its territory, and I think this is the main result of April events.

- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Baku this week. During the meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev he once again confirmed the commitment of Kazakh authorities to the implementation of four resolutions of the UN Security Council on the de-occupation of Azerbaijani territories. How Baku assesses Kazakhstan's position?

- Kazakhstan is one of those states that have always supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Any participation of Kazakhstan in the peace negotiations and its support for Azerbaijan are of great importance for us. Today Astana is a platform of international negotiations, in particular negotiations on the Syrian crisis settlement. So Azerbaijan benefits every time Kazakhstan expresses its opinion on Nagorno-Karabakh as the CSTO representative. Within the CSTO framework Astana can influence Yerevan politically and make Russia and other CSTO member countries do the same.

- How important was this visit for the Azerbaijani-Kazakh relationship?

- First of all, presidents discussed the Caspian issue, after all, we all are united by the economic issues of the Caspian Sea, where we're implementing joint projects, including through the North-South international transport corridor. Baku International Sea Trade Port will later become a large transport hub, which Kazakhstan will be able to use to export its goods to Europe. In addition, both countries represent the Turkic world, and we support each other here. Again, it's important that Kazakhstan, the CSTO member, constantly supports Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Overall, today Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are partners, so Nursultan Nazarbayev's visit was of great importance for us.

4285 views


More Azerbaijan News

Azerbaijani boxers aim for the gold at Islamic games

Azerbaijani boxers aim for the gold at Islamic games

Sport facilities of the upcoming IV Islamic Games were presented in Baku today. Among them - Baku Crystal Hall, which will host boxing and volleyball events.  All facilities for competitions, trainings, accommodation of judges, …

OIC: Mehriban Aliyeva#039s appointment First VP of Azerbaijan great symbol of women empowerment

OIC: Mehriban Aliyeva's appointment First VP of Azerbaijan great symbol of women empowerment

Appointment of Mehriban Aliyeva as the first vice-president of Azerbaijan is a major step forward and a great symbol in promoting the empowerment of women, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) …

Mammadyarov leaves for Lithuania

Mammadyarov leaves for Lithuania

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has left for an official visit to Lithuania, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's press service said. Within the framework of the visit, Mammadyarov will meet with his …

Guns Continue to Speak Louder than Diplomats in Nagorno-Karabakh

Guns Continue to Speak Louder than Diplomats in Nagorno-Karabakh

One year has passed since the “Four-Day War” – an unprecedented escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenian lobby in Europe

Armenian lobby in Europe

What does Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, do?

Olga Rostropovich to Vestnik Kavkaza: extraordinary meetings await guests of Baku festival

Olga Rostropovich to Vestnik Kavkaza: extraordinary meetings await guests of Baku festival

I am very glad and happy that the city where my father was born gave us the opportunity to hold the 9th International Music Festival dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, the daughter of the legendary musician Olga Rostropovich …

AURA rhythmic gymnastics open chionship held in Baku

AURA rhythmic gymnastics open championship held in Baku

AURA rhythmic gymnastics open championship was held in Baku today in the START sports and entertainment complex. 60 young gymnasts have participated in the competition. …

Weather to get worse in Azerbaijan

Weather to get worse in Azerbaijan

There will be a snowfall in Azerbaijan tomorrow, country's National Department of Hydrometeorology reported. The air temperature on Absheron peninsula at night will reach 8-11, while in the daytime - 14-17 degrees. As for Baku, the …

Baku to host 1st Azerbaijani-Arab business forum

Baku to host 1st Azerbaijani-Arab business forum

Baku will host the first Azerbaijani-Arab business forum in October, said Elshan Rahimov, chairman of the “Cooperation of Azerbaijan and Arab countries” Public Association, AzerNews reported. Rahimov made …

Azerbaijan’s SOCAR boosts oil, gas output in Caspian Sea

Azerbaijan’s SOCAR boosts oil, gas output in Caspian Sea

Azerbaijan’s state-run oil company SOCAR will produce another 43,800 tons of oil and around 3.65 million cubic meters (129 million cubic feet) of gas per year after it commissioned a new well on the Guneshli offshore field. As …

more Azerbaijan News