Christopher Gan: "Double standards" hinder Karabakh conflict settlement

Christopher Gan: "Double standards" hinder Karabakh conflict settlement

One-sided presentation of tragic events of 1915 in Turkey and the essence of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a typical example of "double standards" in historical science and modern politics, American professor Christopher Gan said, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza on the sidelines of the International Forum of the Caucasus Studies at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

According to him, "double standards" are regularly used in cases when it's geopolitically advantageous to use Christian-Muslim theme. 

"One of the problems that I want scientific community to understan is that because of 'double standards', the events of 1915 break out of the historical context. I believe we see the same thing with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.The Karabakh events quickly developed in the framework of broader Armenian issue, or rather Armenia's strengthening efforts, which were unsuccessful in the global context. Right now 'double standards' remain one of the obstacles for the the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement," he stressed.

"I'm researching Armenian terrorism, and the last part of my research is dedicated to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It's a complex issue for the US. The thing is that everyone recognizes that Armenia occupies a number of Azerbaijan's regions, international laws are on Azerbaijan's side, but American participation in this conflict is ambiguous. I'm studying how the United States provide economic and financial assistance to the occupation regime at unofficial level, as well as the role of Armenian diaspora in covering the conflict in the US," professor said.

At the same time, according to him, current US President Donald Trump wants to cooperate with the South Caucasus. "I think that close work with Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan is in the US priorities. The United States are definitely interested in improving relations with these three countries and cooperating with them. But we understand that the Caucasus is a complex region and there are other powerful powers besides the United States that have their own interests in this region," he concluded.

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