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Romanian Sociologist: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a threat to security in the Caucasus

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London, April 30, AZERTAC 

Romanian sociologist, who graduated from a UK university and worked as a teacher in Azerbaijan Teodora Pantu has said the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a threat to security in the Caucasus as she was interviewed by AZERTAC`s London-based correspondent.

“I was very saddened to hear that there was an escalation of the conflict again. I have a strong emotional attachment to Azerbaijan, it is really like my second home, so I always follow the news. I came to Azerbaijan as a teacher and I keep in touch with all my students.” “Now, they are 18, 19, and I see them on Facebook always posting messages asking for peace. I have never heard an Azeri person saying that they wanted conflict. Never!”

She said: “Sometimes when I read international news on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it feels like they portray it as a game: shots were fired, both sides claim to have inflicted damage on the other, and both sides deny having suffered casualties. But this conflict is a tinderbox! It is very unfortunate that there has not been any real dialogue for years.”

“The EU issues statements that always sound the same: please de-escalate the conflict, respect the cease fire, we hate to see loss of life and so on.”

“I think the international community should do more. Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a threat to security in the Caucasus and to whole Europe as well. I very much in hope that this conflict will end in a peaceful way and both nations will be in friendly neighborhood relations,” Pantu added.

Orkhan Ismayilov

Special Correspondent

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