POLITICS


Armenia’s diplomatic misadventures

Baku, December 25, AZERTAC

After inflicted heavy defeat in the 2nd Karabakh war, Armenia is now desperately in search of a diplomatic comfort zone in terms of new allies and partnerships. In this regard, the most recently tripartite EU-mediated meeting of European Council President Charles Michel with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was held in Brussels and the worsening situation at borders drastically got calm down. Afterwards, the release of Armenian soldiers was highly appreciated by the international community. During the last month, even Russian President Vladimir Putin facilitated same kind of meeting and defused the tensions between two countries.

Now while attending the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Saudi Arabia the Armenian President Armen Vardani Sarkissian spoke with reporter of Arab news and tried to mislead the regional audiences about strategic trilateral partnership of Azerbaijan-Pakistan and Turkey and termed it religious bloc against his native country Armenia. Sarkissian distorted his own country historic shameful deeds against innocent people of Azerbaijan and self-portrayed Armenia as real victim of aggression, genocide and infiltration from Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Thus he intentionally twisted the hard facts which are full of bloodily massacres, genocides, discrimination and last but not least socio-economic marginalization, political isolation and geostrategic exploitation against helpless people of Azerbaijan for centuries.

While playing for the press gallery Sarkissian showed his intentions to have diplomatic ties/relations with Pakistan which appeared to be a diplomatic misadventure and also held Pakistan and Turkey for his country historic defeat in the 2nd Karabakh war during which Azerbaijan successfully liberated its illegally occupied areas of fascist Armenia after 30 years.

Armenian President Sargsyan blamed Pakistan’s open and ideological support for the Azerbaijani-Turkish axis, and said that joint military drills with the Azerbaijani side further complicated the situation which is totally false, fake, and fictional and only the act of self-inserted and self-defined parameters of diplomacy. He urged that Pakistan should not be ignored. He wished to have a dialogue with Pakistan even having good and deep ties with India.

While contacting reliable diplomatic sources in Pakistan it is evident that policy makers do not have any plan to start any kind of diplomatic negotiation with Armenia.

He even specifically mentioned statement of Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay of last week indicating re-approachment with Armenia in coordination with Azerbaijan which according to him at advanced stage. Moreover, he bluffed that even if Turkey were ready for the normalization of relations with Armenia.

On the other hand, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey are strategic partners. Diplomatic relations among Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey are based on mutual respect, sharing unique commonalities of historical, religious and political nature. After the establishment of the formal diplomatic relations, there was no looking back and ties grew at a steady pace and the sky is the limit for their socio-economic integration, better political understanding and greater regional connectivity and 2nd Karabakh war witnessed close liaison among three strategic partners i.e. Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkey in terms of diplomatic, political, social and economic support.

Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey have cultural, social, religious and civilizational ties for centuries. Right from the beginning, the governments and the successive political leaderships of these countries have been keen to further develop and consolidate the bond of friendship and brotherhood. These countries share commonality of opinion on different regional and international issues and supported each other on challenges faced. Turkish and Azerbaijan always supported Pakistan on just cause of Kashmir which is permanent and a regional balancing act.

Azerbaijan has been an active member of OIC Contact Group on Kashmir.

Bilateral relations among these countries are constantly on the move, trade and economic ties have already been given new dimensions and most recently signed Shusha Declaration further strengthened scope, utility and strategic orientation of bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Exchange of visits of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistani leaders as well as the other high level delegations have played a pivotal role in cementing their socio-economic integration, greater regional cooperation and the last but not the least energy cooperation. The active participation of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Turkey in the recently held OIC meeting in Islamabad vividly reflects close liaison among the three brotherly countries.

These countries have meaningful MOUs and agreements in political, economic, strategic, social, humanitarian, cultural and other sectors that were signed during these visits formed a solid legislative base. Further increasing of military cooperation among these countries has developed a new “strategic dimension” to their relationships which would be game-changer in the days to come.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remained the bleeding wound for the Republic of Azerbaijan which remained a looming security threat to the whole region of South Caucasus. Azerbaijan’s successive leaders and people have been striving hard to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia which shows its firm belief in diplomacy and dialogue and ultimately Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev succeeded to liberate all the illegally occupied areas from Armenia.

Armenia has been conducting the policy of ethnic cleansing against people of Azerbaijan in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other regions of Azerbaijan. Khojaly genocide was an ethnic cleansing of Armenian forces against innocent people of Azerbaijan. It was an act of barbarism and naked use of military power but it could not produce any dint to the spirits of Azerbaijanis and ultimately all areas have now been liberated.

According to many research reports due to the Karabakh conflict more than 890 Azerbaijani cities, villages and settlements, 102 thousand dwelling houses, 7000 public buildings, 695 healthcare facilities, 693 secondary schools, 927 libraries, 310 industrial and building enterprises, 464 historical monuments and museums, 6 state theaters and concert studios had been completely destroyed in the occupied territories.

Armenia completely destroyed historical and architectural monuments 1200, looted museums 27, indulged in illegal export of valuable items 100,000, demolished religious monuments 152, ruined mosques 62, burnt books 4,600,000, devastated libraries/ Holy Quran and rare Islamic manuscripts 927. Thus, Armenia “the mosque destroyer” cannot be friend of any Muslim country.

Pakistan still does not recognize Armenia as an independent state because of its enmity with Azerbaijan state. In this connection, time and again Pakistan’s Parliament, Senate and the standing committee on foreign affairs have been demonstrated solidarity with the government and people of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It has been condemning the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and the genocide committed by Armenian armed forces in the past. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and even Djibouti did not establish diplomatic relations with aggressor Armenia because of previously illegal occupation of Azerbaijani territories.

Pakistan reaffirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders. In the past, as principal stance it demanded implementation of resolutions of the UN Security council and the UN General assembly on immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and called upon the international community and international organizations to urge Armenia for the implementation of these decisions. It supported the efforts of the Republic of Azerbaijan to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means.

To conclude it seems that Middle East is once again passing through a new face of Arab Spring in which most of the norms of diplomacy, international engagements and nature of socio-economic, geopolitical and geostrategic reconciliation has been intentionally compromised to honor contract of the century. Israel does not have good diplomatic ties with Armenia and always supported Azerbaijan.

Dr. Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

Director: Geopolitics/Economics Member Board of Experts, CGSS

Regional expert: Azerbaijan, CIS

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