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PRESIDENT OF ARMENIA COMMENTING ON RECENT EVENTS IN SOUTH OSSETIA (Armenia siding with Russia)
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Posted on 08/22/2008 3:59:03 AM PDT by kronos77

President of Armenia Serge Sakisian on his meeting with the Defense Ministers and the Secretary General of CSTO stated that issues of national self-determination must be solved on the basis of people's free will,

"Today, we are strongly concerned over the crisis in South Ossetia. This is a humanitarian disaster, which needs to be overcome quickly. In these circumstances, we welcome the joint initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy - the six-step plan of how overcoming the present situation and to attain long-term peaceful resolution," the Armenian President said.

Mr. Sarkisian added that the tragic events in South Ossetia had shown that such conflicts, if not solved according to the free will of the nations, result in ethnic separatism and violation of the international humanitarian law.

"We have repeatedly pointed to the dangers of the unprecedented efforts of some countries of the region to build up their military capacities in an attempt to solve the existing conflicts," Sargsian said.

Armenia is ready to provide its territory as a humanitarian corridor. "We are also ready to provide humanitarian assistance," Serge Sarkisian stated said


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: armenia; geopolitics; georgia; ossetia; russia; southossetia

1 posted on 08/22/2008 3:59:03 AM PDT by kronos77
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Ter-Petrosian Blames Georgia For Conflict With Russia By Emil Danielyan Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian has issued a blanket endorsement of Russia’s military campaign in neighboring Georgia, saying that it saved the population of South Ossetia from “genocide.” He also said that Armenia’s government is right to maintain a “positive neutrality” in the conflict which is threatening to trigger a new “cold war” between Russia and the West. “Nobody can dispute the fact that Georgia provoked the war in order to eliminate the [breakaway] republic of South Ossetia,” Ter-Petrosian said in an interview with the A1Plus.am news service posted late Wednesday. “Nobody can also dispute the fact that with its resolute intervention Russia saved the South Ossetian people from genocide. Had the Russian assistance arrived even six hours late, South Ossetia would not have existed today.” Ter-Petrosian claimed at the same time that the Georgian government planned to “deport,” rather than “annihilate,” the region’s mostly Ossetian population. “[Georgian President Mikheil] Saakashvili could not fail to realize that an annihilation would not be forgiven by the international community, whereas a deportation could be tolerated in one way or another,” he said. Thousands of Russian troops backed up by many tanks and armored vehicles dashed into South Ossetia through a mountain tunnel on August 8 just hours after the Georgian army attempted to restore Tbilisi’s control over the region. They went on to occupy large swathes of territory in Georgia proper, forcing tens of thousands of Georgians to flee their homes and effectively paralyzing the country’s economic life. Russia’s counteroffensive has been condemned as disproportionate by the United States and the European Union. Ter-Petrosian, who served as Armenia’s first president from 1991-1998, dismissed the Western criticism. “I don’t know of a single case in world history where a big power’s riposte to a challenge against it was proportionate,” he said. Echoing Moscow’s highly negative attitude towards the pro-Western government in Tbilisi, Ter-Petrosian went on to blame Saakashvili for the “national catastrophe” facing Georgia and predicted that Georgians could soon revolt against their president. “I have no doubts that none other the Georgian people will hold their government answerable for all this in the near future,” he said. The remarks are extraordinary for a man who was known for his pro-Western leanings throughout his presidency and whose political allies repeatedly accused his successor Robert Kocharian of turning Armenia into a Russian “outpost” in the South Caucasus. Ter-Petrosian also won acclaim in the West for his conciliatory views on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenia’s relations with Turkey. The 63-year-old ex-president has consistently asserted his pro-Russian credentials ever since staging a dramatic political comeback a year ago. He has rejected any parallels between his bid to return to power on the back of a popular movement and the Western-backed “color revolutions” in Georgia and other ex-Soviet states that were opposed by Russia. Ter-Petrosian reportedly met Russian leaders during a confidential visit to Moscow in the run-up to Armenia’s February 19 presidential election. Ter-Petrosian lambasted Western powers and commended the Kremlin during his massive post-election demonstrations in Yerevan. He reiterated the harsh criticism at a July news conference, alleging that “the West is not interested in having a legitimate and strong government in Armenia.” While unequivocally backing the Russian military intervention in Georgia, the opposition leader made clear that he essentially agrees with the Armenian government’s neutral stance in the Georgian-Russian war. “In this sense, there is no reason to be unhappy with the position of Armenia’s authorities,” he said. Still, Ter-Petrosian added that the administration of President Serzh Sarkisian should “draw lessons” from a conflict that has seriously complicated Armenia’s transport communication with the outside world. The most important lesson, according to him, is that Armenia must not be heavily dependent on Georgia in carrying out its foreign trade. “That must force [the authorities] to take positive steps to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and settle Turkish-Armenian relations,” he said.
2 posted on 08/22/2008 4:02:44 AM PDT by kronos77 (Kosovo is Serbian Jerusalem. No Serbia without Kosovo.)
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Hardly surprising. Russia is controlling Armenias military and has substantial troop numbers based in Armenia. Infact Russia is doing the “border security” job for Armenia. Armenia, to confuse matters, is however also (token) member of the Coalition in Iraq. They have I think a platoon in Iraq.


3 posted on 08/22/2008 4:03:59 AM PDT by SolidWood (God Bless Georgia and grant them victory over Russia!)
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“Armenia siding with Russia”

Sounds more to me like they’re walking a tightrope.


4 posted on 08/22/2008 4:08:06 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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“Armenia siding with Russia”

“Sounds more to me like they’re walking a tightrope.”

Precisely as I read it as well.


5 posted on 08/22/2008 4:16:44 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Say Obama were "Pinky", Then who is "The Brain"?)
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I know very little about Armenia. Were they in conflict with Russia in the 90es?


6 posted on 08/22/2008 4:18:08 AM PDT by kronos77 (Kosovo is Serbian Jerusalem. No Serbia without Kosovo.)
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Not really in conflict, but for what it is worth Armenia was the first Caucasian republic to break away from the Soviet Union. The 1990’s were dominated by the bloody war with Azerbaijan. Their main issues are relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan. Russia equips and advises Armenia’s military and has several thousand troops in Armenia based, yet Armenia also has contingents serving with NATO forces in Kosovo and Iraq. They also had negotiations with NATO, so I think it’s going to be very interesting with Armenias dance between Russia and USA/NATO.


7 posted on 08/22/2008 4:26:08 AM PDT by SolidWood (God Bless Georgia and grant them victory over Russia!)
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No, actually with Azerbaijan and that reference to building army is actually directed to Azerbaijan and not Georgia. But they are fools - Georgia is the ONLY corridor they have of contact with outter world - must be very stupid to be siding so openly with Russia... but then again, read the statement by president, he’s just playing game of pleasing russians and tryig not to upset Georgians - he can always say I meant Azerbaijan.


8 posted on 08/22/2008 4:27:44 AM PDT by Lasha
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All of a sudden every small Republic bordering the new and improved USSR is Finland.The Finns know how to tiptoe past a sleeping lioness.
9 posted on 08/22/2008 4:38:59 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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(Armenia siding with Russia)

Please eat me last?

10 posted on 08/22/2008 5:00:20 AM PDT by arthurus
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Paragraphs would make this readable.

sorry


11 posted on 08/22/2008 5:54:43 AM PDT by dbacks (Should we really elect a man that would not be allowed to be an airport baggage screener?)
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