Armenian President sets his face against peace talks

Press Release: Following the latest bout of ferocious fighting between the Azerbaijani army and Armenian armed forces that took place between in early April, it was the Azerbaijani side that called a unilateral ceasefire. This was despite the fact that they had achieved considerable success, reclaiming three key strategic heights that had been used by the illegal Armenian military occupiers to shell Azerbaijani civilian targets – including camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.

Once the fighting had died down, it was again the Azerbaijani side that suggested upon talks which would prevent a further outbreak of outright hostilities and might lead to a long-term solution, based on the accepted tenets of international law.

However, in an interview given to the Bloomberg news agency, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan set his face against talks and a negotiated settlement. He described it is as “unreasonable” to expect the Armenian side to participate in such talks, instead saying that the Armenian side would be “engaging in war here to try to settle the conflict.”

Lionel Zetter, Director, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) said: “The latest outbreak of fighting graphically illustrated how many casualties can be inflicted in a short space of time by modern military equipment. It is a great shame that the Armenian side refuses to accept the idea of talks aimed at diffusing the immediate situation that would lead to a long-term negotiated solution. As Sir Winston Churchill famously said ‘jaw-jaw is always better than war-war’.”