Matthew Bryza: statement about Nagorno-Karabakh belonging to Armenia is puzzling

Matthew Bryza: statement about Nagorno-Karabakh belonging to Armenia is puzzling

Serzh Sargsyan’s statement that Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Armenia is puzzling, as it is in contradiction with the Yerevan authoritie's position on this issue, former US Assistant Secretary for the South Caucasus, ex-ambassador to Azerbaijan, Director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Tallinn, Matthew Bryza, said in an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza.

‘‘Sargsyan's statement is surprising to me, as it is contrary to the official position of Armenia that Armenia has stuck to for a long period of time, which is that there is an independent ‘Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh’ and its ‘citizens’ elected their own leader. It manages its own economic and legal spheres, but Armenia does not recognize it diplomatically or legally," the expert said.

"It's hard to say why President Sargsyan made this statement. Maybe the government has abruptly changed its policy. But such a change would cause great disappointment to many people in Nagorno-Karabakh, especially for the current political leaders in the region,’’ Matthew Bryza said.

Recall that in recent days Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan made a statement about Armenian ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions that are occupied by Armenian military forces. The announcement was made during the sixth meeting of the State Commission for the coordination of events of the centennial of the Armenian genocide. "When I say Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of it, which is among the most militarized areas of the planet," the Armenian President said.