By Ruzanna Stepanian
Armenia’s ex-prime minister sees a direct link between the positive evaluation of the recent Armenian elections and the desire of the international community to achieve a Karabakh settlement under the current authorities.
Hrant Bagratian said on Tuesday: “If it is not [Robert] Kocharian, then they’ve made it clear that they would like Kocharian’s successor to be a man who is now within the authorities so that he won’t want to start everything from scratch tomorrow.”
“They don’t need a change within Armenia’s authorities today. Moreover, even economic bodies are ready to say absurd things and utter lies about Armenia, only for its people to calm down and in order to forestall any problem in Armenia’s domestic politics at this moment.”
According to Bagratian, the international community perhaps “would hurry to change the authorities once some document [on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict] is signed.”
The former head of government says Armenia’s current or next authorities, or any political party will not solve the problem while they are in power if they have a chance not to do so. “Because in any case to achieve a solution will mean agreeing to make some unpleasant concessions,” Bagratian concluded.