By Ruzanna Stepanian
A senior Republican Party (HHK) member thinks no solution will be found to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem in the next several years.
Galust Sahakian, the leader of the party’s parliamentary faction, told Armenian media on Wednesday that he sees no solution to the Karabakh problem in the coming years, but added: “Some approaches can be formed and certain results can be registered, but I see the ultimate solution no sooner than in 2012.”
“At this point neither the international community nor any country has expectations from us,” Sahakian explained.
After elections, according Sahakian, the newly elected president will need time “to familiarize himself with the problem and get involved in the negotiations.”
Sahakian sees a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem in 2012, as at that time “a change of generation will take place and the next generation will take the power.” And the new generation, according to him, “will be less restrained” and will make “more resolute decisions.”
The same, according to the parliamentarian, concerns Azerbaijan. Sahakian believes the new generation [of leaders] in Azerbaijan will not be “that much interested in Karabakh”, which, he said, will be favorable for the Armenian side.
“This is a natural way,” Sahakian said, adding that it does not mean, however, that the current authorities thus want to shift the burden on the generation to come.
As regards a possible return of lands during the settlement process, the senior HHK representative said: “Our position is: first Karabakh’s status and after that open negotiating processes.”