A heated political debate in Armenia over a joint statement by US President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicholas Sarkozy about the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process has overshadowed preparations for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s July 4-5 visit to Yerevan.
Many Armenian politicians appear convinced that Clinton’s upcoming visit is a “formality” that will not have any serious impact on relations between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey – the prime focus for Clinton’s trip. By contrast, the June 26 statement, issued at the G8 summit in Muskoka, Canada, is considered by some to be “crucial.”
In the statement, the three presidents, whose countries mediate talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Karabakh, urged Yerevan and Baku to “take the next step and complete the work” on the main principles of the proposed settlement for the 22-year-long Karabakh conflict.
At first glance, such a statement may appear routine. The controversy hinges on the proposed principles for settling the conflict as described in the statement.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.