YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–In press briefing Tuesday, Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Director Giro Manoyan said that he did not expect much progress in the Karabakh peace process until Azerbaijan and the US hold presidential elections.
"Azerbaijan will not demonstrate political will. Also, the United States, one of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, is on the brink of its own presidential election. It makes no sense to expect progress until new administrations are formed," said Manoyan.
"It’s natural however that the mediators will work for the continuation of talks irrelative of election processes," he added.
Armenia’should put an end to Azerbaijan’s bellicose statemen’s, according to him.
"The February presidential election damaged Armenia’s international image. Meanwhile possible violations in Azerbaijan will be overlooked due to the country’s oil resources. But it doesn’t mean that the Karabakh problem will be resolved in favor of Azerbaijan," Manoyan told reporters.
Manoyan also added that the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s pledges to recognize the Armenian Genocide are more convincing than any other previous candidate’s statemen’s on the matter.
Obama restated his commitment to US recognition of the Armenian Genocide in a June 16 letter to ANCA Chairman Kenneth Hachikian.
"Although it’s hard to guarantee anything in politics, unlike the former candidates, Obama states this not only as a presidential hopeful but also as a Senator," Manoyan said.
According to Manoyan, campaign advisors for the presidential candidates of both US political parties were in Turkey on June 2, where they told a conference organized by the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD) and the Brookings Institute that Turkey would need a plan B in the likelihood the US Congress passes a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide under a new administration.
Manoyan also said that Obama has signaled that he will be more in favor of a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabkh Conflict based on fair principles.
But nothing new can be expected in the conflict settlement process until the presidential elections in Azerbaijan and the United States, Manoyan stated.