LOS ANGELES (News.az)—The University of Southern California hosted a seminar Thursday on Azerbaijan’s “Perspective on Politics and Security in the Caucasus” where Consul General Elin Suleymanov presented his government’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenia-Turkey relations, the Azeri Consulate’s press office reported Friday.
According to the Consulate press office, the seminar enjoyed a lively discussion and wide participation of both teachers and students.
Speaking at the seminar alongside Suleymanov, was Robert English, a professor of International Relations at USC, who discussed “the strategic importance of the Caspian region,” speculating on the many reasons why Turkey’s foreign policy was tilting eastward. English also gave an overview of what he believed to be some of the consequences to follow the normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia.
Also discussed was the role of the United States and Russia in the region; the future of regional energy projects and Armenian-Azerbaijani relations over Nagorno Karabakh.
Suleymanov sought to use the forum to advance his government’s agenda to portray Azerbaijan as a victim in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, despite its role as the sole perpetrator of the war.
He said Azerbaijan “seeks to establish peace and stability in the region” and “always holds a policy aimed at integration of the South Caucasus.” Suleymanov lamented the current impasse in the region called for “a complete process” for the “resolution of conflicts and respect for basic human rights.”
He also expressed hope that US policy on the South Caucasus would be based “on the complex settlement of all problems facing the region and not short-term symbolic steps.”