Roundtable on “Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform” takes place

Roundtable on “Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform” takes place
# 02 December 2008 11:23 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Elnur Mammadli – APA. Atlas research center has organized a roundtable on “Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform” today, APA reports. Head of the center Elkhan Shahinoglu made a speech at the event. He said that Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform was for the first time initiated by ex-president of Turkey Suleyman Demirel late in the 90s. But the initiative was not realized, since the states planned to join the platform did not fully support the proposal. Shahinoglu said later that proposal was forgotten, but the issue was raised again by Turkish Prime Minister after the war between Russia and Georgia. He said Russia’s attitude towards Turkey had changed. He noted that the relations between Armenia and Turkey were coming nearer and said Armenian leadership supported those proposals in words.
“But in actions Armenia has not taken a concrete step in this direction and it does not seem convincing that it will take any steps in the next stage, backtrack on its claims in Nagorno Karabakh issue, the so-called Armenian genocide,” he said.

Spokesman for the Turkey’s embassy in Azerbaijan Cem Ornekol said one of the main targets was stability in the Caucasus. He said points necessary for peace in the region should be found. The diplomat said he believed future of the countries joined the platform would be better and guaranteed. He said the platform’s action directions were projected now.

Head of the “Inam” pluralism center Vahid Gazi noted that the platform could bring certain dividends for Armenia, Russia and Georgia. “What will Azerbaijan benefit from it? It is not expected that Armenia will withdraw its forces from Azerbaijan. Russia agreed with the establishing of such platform because it prefers Turkey than NATO to enter into the Caucasus”.

Political scientist Rasim Musabeyov said generally it was a normal initiative. “I guess that this platform can not achieve solution to the problems in the Caucasus. It is possible only to hold dialogue within the platform. Any concrete steps are unbelievable”.
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