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Conversations on Groong: Negotiating for Peace

 

ANN/Groong

October 14, 2022

Guest

     Benyamin Poghosyan

Hosts

     Hovik Manucharyan

     Asbed Bedrossian

Introduction

 

Hello and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong, I’m Asbed Bedrossian, here with Hovik Manucharyan.

 

 

This Conversations on Groong episode came about from our discussion with Benyamin Poghosyan a few days ago during last week’s Week-in-Review.

 

This episode was recorded on Friday, October 14, 2022.

 

 

 

Armenia-Azerbaijan “Peace Negotiations” Tactics and Goals

Overview

Since the end of the 44-day war Benyamin has advised caution to Armenia’s leadership in negotiating for a so-called “peace” with Azerbaijan, and that any final agreement that leaves out Nagorno Karabakh means that ultimately it will be depopulated of Armenians.

Guests


 

Benyamin Poghosyan, is the Chairman of the Yerevan based think tank Center for Political and Economic Strategic Studies,

 

 


Discussion

Benyamin, on Monday we discussed last week's geopolitical issues and something stuck in my mind, so that is why we’re back to discuss this one topic today.

You said that we should try to understand that there's a difference for Azerbaijan between the issue of Karabakh (or Azerbaijan's demands that Armenia forget about Nagorno Karabakh, accept that NK is Azerbaijan, and should be part of Azerbaijan without any status, or zero status), and the establishment of corridors.

The November 2020 agreement created for Armenia an impression that 2 major demands were equally important and imperative for Azerbaijan: the issue of Nagorno Karabakh, and the issue of corridors (through Syunik). And because Armenia lost the war in 2020, it was put in front of a situation of not being able to reject these demands. But that in fact, the negotiation signal to Armenia was that perhaps it had a choice of rejecting one, and possibly to save face.

You note that this is probably just a negotiating, psychological tactic. Discuss:

 

              Goals and Tactics of Azerbaijan’s Negotiations

              How did “Corridors” Become a Thing?

              Russia’s Contributions to the process

              Options and Scenarios Going Forwards

 

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Keywords

 

Benyamin Poghosyan, Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, Artsakh, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Corridors, Borders, Peace Negotiations, Nikol Pashinyan, Ilham Aliyev, Charles Michel, OSCE, Minsk Group, Zangezur, Syunik,