“Ethnic Armenian separatists, with Armenia’s support, continued to control most of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and seven surrounding Azerbaijani territories,” runs the U.S. State Department report 2011 on the state of human rights in Armenia.
The impression is that Hillary Clinton is either unaware of the negotiations on Karabakh and the U.S. position or this statement was copy-pasted or appeared there by someone’s initiative.
It is the same as to state that the American separatists continue to control the British territories and the adjacent states. However, it is not the most important thing. Most probably, Mrs. Clinton forgot that the United States is a co-chair of the Minsk Group and the United States has announced for a great deal of times that Karabakh’s status will be identified by way of peace talks. In other words, the United States did not think that belonging to Azerbaijan is a final status.
Were Karabakh an Azerbaijani territory, no talks would be conducted. The United States and the other states would simply force Armenia to return Karabakh and that’s it. Let them kill and displace all the “separatists” and return the territory to Azerbaijan. This would be real protection of human rights. Besides, Mrs. Clinton has forgotten that the agency she heads has made efforts not to allow the Armenian-Turkish relations be linked with the settlement of the Karabakh issue so that the Armenian “separatists” continue to “control” Karabakh.
Generally, what is the point of reminding about this issue in the report on human rights? After all, it could not mention it at all or do like Freedom House which evaluates the state of human rights in Karabakh in a separate article. Even though Freedom House considers Karabakh non-free, at least it recognizes that people live there, and their rights must be protected.
The Armenian MFA must make a statement and show that a position announced beforehand casts doubt on the impartiality of the United States as a mediator. The U.S. department of state may announce later that the sentence appeared in the report by a technical accident. It is necessary to find out who asked Mrs. Clinton to incorporate this point in the report which has nothing to do with human rights. The impression is that Clinton does not know that her country’s Congress intends to boost assistance from 2 to 5 million dollars. By the way, when she was secretary of state, the U.S. assistance was cut from 10 to 2 million dollars.
Perhaps she does not know that Rhode Island called the president and the Congress to recognize the independence of Karabakh and the right of its people to democracy.
There are similar statements in a lot of documents and the international community does not hide that the end of negotiations recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Every document with reference to similar documents, including in the summit of NATO, recognizes the basic right to self-determination.
It is good Mrs. Clinton is tired and wants to leave politics.