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25 May, 2007

“Since the collapse of the USSR it has become impossible to understand the role of the NATO,” said Jirair Liparityan, the Adviser to the RoA First President on economic issues, during the discussion “NATO and South Caucasus”, initiated by the “Agreement” Center.

According to Jirair Liparityan, the NATO is rather a tool for the United States than a military-political structure. The political elite of the United States is in uncertainty over its vision of the world: hegemony of the United States or a multi-pole world. “The United States does not know what relations it will have with Russia, China, India, Iran, the Near East and Europe. Today the USA faces serious problems as Russia, China and India change their roles. The USA is a stimulus for the NATO,” Jirair Liparityan says.

The USA locates anti-missile equipment in Poland and in the Czech Republic without the NATO. “This means that the USA neglects the NATO.”

“The USA faces a dilemma; to support democratic values or dictatorship in security issues? The discord around Iraq comes to prove that the country is unable to face future challenges and solve its further problems.”

After recalling the conflict between Turkey and Greece when Turkey united with Cyprus and the NATO was unable to solve the conflict, Liparityan raised a question, “Is the NATO capable of solving South Caucasian and Armenian issues? The NATO is a pill and like any medicine it is only useful for some organisms,” Liparityan said.

David Shahnazaryan, the Director of the Agreement Centre partially shared Liparityan's opinion. South Caucasus conflicts are determined by the fact that the regional countries are polarized. Georgia strives to be engaged in the NATO and intensify its relations with the NATO. Azerbaijan has also declared about its intention to affiliate to the NATO, Shahnazaryan says.

Jirair Liparityan says today Armenia is isolated, and is of no international interest. And according to Jirair Liparityan, the reason is that the Armenian state has become weaker and has lost all the alternatives. The reason for weakening is, according to Liparityan, that the country today does not solve the important issues it has with its neighbors and inside the country. And not going to NATO is not a way out, Jirair Liparityan says.

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.



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