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December 3, 2010

ACNIS DIRECTOR PARTICIPATES IN BRUSSELS REGIONAL FORUM AND BRIEFS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STAFF

Yerevan—The Director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS), Richard Giragosian, participated in a regional forum entitled, “Turkey, Armenia & Azerbaijan: Looking to the Future,” organized by the European Policy Center on December 2 in Brussels.  He also provided a closed briefing on regional developments for the staff of the European Parliament on December 3, focusing on recent developments in economic and political reform, as well as assessing the military balance of power in the South Caucasus.

In his presentation, Giragosian stressed “the inadmissibility of any attempt to impose an artificial linkage between Armenian-Turkey diplomacy and the Nagorno Karabagh issue” and noted that “the main obstacle to the Karabagh peace process remained Azerbaijan’s threats of war and its pattern of aggressive attacks against defensive positions in Karabagh.”  The ACNIS director also cited “Azerbaijan as the number one threat to regional security and stability,” and warned that Azerbaijan was “pursuing a dangerous and reckless policy that was only resulting in greater instability in the region, which may even spark a war by accident.”

During his visit to Brussels, Giragosian also provided a closed briefing on regional developments for the staff of the European Parliament, focusing on recent developments in economic and political reform, as well as assessing the military balance of power in the South Caucasus.  He specifically cited a series of new arms sales and weapons procurement by Azerbaijan over the past several months, which included reported new purchases of offensive weapons from Bosnia, Israel, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine, among others.

Giragosian also met with the staff of the Brussels-based “European Friends of Armenia” (EuFoA), a non-governmental, non-profit organization that seeks to build bridges between Armenian and European decision makers in the fields of politics, business and culture, and support Armenia’s further integration into European political, economic, and social structures.


The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) is a leading independent strategic research center located in Yerevan, Armenia.  As an independent, objective institution committed to conducting professional policy research and analysis, ACNIS strives to raise the level of public debate and seeks to broaden public engagement in the public policy process, as well as fostering greater and more inclusive public knowledge. Founded in 1994, ACNIS is the institutional initiative of Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Over the past fifteen years, ACNIS has acquired a prominent reputation as a primary source of professional independent research and analysis covering a wide range of national and international policy issues.

For further information on the Center call (37410) 52-87-80 or 27-48-18; fax (37410) 52-48-46; email root@acnis.am or info@acnis.am; or visit www.acnis.am.

 
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