May 27, 2008 - 19:16 AMT
Alan Kasayev: war unlikely in Karabakh within next several years
Resumption of military operations in Nagorno Karabakh is unlikely within next 5 years, at least, said the head of RIA Novosti division for Baltic States and the CIS.

"Azerbaijan is building up an image of 'investment attractiveness', is trying to resolve problems with Iran and determine status of the Caspian Sea, whose basin includes five states, each presenting its claims," Alan Kasayev said in an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net.

"I would also like to mention that the election developments in Azerbaijan are complicated by internal instability. The Anti-Armenian propaganda and warlike rhetoric is used with a purpose to unite the nation. You should nor forget that over half of the Azerbaijani population are illiterate rural residents. On the whole, Azerbaijan is poorly developed and poorly educated country living at expense of oil income. Agriculture is not developing. There is no industry with an exception for a couple of refineries. The whole population of the country can't concentrate in the capital. So, the actively created image of an enemy is one of the elements of consolidation of the society," he said.

  • Full text of the interview