Nagorno-Karabakh: Official says Turkey backs Azerbaijan over territorial exchange
FORMER ARMENIAN RULING PARTY SLAMS ALLEGED TERRITORIAL EXCHANGE
In a statement released on 25 June, the Armenian Pan-National Movement harshly criticized the Karabakh policy of current President Robert Kocharian, Noyan Tapan reported. Specifically, the statement argued that French reaction to Azerbaijani President Heidar Aliev's recent claims that Armenia reneged on an agreed exchange of territory with Azerbaijan proves that Aliev's claim is true (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 17 and 20 June 2002). The statement brands Kocharian's imputed willingness to bargain away a transit corridor through the southern region of Meghri as "directed against Armenia's territorial integrity and state security" and as "high treason." Also on 25 June, Zhirair Sefilian, who commanded an Armenian battalion during the Karabakh war and now heads an organization opposed to any concessions in the peace process, similarly told journalists in Yerevan that simply for an Armenian to utter the term "[transit] corridor" during peace talks is tantamount to treason, Noyan Tapan reported. LF
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