by Ashot Safaryan
Democratic Nagorno-Karabakh will never become part of Sultan-ruled Azerbaijan, Turkologist Ruben Melkonyan told journalists on Thursday when asked to comment on Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov's statement that Azerbaijan is ready to provide Nagorno-Karabakh with the widest possible autonomy.
"This is not news though Azerbaijan seldom appears with such rhetoric. Mammadyarov's statement was a reaction to the Crimean events. In any case, Nagorno-Karabakh's being autonomy inside Azerbaijan sounds like fiction as Nagorno-Karabakh is by far more democratic than Azerbaijan. How can a democratic republic be part of a sultanate?" Melkonyan said.