Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by David Stepanyan
The situation around Syria develops. It is not clear even whether the United States will make limited strikes on Syria or not, Cory Welt, Associate Director and Associate Research Professor of International Affairs at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School, told ArmInfo.
"If this happens, I don't think that Iran will give any serious response. Caucasus neighbors that region and the population there may have concerns over aftermaths of a possible military operation against Syria. However, Ithink,thethreatisnotcloseyet. Anyway, Armenians, for instance, have already felt that conflict given the big Armenian population in Syria. It would be good if the western governments had a full image of Syria's future, though they are interested in preservation of Syria's territorial integrity," Welt said.
He thinks that no one in the United State plans land-based military operation against Syria. The operation the US weighs will be more like the bombing campaign in Bosnia and will be more aggressive than the one in Lybia. This does not mean, however, he said, that the US will be satisfied with the results of that operation. "Fear of failure - this is what holds the US from acting. There is no chance that the United States will occupy Syria," Welt concluded. Joint online press conference of experts from various countries for Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian mass media on the relevant problems are organized within the project "Expansion of knowledge of Armenians and Azerbaijanis about each other and confidence building through first-hand information".
The project of the "Region" Research Center (Armenia) and Peace and Democracy Institute (Azerbaijan) is supported by the British Embassies in Armenia and Azerbaijan.