By Edmond Y. Azadian
Several recent developments on the world political scene indicate Armenia’s diplomacy has suffered some serious losses, tipping the scale in favor of Turkey and Azerbaijan. A few members in the Armenian parliament have ascribed these setbacks to the Foreign Ministry’s rather passive posture, which in fact may constitute senseless self-flagellation, because those setbacks are mostly the functions of Armenia’s weak position in the global political arena. Had Armenia possessed oil and mineral resources like Azerbaijan, an Aliyev-style dynastic hold on power would be tolerated. Also, had Armenia been situated in a strategic land mass like Turkey, any occupation, like the Cyprus case, would only cause semantic discussions and verbal gymnastics, overlooking all the trespasses of international law and UN resolutions.
Armenia, having none of the above attributes, remains subject to all kinds of diplomatic abuses.
It would be very presumptuous to make any tangible recommendations to counter those diplomatic setbacks, but at least we would be on the right track, if we can at least diagnose the situation and have a clear view of the depth of our foreign policy failures.
It does not give us any advantage to subject the responsible parties to a tongue-lashing, like some of Armenia’s representatives are doing, every time Armenia’s enemies administer a diplomatic blow. Turkey has become a major player on the world scene and it has been using that status on every possible occasion to corner Armenia and to cause a diplomatic defeat. Turkey is one of the 15 UN Security Council members, and at one time also one of its rotating presidents.
In that capacity, Ankara has threatened Armenia with placing the Karabagh issue on the Security Council’s agenda, since the General Assembly resolutions are non-binding.