Thursday, May 14, 2009

Analysis: Europe should foster better ties with Azerbaijan

This energy analyst urges Europe to support Azerbaijan in its struggle to regain Nagorno-Karabakh. He makes no comment about the current Azerbaijan leadership and the recent repressive actions in that country.Yes, supporting a fair peace settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh is important, but it's also important to push for the process of democratization in Azerbaijan. Appeasing corrupt oil-rich regimes is not in the long-term interest of Europe or the people of Azerbaijan. Economic decisions should not be divorced from political reality.

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