YEREVAN, September 18. / ARKA /. Azerbaijan may try to take advantage of a possible strike against Iran by the USA and its allies to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by use of force, Andrei Yepifantsev, head of Alte et Certe think tank, warned today.
He said Azerbaijani political analysts believe that Baku should join the anti-Iranian coalition, which is argued to be a success, and in return for it to get support in resolving the Karabakh conflict by use of force or a support for creation of an independent state in northern Iran with a large Turkic-speaking population.
"Under this scenario Armenia will be surrounded by Turkic states, except Georgia in the north. That would be contingent to losing Nagorno- Karabakh,” Yepifantsev said during Yerevan - Moscow - Tbilisi videoconference on the topic "Greater Caucasus in the context of the Syrian crisis."
The expert said if this plan fails, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev will face serious problems in terms of preserving his rule.
Stanislav Tarasov, the director of the Middle East -Caucasus research center of the International Institute of the Newest States, argued that the new government of Iran will make concessions to the so-called group of six (five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany) regarding its nuclear program issue.
The group of six in cooperation with the IAEA is seeking to make Iran suspend its uranium enrichment program as it may pose a threat to the nuclear non-proliferation. -0-