Negotiations Remain Hostage of Madrid Principles

Negotiations Remain Hostage of Madrid Principles

Politics – Saturday, 08 December 2012, 13:56

The call of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to follow the Helsinki
principles indicates that nothing new has been proposed to the
conflict sides, and the talks are still the hostage of the
controversial principles of Madrid, said the ex-foreign minister of
NKR Arman Melikyan in an interview with Lragir.am as he commented on
the joint statement of the OSCE foreign ministers on Karabakh in
Dublin. `Notably, the text contains a statement which has been
repeated often by the first Russian co-chair Vladimir Kazimirov. They
did not miss the opportunity to state that each of the sides of the
conflict wants to have maximum advantage and is not committed to a
mutually acceptable agreement. I should note that the current agenda
of the talks offered by the co-chairs which pushes the sides into a
deadlock does not provide the governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia
with other options,’ Arman Melikyan said. According to him, the status
quo stands for peace in the conflict area and the region. According to
Arman Melikyan, the co-chairs blame the conflict sides for the lack of
progress in the talks. `This means that they will address the blame
for possible resumption of war until we understand clearly that the
possibility of war without the approval and possible support of any of
the co-chairs is zero,’ Mr. Melikyan says.

From: A. Papazian

http://www.lragir.am/index.php/eng/0/politics/view/28345

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