BAKU: Armenia’s Unwillingness In Karabakh Conflict Settlement Lead T


AzerNews, Azerbaijan
July 16 2014

16 July 2014, 10:00 (GMT+05:00)

By Sara Rajabova

Political analyst believe that diplomacy and peace negotiations have
been at a minimum and military processes at the maximum level in
settling Nagorno-Karabakh conflict over the past 20 years.

Director of the Center for Political Innovations and Technologies,
Mubariz Ahmadoglu told Trend news agency that Armenia is unwilling
to resolve the conflict.

“This unwillingness will, in turn, pave the way for military solution
of the conflict,” Ahmadoglu noted.

He said over the past decades, the power balance in Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict, as well as the impact of the major centers of power in the
regional processes has changed dramatically in favor of Azerbaijan.

Ahmadoglu noted that the United States, Russia and the European Union
do not support Armenia further as it was before.

“Mechanism of lies”, launched by Armenia, has exhausted its time and
resources without leading to desired effects. Russia, U.S. and Europe
have already been informed about the realities of the conflict and are
well aware of Azerbaijan’s just position, as well as the aggressive
policies of Armenia,” Ahmadoglu said.

He further said when assessing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it is
important to understand that the South Caucasus have long been a
scene of confrontation between different geopolitical power centers.

He said neighboring Georgia and OSCE Minsk group co-chair France
could contribute to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The meeting of presidents of Georgia and France, George Margvelashvili
and Francois Hollande, in Paris could play a decisive role in this
regard, Ahmadoglu added.

Visiting Armenia, French President Hollande publicly stated that
Armenian version of a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was
wrong and it is necessary to find the right version. Hollande is the
only foreign leader who discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict not
only in Azerbaijan and Armenia, but also in Georgia,” he said.

The expert also noted that Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents have
already held talks in the capitals of different countries except

“Logically, Georgia and France should propose to hold a meeting
between Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents over the Nagorno-Karabakh
settlement in Tbilisi. If France and Georgia are seriously interested
in this proposal, then it could lead to real and practical results,”
Ahamdoglu said.

Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents met last time on November 2013
in Vienna to discuss ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The conflict emerged in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims
against Azerbaijan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that
displaced over one million Azerbaijanis, Armenian armed forces have
occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized
territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.

The UN Security Council’s four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal
have not been enforced to this day.

Peace talks, mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. through the OSCE
Minsk Group, are underway on the basis of a peace outline proposed
by the Minsk Group co-chairs and dubbed the Madrid Principles. The
negotiations have been largely fruitless so far.