Paris meeting to bring no peace in Nagorno-Karabakh
Elmira Tariverdiyeva, Baku. Exclusively to VK
The international society should think about the nearest future of one of the longest frozen conflicts in the former Soviet space.
Today the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could move out the relative stable situation, set the fire of war and damage not only Armenia and Azerbaijan, but also other interested sides. If we rely on facts, it is obvious that the Armenian-Azerbaijani territorial conflict has never been frozen. During 18 years clashes are appearing at the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, soldiers of both sides are being killed, despite the fact that the sides achieved the agreement on seizing fire in May 1994.
The sides of the conflict suffered losses in early June because of diversionary attack committed by the Armenian army toward the Azerbaijani positions in the north-western on June 5. According the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, at 6:30 a.m. the group of Armenian diversionists, who tried to escape the army’s positions in the village of Ashagy Askipara, faced fire from the Azerbaijani sides and had to withdraw. Four Azerbaijani soldiers were killed. According to the Armenian mass media, the Armenian side suffered losses as well.
Provocations leading to prolonged fire-fights follow visits by top-official mediators to the region or the negotiations between the sides. The situation repeated during the talks between Baku and Yerevan under the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The same thing took place during the visit by the State Secretary of the USA, Hillary Clinton.
Ahead of the visit by Clinton to the South Caucasus the situation became tense once again, which caused various comments and even suggestions on possible war. The incidents caused serious concerns of the international organizations involved into the negotiations on settlement of the conflict and those that do not relate to the conflict directly. The UN also expressed disappointment connected with tension of the situation.
NATO, even though it doesn’t participate in settlement of the conflict around Karabakh, also supported easing the situation, the special envoy of NATO in the South Caucasus and the Central Asia, James Appathurai, stated on June 11.
There is no doubt that the provocation was committed by Armenia and separatist Nagorny Karabakh. Armenia is interested in the status quo, unlike Baku that tries to change the situation by diplomatic measures.
In reality, Armenia is guilty in the conflict, because the front line exists only due to the fact that the country has been occupying the Azerbaijani territories for 20 years. Armenia ignores all urges by the international society and the UN resolutions on freeing Nagorny Karabakh’s region and nearby territories.
Official Yerevan is fully responsible for deaths of young Azerbaijani militaries, the official representative of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Elman Abdullayev, told Trend. The international society blames Armenia indirectly and urges Yerevan to withdraw troops from the occupied territory. However, the international powers do not hurry to press on Yerevan and set the Azerbaijani territories free.
The conflict is not frozen and it can turn into a big problem any day. It will lead to complete destabilization of the South Caucasus region.
On June 18 in Paris the meeting between heads of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Elmar Mamedyarov and Edvard Nalbandyan, will take place. However, there is no optimism on the coming meeting between the conflicting parties. Official Baku insists on development of the full-scale peacemaking treaty, while Yerevan is not quick to negotiate, trying to preserve status quo. Yerevan is delaying settlement of the conflict by rejecting work under the peacemaking treaty, which would be a first step on the way to deoccupation of the Azerbaijani territories.