Peter Tase: world closes its eyes to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
"The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the moment is on the periphery of the interests of the international community, including the United States Government, which is encouraging Yerevan to neglect the four UN Security Council resolutions and rule out any attempts made by intermediaries that have a selfless interest to begin a substantive negotiations process and to resolve peacefully the conflict," the U.S. expert on international relations, Peter Tase, told the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza."
"The world is closing its eyes towards the Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict, and this is the reason why the current Armenian oligarchy has a hostile rhetoric and has embraced a dangerous belligerence as their bread and butter policy with the neighboring country of Azerbaijan as well as encourages a multifaceted disinformation campaign against Baku at a global level. The destruction inflicted by Armenia to the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan is worst than the acts of violence committed by the Tamil Ealam Army that operated at some point in Sri Lanka. For over two decades Armenia has caused so much pain and suffering to the Republic of Azerbaijan," he stressed.
According to him, the US State Department has been intentionally marginalized by the White House, under the current administration continues to play a second hand role in the implementation of U. S. Foreign Policy, therefore is unable to lead effective negotiations and participate in the long lasting solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "There cannot be made any progress when the State Department is pursuing an inward looking behavior within the implementation of US Foreign Policy; its key decision-making positions remain vacant, and the White House is not consulting with its key diplomatic experts on issues pertaining to foreign policy. During this year, there is a greater possibility that the State Department's staff will be significantly undersized," Peter Tase explained.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US, are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.