Popular diplomacy unlikely to lead to conflict resolution, experts say
The special envoy for international cultural cooperation of the Russian President, Mikhail Shvydkoy, said at the 3rd Baku International Humanitarian Forum that Azerbaijani and Armenian intellectuals have been invited to a meeting, which will anticipate talks between the two countries over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Vestnik Kavkaza discussed the issue with Armenian and Azerbaijani experts.
According to Azerbaijani political analyst Professor Fikret Sadykhov, such popular diplomacy is unlikely to be successful.
Similar meetings have already been held and have never led to any changes in the situation surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the expert underlines.
His approach is shared by Armenian expert Sergey Minasyan. According to him, such a meeting cannot lead to a resolution of the conflict, but can establish a atmosphere of dialogue and mutual trust.