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Getting out of Karabakh dead-end in Sochi

2011-03-09 16:58

14371.jpegToday Sochi hosts a meeting between Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents with Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev acting as an arbiter for Serge Sargsyan and Ilkham Aliev. The key point in the agenda is finding a way out of the Nagorny Karabakh deadlock. Apparently, Yerevan and Moscow will try to induce Baku to start a peaceful dialogue and sign a declaration after repeated hints on escalation of the conflict in the region by Azerbaijani authorities. Even Washington waits with bated breath, the success of the coming negotiations being crucial to the States.


There have been several meetings of this kind, each one of them ending in no result. All countries co-chairing the OSCE's Minsk group want to assign any status to Nagorny Karabakh. However, Baku stubbornly repeats that the result of the talks is completely up to Yerevan.

Commenting on the coming meeting Azeri FM Elmar Mamedyarov reminded of a document on settlement of the Karabakh conflict adopted at the level of US, French and Russian presidents in Canada last year. "This commitment must be complied with. That is why the issue is still under consideration. And I believe that the Unites States, Russia and France are ready to make headway towards resolution of the Karabakh issue. Our objective is to have Armenian troops pulled out of the territory of Karabakh", - Mamedyarov emphasized.

The agreement is Ilkham Aliev's trump card. It hits more chords with the international community than Armenia's calls for justice. However, this document costs nothing if not implemented. The term "occupation" used by G8 members in Toronto reflects the world leaders' idea of a definite outcome. That is why Azerbaijan is particularly glad to know that Western heavy-weighters may impose sanctions on tough Armenians.  

In the meantime, Armenia takes part in discussions sticking to its own point of view on the issue. Thus, Armenia is ready to approve of not more than 90% of all documents that conflicting parties are supposed to sign. While Russia is actively persuading the neighbors into restoring peace, Yerevan is well aware that Kremlin's support, even non-verbal, is a serious help. In this case signature of a "non-aggression pact" might herald the victory of Russian-Armenian diplomacy.

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