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What prevents peace in the South Caucasus?2012-11-29 18:27
Another visit of OSCE Minsk Group to the region is over. They again tried to persuade Azerbaijan and Armenia to cooperation, and again, for the umpteenth time, failed to succeed. Co-Chairs proposed to organize another meeting at the presidential level, but could not even agree on a meeting of foreign ministers.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan rejected the initiative of OSCE Minsk Group to hold a meeting between the heads of Armenia and Azerbaijan in December in Paris, finding a meeting with Aliyev meaningless.
Such position of the Armenian president does not help the situation, political scientist Nadir Yusufoglu believes. And the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict hinders sustainable development of the South Caucasus and serves to preserve the volatile situation in the region. "Resolution of the conflict is possible. To do this, the desire and will of the warring countries are needed. Everyone understands that Armenia must make first step, since it is the aggressor that had occupied territory of a neighboring country", says the analyst.
Azerbaijani side demands withdrawal of the troops from the territory of 7 regions surrounding the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region of Azerbaijan, as well as to return the people there. Armenia refuses to comply with this requirement, calling these areas a buffer zone for safe mountainous part of Karabakh. "The absurdity of this thesis is in the fact that given modern arms such buffer zone almost loses its meaning. Second thing is that speaking of the conflict the Armenian President Sargsyan openly declares that "our generation has liberated Karabakh, and the future generation should work to liberate Ararat". This shows the essence of the current political leadership of Armenia; so in this case we shouldn't expect constructive approach from the official Yerevan, in my opinion", says Yusufoglu.