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Nagorno-Karabakh: A View from Azerbaijan20.06.2012 | 15:45
The other day in Paris, negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan were held. One of the main issues to discuss was the problem of armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. There were also discussed calls for peaceful resolution of the issue, and new principles, as usual. For example, they have proposed to establish a mechanism for identifying the causes of violations of the ceasefire. But the Azerbaijani side considers such mechanisms pointless. The reason for violations is as follows: Armenian troops are on foreign territory. If they leave Azerbaijan, the armed conflict ceases, Azerbaijani expert believes.
At a meeting in Paris, the OSCE Minsk Group countries co-chairs have voiced a new idea to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The parties were suggested to develop humanitarian cooperation, to create a mechanism to identify the causes of violations of the ceasefire and to protect the cultural and historical monuments.
For the expert, the thesis about creation of a mechanism for identifying the causes of violations of ceasefire, voiced by the co-chairs, is absurd. Indeed, this reason, as well as the entire conflict, is "clear as day," said the expert Elshad Mirbashiroglu. Armenian troops are on the territory of Azerbaijan. If they were on Armenia's territory, there would be no violation of the ceasefire, and the armed conflict in general, he said.
As for the Madrid principles, Elshad Mirbashiroglu believes that despite the fact that they were not announced at the Paris meeting, they are the basic rules of conflict resolution. Because they contain all the basic principles of international law.
The only frustration in the Azerbaijani society is connected to the fact that Azerbaijan has lost 20 percent of its territory as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Armenia, which has seized them, is being put onto on the same scales. Azerbaijan believes the issue of territorial integrity the main principle in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. At the same time, official Baku is ready to grant the mountainous part of Karabakh the highest status of autonomy. Also Baku is obliged to provide all the rights and freedoms to the people of Karabakh, as well as to provide socio-economic integration into the infrastructure of the region of Azerbaijan. Given the country's economic power, such step will help improve the lives of all people living in Nagorno-Karabakh, Mirbashirogly says. "Speaking about all the people in the region, I mean both the Armenians and Azerbaijanis who were displaced and scattered in many regions of Azerbaijan", the expert says.
In general, Elshad Mirbashiroglu says the Paris talks are ordinary meeting. "These talks are held regularly, and, unfortunately, do not give a real positive result. The only result, I believe, is the opportunity to prevent the parties from the use of military force, but this result is quiet relative. After all, the cease-fire is being violated almost daily", the expert said.