21 January 2019, 11:33

Political analysts criticize outcomes of meeting of the MFA heads of Armenia and Azerbaijan

The meeting of the heads of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFAs) of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Paris has shown that the international community is trying to reanimate talks on the Karabakh conflict. However, the agenda failed to include issues related to violations of the armistice regime, political analysts have noted.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in September 2018, the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev agreed to create a mechanism for preventing the ceasefire violations. Earlier, Pashinyan expressed support for the return of Nagorno-Karabakh to the negotiating table. Against this background, Azerbaijan strengthened military rhetoric.

In Paris, under the auspices of the OSCE, a meeting of two foreign ministers, of Armenia and Azerbaijan, took place.

According Stepan Safaryan, an observer, now the parties are discussing not the ways to settle the conflict, but the chances to create the atmosphere of trust.

"Armenia should insist that progress is possible with the strengthening confidence and calmness on the border," Boris Navasardian, the head of the Yerevan Press Club, has noted.

Alexander Iskandaryan, a political analyst, doubts that the parties will soon be able to find a common language. According to his version, Azerbaijan is not ready for mutual concessions. He did not rule out another escalation on the border, but without a large-scale war.

In his turn, Akop Badalyan, a political observer, believes that Azerbaijan will not give up the idea to solve the problem by military means.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 20, 2019 at 06:32 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Tigran Petrosyan; Source: CK correspondent

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