Settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict depends directly on the parties to the conflict, Sarunas Liekis, the Lithuanian political analyst, a board member of the Vilnius Institute of Political Analysis, who is in Baku, told Trend.
“The OSCE Minsk Group can only stabilize the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he said. “The Group can make recommendations and maintain the status quo.”
Liekis noted that with the coming of the new government to power in Armenia, it is possible to expect constructive changes in the country’s position on the settlement of the conflict.
“The unresolved conflict keeps Armenia in isolation, and the country cannot participate in significant international projects,” Liekis said. “Armenians themselves are also dissatisfied with the situation in the country. This conflict negatively affects the overall development of the region.”
Nevertheless, Liekis believes that the status quo will continue.
“There are always chances in international politics, and sometimes you have to wait for a long time for a conflict to be resolved,” he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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