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Political analyst: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen can approve updated Madrid principles without Armenia's consent

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 5 May 2010 16:24 (UTC +04:00)
Processes, occur around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, correspond to the interests of Azerbaijan, the Center for Political Innovations and Technologies head, political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu said at a press conference held at Trend International Information Agency press-center. It concerns the overall assessment of international and regional socio-political process in April.
Political analyst: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen can approve updated Madrid principles without Armenia's consent

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 5 / Trend A. Huseynbala /

Processes, occur around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, correspond to the interests of Azerbaijan, the Center for Political Innovations and Technologies head, political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu said at a press conference held at Trend International Information Agency press-center. It concerns the overall assessment of international and regional socio-political process in April.

"Toughening of Armenia's position changes nothing, since this action was predictable. Armenia demonstrated insignificant attitude to updated Madrid principles. OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen can approve updated Madrid principles, without taking into account the consent of Armenia", Ahmedoglu said.

"Armenian Foreign Minister said that many questions on updated Madrid principles were not discussed with Armenia", political analyst said.

"If OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen keep their promise, it is possible to achieve substantial progress in the peaceful settlement of the conflict", Ahmedoglu said.

Political scientist noted that one of the changes in the peaceful settlement of the conflict is to develop ideas for alternative mediation. Russia intends to increase the number of occasions to avoid conflict.

"Iran unexpectedly stated that Azerbaijan agreed to its mediation in resolving of the conflict, and that Armenia refused from the proposal. Official Baku agreed to official Tehran's mediation in May last year. If Iran does not want to place armed forces of secondary countries in the region of conflict, if it considers that Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions belong to Azerbaijan, the country must help Azerbaijan to restore sovereignty over its occupied lands, " political analyst said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.

The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.

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