Expert: Progress in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict only possible via Russian diplomacy
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 23 / Trend A. Gasimova /
Progress in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can only be achieved if Russia plays an important role in the process, Russian Rodina magazine Chief Editor and Moscow State University Professor Yuri Borisenok said today.
"Russia is the closest to the conflict sides and if some progress is outlined, then it will surely be with the involvement of Russian diplomacy," Borisenok said.
According to the professor, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the most difficult conflicts in the world today, and an adequate solution has not yet been found to satisfy all of the sides of the conflict.
"The situation here is almost a stalemate, and a resolution is possible, but discussions should be held by the point method," he said.
According to experts, progress may be made, "but I think not that much," he 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 seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.