EU's intensification in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict not to lead to drastic changes

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 27 May 2011 09:00 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 26 / Trend A. Gasimova /

Even if the European Union intensifies its activity to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it will not lead to drastic changes, the director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University Svante Cornell said.

The report "Renewed European Neighbourhood Policy" states that the EU is ready to strengthen its involvement in resolving the protracted conflicts. According to the report, the EU must be ready to intensify its involvement in the formats where it has not been represented yet, such as the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.

"I consider this issue with suspicion," he told Trend. "At present, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is explosive. It would be nice if the EU became active in this issue, but I do not think that this will lead to major changes."

He said that the support and intensification of France, a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, is necessary to strengthen the EU.

"At present, the OSCE Minsk Group is not very active in its actions," he said. "It takes a passive position."

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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.