Political analyst: OSCE’s mediation is graveyard of ideas contributing to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 16 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The OSCE Minsk Group's mediation has become a graveyard of ideas that contribute to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, director of the Centre for Political Innovations and Technologies, political analyst Mubariz Ahmadoglu told Trend on Monday.
He said that whilst organising a meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers in France, the OSCE Minsk Group mediators showed that the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continues. Mediation remains in their monopoly.
"It seems that during the events that occurred over the past 20 years, Armenia's position is on the verge of collapse as a state. Azerbaijan's strengthening and in particular recent military incidents, created a flurry by Armenia in connection with Ramil Safarov and changes over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, have had no impact on the OSCE Minsk Group's activity," he said. "Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group do not want to see these changes. Anyway, the mediators see the trend of these changes. If they maintain their monopoly on the process, more serious incidents may occur in the near future."
He added that the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk did not take into account the dialogue of the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities in Nagorno-Karabakh, the ideas of turning the Nagorno-Karabakh into a space of cooperation for Azerbaijan and Armenia and the term Khankendi / Stepanakert.
"Armenia abuses the mechanism of consensus in terms of direct participation of mediators," he said. "The OSCE Minsk Group also forgot the idea of replacing the principle of consensus for 'consensus minus one' during voting. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan accuses Azerbaijan and Turkey of violating the right of free migration. The mediators do not ask him why the population of one village of Aghdam, Fizuli and Jabrail regions cannot 'freely move' to another village."
He added that the ideas of creating a "big peace treaty", replacing the OSCE Minsk Group format for a UN one are classified as unpopular.
"There are a myriad of ideas ruined by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen," he said. "This turns the mediation of the OSCE Minsk into a cemetery. A meeting of foreign ministers to be held at France's initiative may further accelerate this process."