Int’l organizations must pursue proactive role towards resolving Karabakh conflict
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 19
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
The international organizations must pursue a proactive role towards resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Peter Tase, the political analyst, the expert on international relations at Marquette University (USA), told Trend.
"It is unacceptable for regional and multilateral organizations such as the OSCE Minsk Group, European Commission, the United Nations, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Collective Security Treaty Organization to not pursue a proactive role towards preserving the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan and guarantee peace and security in the Caucasus region," Tase said.
"It is discouraging to observe both the European Union institutions and the United States Government reiterating the 'strategic' alliance with Azerbaijan," he said. "On the other hand, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Security Policy Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have yet to issue a single press release condemning the armed clashes initiated by Armenian Armed Forces in recent weeks."
"The US Government - just like its position toward the ongoing Civil War of Syria - continues to be reluctant towards proactively trying to solve the decade's long conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh," Tase said. "Additionally, we have a European Union that is completely focused on the inflated influx of migrants, refugees who are escaping the Civil War in Syria and the war torn nations of Africa."
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 two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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