Baku, Azerbaijan, May 14
By Anakhanum Idayatova - Trend:
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict won't be resolved unless the main geopolitical actors want its settlement, Mateusz Piskorski, Polish expert, director of the European Centre for Geopolitical Analysis, told Trend May 14.
He was commenting on a possible meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Vienna.
"Undoubtedly, the resumption of the talks and the attempt to at least reduce the tension are positive factors," said the expert.
Piskorski pointed out that he has a pessimistic view about the possibility for the conflict's settlement in the near future.
He also believes that participation and political will of all the main geopolitical actors, including the US, the European Union, Turkey and Russia are needed for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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