Baku, Azerbaijan, May 10
Armenia makes efforts to delay the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Thomas Goltz, journalist, professor at the University of Montana (US), told Azernews, Trend reports.
He noted that the Armenian government’s attempt to include the so-called “representatives” of the illegal regime, created in Azerbaijan’s occupied lands, to the negotiation process is a delaying tactic for more than 25 years.
Goltz said the Armenian authorities beginning from Levon Ter Petrosyan to Nikol Pashinyan have consistently tried to include the separatist regime in the peace negotiations.
At the same time, Goltz stressed that the Armenians were clearly surprised and disappointed with the April 2016 clashes.
“There has been much speculation about the meaning of the so-called velvet revolution in Armenia in 2018,” Thomas Goltz.
Goltz refrained to comment on fundamental differences in the visions over the solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict demonstrated by previous Armenian authorities and the post-revolutionary team of Pashinyan, preferring to "wait and see".
“I refrain to join the Speculators' Club,” he said.
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.