The Armenian authorities apparently not ready to make concessions yet -Alexei Vlasov
Azerbaijan , Baku, June 24 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
It is very important that the both sides of Nagorno Karabakh conflict are ready to continue negotiations for comprehensive peace, says Russian political analyst, a member of the Expert Council of Trend, Alexei Vlasov.
"The Kremlin will continue to play a mediating role in this complex negotiation process - it is an axiom," - said to Trend the Deputy Dean of the History Department of Moscow State University, Chief Editor of the Vestnik Kavkaza, Vlasov.
According to him, the fact that the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan at the meeting in Kazan haven't reach a final agreement, means that there are internal political circumstances.
"And more so the case of Armenia, because concessions to the Armenian authorities today - it is a serious risk, - expert said, - Now, apparently, Armenian side is not ready for such concessions, but that does not mean that this situation will not change in the future ".
At this stage, all the mediators, not only the Kremlin but also Brussels and Washington should create special conditions for the sides of the conflict and make some pressure on them in order to turn basic principles of the settlement into a live guide to action, he said.
The summit of the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia ended without reaching an agreement on the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, but the sides mentioned the progress towards this goal, a joint statement after the summit in Kazan said, RIA Novosti reported.
The Presidents of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia and Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia discussed the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement on Friday in Kazan.
"The Heads of State highlighted the achievement of mutual understanding on a number of issues, the solution of which contributes to creating conditions to approve the basic principles," said the statement.
The document says that the meeting participants reviewed the activities conducted to agree upon the project of basic principles.
The Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia expressed their gratitude to the leaders of Russia, the USA and France, which are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, "for their constant attention to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement." They appreciated the personal efforts of the Russian President to contribute to reaching agreements, said the joint statement.
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 and the surrounding regions.