Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 6
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:
The process of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by foreign organizations doesn’t have a tangible effect yet, since if there had been a result, the relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia would have been peaceful, but we don’t see such a result, Elkhan Alasgarov, PhD, head of the Expert Council of the Baku Network, told the CBC TV channel.
“The OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries are engaged in settlement of their relations instead of resolving the conflict,” he said. “The US is imposing new sanctions on Russia, and this strains relations between the countries; France is solving its own problems. International organizations, including the OSCE Minsk Group, can settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, however these organizations don’t demonstrate active participation in this process.”
He added that in this situation, Azerbaijan has chosen the best position, influencing the process of conflict resolution by economic, political and military means.
“For example, Armenia, as a result of a multi-year conflict, has been isolated from transport and communication projects in the region, and this is the economic advantage of Azerbaijan,” the expert noted. “The world community is coming to a conclusion that the territorial integrity of countries, in particular Azerbaijan, is an element of great significance. The right of peoples to self-determination, in turn, doesn’t have anything to do with the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.”
Alasgarov added that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict won’t be resolved overnight, but the most important thing, in his opinion, is that the process of conflict settlement has begun.
Summarizing the results of 2017, the expert noted that the policy of the Azerbaijani state had a tangible effect in the political, economic and military context.
“I think that in 2018, all the processes favorable for our country will continue to develop thanks to new impulses,” Alasgarov noted. “Such big projects as the International North-South Transport Corridor will trigger further development of Azerbaijan.”