Political analyst: Deauville statement more clearly reflects Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution plan

Deauville statement by the OSCE Minsk Group member countries’ presidents more clearly reflects plan of resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the director of the Center for Political Innovation and Technology, a political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu said at a news conference in Trend News Agency.

"The statement clearly states the importance of adopting the basic principles at the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian presidents’ meeting to be held in Kazan on June 25," he said.

Ahmedoglu underscored that Deauville statement by the OSCE Minsk Group member countries’ presidents does not meet Armenia’s interests.

"There are features distinguishing Deauville statement from the previous documents. The text is accurate, concrete, and clearly reflects the resolution plan," he said.

According to Ahmedoglu, based on the statement the basic principles will be adopted and after that a practical resolution may begin by signing a great peace agreement and adopting a road map.

"Deauville statement by the presidents can create conditions to sign a serious document on resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Ahmedoglu said.

He said the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has influenced not only Azerbaijan and Armenia’s fate, but also the entire region. Even Georgia considers the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict the most important problem in the region.

"Even determining of Nagorno-Karabakh’s status in favor of Azerbaijan may disturb certain internal forces. Because such a "political mechanism" as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, disappears, and other lever of pressure on Azerbaijan has not been created yet," Ahmedoglu underscored.

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 seven 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 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.