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 Thursday, October 19 2017 12:56
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Ex-OSCE MG co-chairman: The Karabakh conflict is not frozen - it is  thawed and dangerous

Ex-OSCE MG co-chairman: The Karabakh conflict is not frozen - it is  thawed and dangerous

ArmInfo.The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not frozen - it is a thawed and very  dangerous conflict. Former Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Cary Cavanaugh, stated this during discussions over Karabakh in the Helsinki Commission of the United States.

In his opinion, the types of weapons brought to the region create a  more complicated situation. "The situation in the South Caucasus is  changing: there are economic integration, dramatic political changes  in the region," - the diplomat said.

At the same time, Covano believes that today the parties to the  Karabakh conflict are further from the agreement than they were in  the past. In his opinion, in the past there was more willingness to  compromise between the parties. "Since the end of the 1980s there was  not a single American president who did not know about the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Cavanaugh said, and in this context  stressed the importance of expanding the office of Personal  Representative of the Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk and the  implementation by the parties mechanisms for investigating incidents.

At the same time, he stated that, despite numerous statements by the  presidents about the desire to resolve the conflict in a political  way, effective steps in this direction are not being taken.

Speaking about the role of Russia in the settlement of the conflict,  Cavanaugh noted that Russia has made every effort in this process and  has done everything possible. "Russia was the central player in April  2016 (Azerbaijan's large-scale aggression against  Nagorno-Karabakh-Ed.) I suspect that Russia will always be the  central player." I'm sure that Russia can not solve the problem on  its own, the ion, of course, is not interested in further escalation,  "the diplomat said.

In his turn, former OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair James Warlick reminded  once again that the Karabakh conflict is the issue where Moscow and  Washington closely cooperate, despite tense relations between the US  and Russia. "I would say that this is one of the problems we are  really cooperating in solving, Russia is committed to a peaceful  settlement of the Karabakh conflict.With regard to US participation  in this process, I would like to recall the personal involvement of  former Secretary of State John Kerry in this process. the  administration has a new co-chairman, I hope that this administration  will be involved in the resolution of the conflict, "concluded  Warlick.. 

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