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..