Wednesday, December 6 2017 14:49
Anzhela Stepanyan

Forecast: Vienna meeting of Armenian and Azeri FMs will be crowned  with negotiations for the sake of talks

Forecast: Vienna meeting of Armenian and Azeri FMs will be crowned  with negotiations for the sake of talks

ArmInfo.The Vienna meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov is likely to be crowned with the continuation of negotiations for the sake of negotiations. Such an opinion was  expressed to ArmInfo by scientist of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, political scientist Alexander Skakov.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian is in Vienna to attend a  meeting of OSCE foreign ministers. The Armenian Minister will hold  talks with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov, in the number of  meetings with foreign colleagues and co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk  Group. Following the last Nalbandian-Mammadyarov meeting in Brussels  in July 2017, in October in Geneva, Sargsyan-Aliyev met.

The lack of progress in the negotiation process, according to Skakov,  primarily due to the refusal of the parties to the conflict, in  particular Baku, to make any compromises and concessions. Concessions  on the part of Yerevan unilaterally will become an inevitable  catalyst for the resumption of hostilities in the conflict zone.

"In my opinion, considering the lack of interest in implementing such  a scenario both of the parties to the conflict and of the OSCE MG  mediators, unilateral concessions, at least in the foreseeable  future, are not possible," the political scientist believes. In this  light, Skakov is convinced of the ineffectiveness of the meetings of  the Foreign Ministers, considering them an initiative of the  mediators of the OSCE Minsk Group called to demonstrate the existence  and maintenance of the negotiation process.

The real situation, according to his estimates, is still far from  discussions on reaching a settlement, since, regardless of the  consensus of the mediators in the direction of working out ways of  settlement, the situation is nevertheless dictated by the immediate  parties to the conflict. 

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