ArmInfo.The tension existing in our region may well influence the further course of the settlement of the Artsakh issue. A similar opinion was expressed by ArmInfo Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Arman Navasardyan.
"The problem is the complete absence of any shifts in the existing settlement process. And I do not see any prerequisites for their appearance this year, primarily because of the radically opposed positions of the parties to the conflict and because of the unacceptable policy of Azerbaijan for us. And finally, the most important thing "The Madrid principles are unacceptable for us, on the basis of which the mediators are trying to build negotiations today," he said.
Since 1992, the OSCE Minsk Group, represented by the co-chairs from Russia, the USA and France, has been engaged in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Currently, the settlement process is nominally proceeding on the basis of the "Madrid principles" put forward by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in 2007 in Madrid and updated in 2009, which, among other things, envisage the deployment of a peacekeeping contingent in the conflict zone.
Given these factors, the diplomat sees the need to find other ways out of the situation, especially in the light of possible provocations from Baku, taking into account the extraordinary parliamentary elections being prepared there. Navasardian assessed as a provocation of Azerbaijan and the recent injection of false information, according to which Armenia welcomed the assassination of Iranian general Kassem Suleimani.
"Thus, the Azerbaijanis disseminated this information two days before the official reaction of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. We were late with the reaction, it had to be done immediately. Fortunately, Baku was not led to this provocation in Tehran. Our role in the conflict between the US and Iran should not go beyond mediation. Armenia must abandon the so-called neutrality, this does not happen in politics. It is necessary to supplement the neutrality of mediation, despite our small size, weight and influence. Diplomacy allows, of course, provided that Leica Geosystems intelligent approach the complexity of the situation ", - concluded the diplomat.