ArmInfo.In my opinion, the Minsk Group did not fail, it is just that if the parties refuse serious negotiations, then you cannot bring two enemies at one table. German Ambassador to Azerbaijan Wolfgang Manig stated this in an interview with APA.
He stated that the Minsk Group was created as a structure for mediation in negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, however, in the first years, both sides could not or did not want to use the efforts of this body. According to the ambassador, it was expected that the three co-chairs, each of whom is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, would be able to bring the parties to the negotiating table, but, unfortunately, the parties continued to refuse.
"As for the negotiations, the situation is different today. Since the tripartite statement of November 9 does not touch on the details of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, or the rights and obligations of Azerbaijanis or Armenians living in the conflict region, a comprehensive and sustainable settlement of the conflict is still pending. The mandate of the Minsk Group envisages simplification of such regulation, therefore it has not been completed yet. Thus, the Minsk Group co-chairs will continue their work, "Manig said.
Clarifying how Germany, as a permanent member of the OSCE Minsk Group, can contribute to the effectiveness of this format, the diplomat expressed his conviction that, through the Eastern Partnership program, the EU will be able to contribute to close cooperation with the countries of the Program and the EU.
"The EU example shows how defining common interests and close cooperation can reconcile former enemies. I believe that Germany and other EU member states represented in the Minsk Group can provide support to the co-chairs with the program and projects developed in the EU for the development of a prosperous South Caucasus, "the German ambassador said.
At the same time, he stressed that German Chancellor - EU Council President Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, as well as European Commission Vice President and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell actively participated in negotiations on various topics.
"The EU, Germany and others supported the ICRC in the implementation of the humanitarian aspects of the trilateral statement. Along with this, I understand the desire of the other two co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to study the details of the trilateral statement reached in Moscow. I am sure that Azerbaijan, as a reliable partner of the Eastern Partnership, will cooperate with the EU and its member states in discussing the format of future relations in the South Caucasus, "the ambassador summed up.