ArmInfo. The unsettled Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations remain a problem arousing serious public concern in Armenia, political analyst Aram Safaryan stated at the panel discussion entitled "Current processes in South Caucasus: Russia's role in ensuring regional security."
Commenting on the meetings in Sochi and Washington, Mr Safaryan said that the geopolitical centers are now competing for their roles in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and Armenians should understand if this competition meets their national interests.
"I am absolutely sure that the fact that the conflicting parties pledged not to use force is a significant contribution to stabilization. The Sochi declaration is one more piece of evidence that Russia-brokered negotiations have no alternative. And we can state with confidence that Russia has privileged status as mediator in the settlement process and establishment of regional peace," he said.
As regards the West's role, Mr Safaryan said that the obvious competition does not pose a threat to Armenia. Rather, it is a complement to Armenia foreign policy concept.
"Yes, the mediators are competing for the purpose of enhancing their roles in the South Caucasus. However, if after 2020 Armenia has insisted on the OSCE Minsk Group's further activities as the Nagorno- Karabakh remains unsettled, how can we push ahead with this concept without making use of the efforts by the centers of power? We are grateful to France for the resolution, but we are also aware that no matter how powerful France is, it by itself cannot oppose the Turkey-Azerbaijan alliance. On the other hand, the unity of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs - Russia, France and the USA - will held us be strong and independent in dealing with Azerbaijan," Mr Safaryan said.
Armenia should realize Russia's most weighty role in influencing the conflicting parties, he added.