James Warlick, OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair, announced that the OSCE Minsk Group was preparing a meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
«Given the escalation of violence on the frontline, it is clear that now it is the exact time to organize a meeting at the highest level,» said Warlick at a press conference held in Yerevan.
The American Co-chair added that the presidents had expressed readiness for a more intensive dialogue, and the meeting could take place in December of 2015.
Baku will take advantage of this meeting to simulate its participation in the negotiating process, — says Vladimir Zakharov, a senior fellow at the Center for Caucasian Studies, MGIMO.
«This will be another ordinary and futile meeting, because Azerbaijan stands on its erroneous position and is not ready to make concessions, not wanting peace in the region,” mentions Vladimir Zakharov in his interview to RUSARMINFO.
According to the expert, the main topic at the meeting will be the withdrawal of the Azerbaijani army forces, bombarding the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenia. The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan once again will demand from the OSCE Minsk Group to introduce the soonest resolution of the Karabakh problem, since this group aims to find the best solution for both parties.
Russia is the most interested party in the settlement of the conflict, and the United States, according to the expert, on the contrary, seeks an escalation, because the Americans want to replace their peacekeeping forces in the region.
«The Russian leadership does not consider the necessity to dislocate peacekeeping forces, but if such a necessity arises, Moscow will not leave Stepanakert alone,» assures Vladimir Zakharov.
Note: On December 10, 1991 in Nagorno-Karabakh was held the national referendum in which 99.89% of the population of the autonomous republic was in favor of secession from Azerbaijan. In response, Azerbaijan launched large-scale military actions, resulting in lost control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh, but also over the seven adjacent districts. On May 5, 1994 Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh signed the Bishkek protocol, which entered into force on May 16 putting the end of active hostilities. The negotiations to resolve the conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the U.S., Russia and France, have been carried out since 1992.