The decision on Karabakh in sight

Friday, August 1, Armenian Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov met in Moscow to discuss the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.The conversation between the two ministers is all day behind closed doors.According to official Baku, talks will be held in a constructive manner, but Azerbaijani political scientists believe that the meeting will not bring results.Armenia, in turn, hopes to Moscow.On Friday, August 1, Armenian Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov met in Moscow to discuss the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.The conversation between the two ministers is all day behind closed doors.According to official Baku, talks will be held in a constructive manner, but Azerbaijani political scientists believe that the meeting will not bring results.Armenia, in turn, hopes to Moscow.

passing in Moscow on Friday meeting of foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov on the

settlement of the Karabakh conflict was initiated by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh by Russia, US and France.

«The very fact that the meeting heralds that the process of resolving the conflict peacefully realized" As the agency "Interfax" citing a diplomatic source in Moscow, "the meeting has started, it will go all day behind closed doors."Source Agency believes that the results of the negotiations will most likely issue a communiqué.

Recall that the Karabakh conflict - perhaps the most destructive in the territory of CIS countries - first declared itself in 1988.Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, established in the territory of Azerbaijan, has announced its intention to withdraw from the Azerbaijani SSR and enter into Armenia.This led to the bloody armed conflict.

Supreme Council of Azerbaijan in response to the intention of Nagorno Karabakh decided that the region should remain part of the country.As stated in the document on the session of the Supreme Soviets of the Union republics, "in response to the request of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR Supreme Council of the Azerbaijan SSR, in the interests of preserving the existing national-territorial structure of the country, established by the Constitution of the USSR, guided by the principles of internationalism, the interests of the Azerbaijani and Armenianpeoples of other nations and nationalities of the country, considered the transfer of Nagorno-Karabakh from the Azerbaijan SSR to the Armenian SSR impossible. "

All attempts to resolve the situation of the Union Centre (NKAO interim administration was established, headed by Arkady Volsky, the problem considered Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR) were not successful.

December 10, 1991, a few days before the official collapse of the Soviet Union, the Nagorno-Karabakh held a referendum in which 99.89% of the population voted for full independence from Azerbaijan.Then began large-scale military operations, as a result of which Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts.

The conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis about 15 thousand. People were killed and nearly a million were forced to flee their homes.On the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh was declared an independent Karabakh Republic is not recognized by anyone except Armenia.Azerbaijan's attempts to force to regain control over the territory populated mainly by Armenians, were unsuccessful.

Hostilities continued until May 12, 1994, when in Bishkek signed an agreement on ceasefire.Control over Karabakh has remained in the hands of Armenians.

Since 1992, negotiations on a peaceful settlement are carried out within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by USA, Russia and France.In November last year, for the consideration of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group presented basic principles for a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.The Co-Chairs considered the "Madrid proposals" fair and balanced.

Karabakh conflict sides also repeatedly tried to enter into direct negotiations, but none of the meetings did not bring proper results.In particular, during the last meeting of Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev, held June 6 in St. Petersburg, the parties again failed to come to a common denominator.

Yerevan considers Karabakh as an independent state with full right to self-determination and to reunite with Armenia (in fact, is the reunion has already happened).Baku does not recognize Karabakh's independence, accusing Armenia of occupation of 20% of Azerbaijani territory.

Earlier in March this year, after another outbreak of armed conflict between the two countries, in breach of the truce, Ilham Aliyev stressed that his country is ready to fight to the end."The conflict then find its peaceful resolution, when Armenians will feel the power of Azerbaijan", - he explained then Aliyev, noting that the solution to the problem is possible only "in the framework of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity."

After the intensification of the conflict Azerbaijan has announced a solution to the problem.Armenians living there were asked to self-determination on the example of Russian Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.However, Armenia has continued to insist on the rejection of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan any cost.

the eve of the present meeting of the conflicting parties, Armenian President stated that the peaceful ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have not been exhausted."My impression is that Aliyev is ready to continue the negotiations.I am also confident that can be achieved through negotiation settlement of the problem ", - said the president.

Meanwhile, official Baku hopes that Yerevan will show constructiveness in the upcoming talks in Moscow."Today, Azerbaijan continues negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group.The main question is how Armenia will be constructive in these talks ", - said the head of Khazar Ibrahim on Monday the press service of the Foreign Ministry of the republic.At this meeting, it becomes clear, "as the Armenian side is interested in the efficient continuation of talks."

Moreover, Ibrahim, commenting on the statement of Armenian President that after a meeting with the head of Azerbaijan he had the impression that peaceful means of settlement of the Karabakh conflict have not been exhausted, said: "We really would like to see practical steps on the part of Armenia to suchrhetoric would be reflected in reality. "

Nevertheless, in spite of the opinion of the official representatives of Baku, the Azerbaijani experts give quite different forecasts of the current negotiations.They do not expect serious results from the meeting in Moscow.

Thus, a member of the Standing Committee on International Relations and Interparliamentary Relations millimedzhlisa (Parliament) Asim Mollazade political scientist believes that Armenia does not conduct serious negotiations to resolve the Karabakh conflict."Armenia only imitates the negotiations to deceive the international community.Therefore, no changes in the Moscow meeting will not be "- he explained his position.

former advisor to Azerbaijani President on foreign policy, Vafa Guluzade also convinced that real progress negotiations fail."This is a negotiation, and they will not cause major shifts in the settlement of the conflict", - he concluded.