YEREVAN/BAKU: The Armenian Prime Minister said Wednesday that he saw no possibility of a diplomatic solution at this stage in the dispute with Azerbaijan in the Nagoren-Karabakh mountain range. After the Azerbaijani President believed that the dispute could be settled militarily, his remarks increased doubts about the diplomatic initiatives of major powers to bring peace to the South Caucasus region.
In the recent eruption of a decades-old conflict, since September 27, hundreds of people have died in clashes around Nagorno-Karabakh, part of Azerbaijan but whose population is controlled by the Armenian people. This violence has sparked fears of wider wars in Turkey and Russia, which have signed defense agreements with Armenia, and raised concerns about the security of the pipelines carrying Azerbaijani to the global markets.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said separate meetings were held in Washington on Wednesday with Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers who are expected to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompey. Pompeii said he hopes to find a diplomatic solution.
“The right way is to stop the conflict, speak of escalation, that not all countries should fuel this conflict, nor should weapons systems provide support. At that point, a diplomatic solution is needed. What everyone can accommodate is potentially achievable. “He told reporters.
However, hopes that Pompeo’s direct intervention in arbitration would lead to a breakthrough was weakened by Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Fasinian speaking in a state speech. Pashinyan said, “At least at this stage and for a very long time, you have to realize that Karabakh problems cannot have a diplomatic solution.”
“Everything that the Armenian side can accept diplomatically… It is no longer accepted by Azerbaijan.” Pashinyan previously said that Armenia is ready to talk on the basis of acceptable mutual concessions and solutions in all aspects of the conflict.
The condition for Azerbaijan’s end to the battle is the withdrawal of Armenia from Nago Renault-Karabakh. Armenia ruled this out and accused Azerbaijan of taking the land. President Ilham Aliyev Ageri believed there was a military solution to the conflict this month, and his aide Hik Methajiyev said on Wednesday that Azerbaijan did not expect a breakthrough in a planned meeting in Washington.
The Azeri army, strengthened by the purchase of weapons from Turkey, a close ally with increased military spending in recent years, said it has acquired territory in recent battles. Nagorno-Karabakh said that their troops have repelled repeated attacks and the situation is under control.
Nagorno-Karabakh was eliminated from Azerbaijan with the dissolution of the USSR 30 years ago, and in the worst battle since the breakup, about 30,000 people have been killed. In further diplomacy, Armenian President Armen Sakisian flew to Brussels to meet the NATO military alliance and the leaders of the European Union.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a press conference after the meeting: “We are deeply concerned about the violation of the armistice, which causes new casualties.” “It is important that both sides exercise self-control, observe the ceasefire regime and sit around the negotiating table.”
Arbitration has been led by Russia, France and the United States for many years under the auspices of the European Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE), the continent’s main security and rights monitoring agency. However, Azerbaijan says the mediation has not achieved anything for 30 years and that Turkey wants to achieve peace.
Turkey said it would not hesitate to send soldiers and provide military assistance if Baku makes such a request to Azerbaijan. Turkey Vice President Fuat Oktay told CNN Turk, “We have not yet had such a request from the Jerry brothers, but we have said we will support them the way they want.” He also criticized OSCE’s Minsk group for politically and military support of Armenia without solving the problem.
Russia has brokered two truces since September 27, but both have not stopped. There is no evidence that Lavrov made a breakthrough in meetings with Azeri and Armenian foreign ministers Jeyhun Bayramov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. In a recent battle, both sides said that the conflict continued in several areas near the line of contact.
Nagorno-Karabakh said that as of September 27, along with 37 civilians, 834 current soldiers have died. Azerbaijan said 61 Azeri civilians were killed and 291 wounded, but the military box was not disclosed.