Newsfeed

Armenian Prime Minister: Government is ready to support mining sector enterprises

Yerevan: Government has not approved bill "On Recognition of the Republic of Artsakh"

New service from VivaCell-MTS: "Deactivation of Internet roaming"

Moscow hopes Karabakh conflict parties will evade steps that can break fragile truce

Yazidis of Armenia ask President and Prosecutor General of Armenia to release Jndi Amaryan

Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister welcomes Lavrov's stance on Bill recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh's independence

Desir about Karabakh conflict: Sides do not wish to return to negotiations table

Ucom is awarded "Top Employer Armenia 2016"

Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan creating more reserves for longer war and declares re-enlistment

Zaruhi Postanjyan has received calls from other countries' foreign ministries about their willingness to recognize independence of Artsakh after Yerevan

MP: Recognition of NKR's independence will not result in a new upsurge in violence

Political analyst: Creation of mechanisms to inquire into incidents on border will work in Baku's favor and help it break the deadlock

Armenian Government approves a conclusion on bill "On Recognition of the Republic of Artsakh"

Artsakh Foreign Minister: Successive international recognition of Artsakh will launch in the nearest future

Yerevan stands for implementation of confidence building measures and expansion of authorities of team of Personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office

From now one Beeline subscribers can make free calls to service center from anywhere in the world

Russian analyst says Levon Ter-Petrosyan's "groundwork on Karabakh" may become useful

Economy Minister assured that he will make every effort to save Nairit Plant

Seyran Ohanyan holding close meeting with MPs in Armenian parliament

Richard Giragosian says Azerbaijan's new attack on Artsakh is a matter of time only

Nubarashen penitentiary head's powers temporarily terminated

Microsoft representative rates cyber security level in Armenia as average

Iran's Ambassador to Baku says his country supports Karabakh conflict's settlement on basis of territorial integrity principle

David Babayan: Armenia should not be the first country to recognize the NKR

Expert: Karabakh conflict zone to experience even more escalation

Azerbaijani media: Russian arms supply to Azerbaijan continues

Karabakh conflict should be resolved locally, Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva says

Baku: Recognition of Karabakh's independence will put an end to OSCE Minsk Group process

It becomes known who of Armenian lawmakers is victimized by blackmailers

Director of Analitik.am detained on suspicion of blackmailing

Garo Paylan says he has underwent violence because he is Armenian

Government of Armenia to discuss Bill recognizing independence of Nagorno Karabakh

The last breathe of bankrupt Nairit Plant: once chemical giant will remain without employees on July 1

Artsrun Hovhannisyan: Armenian armed forces constantly replenished with ultramodern weapons

Armenian Defense Ministry Spokesperson: Azerbaijani side is pulling more forces and military hardware to Line of Contact

On May 9, Veterans of the Great Patriotic War can travel by South Caucasus Railway electric train free of charge

Armenia Telephone Company (Beeline trademark) retains leadership among communication operators on the list of largest taxpayers of Armenia

Ex-head of Judicial Acts Compulsory Enforcement Service of Armenia faces criminal charges

Three police officers face administrative fines for obstruction of journalists' activities

Kerry and Lavrov call for restoring a better sense of calm between sides in Karabakh conflict zone

Armenian Foreign Ministry suggesting its own scenario of Karabakh conflict settlement

VTB Bank (Armenia) among top 3 Armenian banks by amount of taxes paid in Q1 2016

Armenian Defense Ministry on possible provocations on May 9: One should be vigilant - the situation may escalate at any moment

In 2015 Anelik Bank increased personal time deposits by 16% amid 20% growth in retail lending

Aliyev gives an award to murderer of Armenian soldier Kyaram Sloyan

Ashotyan: Armenia pins no hopes on allies within CSTO

Yerevan: Baku is preparing ground for new military actions

Azerbaijani side pulling more forces and military hardware to its positions along Line of Contact: NKR Defense Army

Beeline Subscribers buying Micromax Bolt D320 smartphones to get a subscription to Smart 1500 tariff plan and 5GB internet

Commanders of volunteer platoons call on fresh forces to join them on frontline in Nagorno Karabakh

Regional

Sabine Freizer: I hope that the US will now be playing a more prominent role in Karabakh peace process

  • Thursday, June 7, 22:13

"Clearly the Minsk Group led negotiations are in trouble, the high hopes that existed before the Kazan meeting in summer 2011 have been dashed, and violations of the cease fire regime are on the increase. There is a real threat that the conflict will spin out of control as Armenian and Azerbaijan get involved in a tit-for-tat exchange of fire. Once this occurs it will be very difficult for one side or the other to pull back from the brink or to win a quick war",  said  Dr. Sabine Freizer, Director of the Europe Program of International Crisis Group  commenting to Turan news agency regarding the recent visit of the US State Secretary Hillary Clinton.

"It is highly positive that Hilary Clinton brought up the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in all three countries to the South Caucasus that she visited during her recent tour. Coming right after a series of clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijan forces, that brought 3 deaths on the Armenian side, and possibly five on the Azerbaijani one, raising the conflict is extremely important", - said Freizer.  Hilary Clinton, in Baku, said: "I've pledged that to both presidents - to help facilitate a resolution and the end of the deaths of anyone around this tragic situation." This is the first time that the Secretary of State has been so publicly explicit about her intention to get involved.  It is a highly positive statement, Freizer said.

"Since Fall 2008 Russia, and especially former President Medvedev, has been taking the lead in the negotiations process. Today after the Russian elections, and the failure by Russia to secure a deal, it is essential that the US, Russia and the EU cooperate on mediating a solution. The OSCE Minsk Group provides that format but it requires an engagement by all three co-chairs at the highest level to be most effective. I hope that the US will now be playing a more prominent role", noted the expert.

 "Ultimately Azerbaijan and Armenian need to want a peace deal, the agreement cannot be imposed by the US, EU and Russia. The deaths of the last days should not be a prelude of things to come; yet they clearly show that any resumption of armed conflict will bring significant and probably equitable casualties on both sides.  Nobody can ride into this conflict and hope to win quickly and easily.  If the fighting re-starts it is likely to be drawn out over time and territory. Even Georgia feels that in a war situation it will be the first to lose out. It's an opportune time to work amongst neighbors and big powers to find a way to a peace settlement. Withdrawal from one or two occupied territories and return of IDPs could be a start to build on", - thinks Sabine Freizer.

Send to a friend

To (e-mail)


Your name


Message


Comments

View comments (0)
  • READ ALL COMMENTS
  • POST A COMMENT

Be first to comment on this article

* Indicates required fields