RUSSIA WARNS BAKU AGAINST GOING TO UN WITH KARABAKH PROBLEM

PanARMENIAN.Net
October 3, 2011 - 09:24 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Moscow has openly warned Azerbaijan to give up
attempts to transfer the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement process
to the United Nations.

"It's the OSCE Minsk Group but not the UN dealing with the Nagorno
Karabakh conflict," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander
Lukashevich said when requested by an Azeri journalist to comment
on Armenia's non-fulfillment of UN Security Council resolution on
Karabakh.

Lukashevich did not forget to mention that UN resolutions are
non-binding and "this is a serious reason not to transfer the Karabakh
conflict to this institution."

The talks will protract for many years, given the fact that Azerbaijan
constantly violates all peace resolutions and documents adopted by
international organizations. Continuous ceasefire violations often
result in casualties both among servicemen and civil population.

Another reason why Baku's aspiration is not advantageous for Moscow is
the latter's role in the conflict settlement. Russia, being a co-chair
country of the OSCE Minsk Group along with France and United States,
has acquired the role of locomotive in the process, what allows it to
keep control over Yerevan and Baku. With UN taking up the initiative,
Russia will cede positions in the South Caucasus to the U.S., which
is highly undesirable for Moscow.

Thus, one can easily presume that Russia has "shut the UN door"
before Azerbaijan, which is forcing its way into by hook or by crook.