Feb 22 2011

Optimistic statements of US new ambassador in Azerbaijan show that
the world community is concerned over running conflict to the forced

The next trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and
Armenia in Sochi will be held on 5 March, US ambassador in Azerbaijan
Matthew Bryza told journalists recently.

Milli Majlis deputy, political scientist Rasim Musabeyov commented on
the importance of the meetings of the three presidents amid growing
tensions on the Karabakh front.

"Until recently most experts believed that there is no meaning to
continue presidential meetings under the Russian mediation, since no
effect was achieved from such a format of negotiations in the past
two years.

There is an impression that further attempts to continue peace talks
become senseless due to the position of the Armenian side, which
ignores the new proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group", Musabeyov said.

"However, the recent new phase of activeness of the Minsk Group
co-chairs, their arrival to the region, optimistic statements of US new
ambassador in Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza show that the world community
is concerned over running the conflict to the forced settlement.

I think if the parties have agreed to one more meeting in Sochi, it
means there is a subject for discussion and there is a need to hear
opposite opinion. However, a greater part of the expert community is
growing pessimistic about the recent effectiveness of the activity
of the OSCE Minsk Group and Russian initiatives on holding trilateral
meetings on a higher level", the MM deputy said.

It should be noted that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told in an
exclusive interview with Russian Mir television and radio company:
"If we are asked to agree on independence of Nagorno Karabakh, the
negotiations will have no prospects".

"According to Rasim Musabeyov, this message has already been voiced
by the president of Azerbaijan to explain that Azerbaijan's position
is changeless. The Armenian side also voice statements of the opposite

However, if the presidents meet in Sochi, there are conditions
to continue talks on peace settlement of the Karabakh conflict",
Musabeyov concluded.

From: A. Papazian