June 29 2012

2013 will be a test year in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict, chief editor of the Caucasus Bulletin news and analytical
agency, deputy dean of the History Department of Moscow State
University and member of the Trend Expert Council, political analyst,
Alexei Vlasov believes.

"Recent developments on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian
troops show that the world faces a threat," he said in Baku at a
press conference on the topic 'Azerbaijani-Russian cooperation on
the modern stage and current situation in the region'.

He said Russia is one of the most important mediators in the
resolution of the conflict, but Baku and Yerevan should demonstrate
their political will.

Besides Russia, the OSCE Minsk Group includes other states, but no
one achieved any progress, although the Russian president demonstrated
political will and wasted time, Vlasov said.

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also did not make any distinct
strategic proposal to address the conflict during her recent visit
to the region and the mediators have problems," he added.

In turn, director general of the Russian Centre for Political Situation
Sergei Mikheyev believes that "today Russia cannot influence the
situation and that time has been lost".

"Baku and Yerevan have the key to solve the problem," he said at the
press conference.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. -
are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.

From: Baghdasarian