POSSIBILITY OF RESUMPTION OF MILITARY OPERATIONS IN KARABAKH IS GROWING WITH EVERY PASSING DAY, THOMAS DE WAAL THINKS
by Nana Martirosyan

ARMINFO
Wednesday, July 3, 11:12

Azerbaijan wants no resumption of military operations in
Nagorno-Karabakh, because it may lose what it has gained over the last
20 years, Thomas de Waal, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment,
said at a press conference in Yerevan on Tuesday.

The expert thinks that despite the bravado language used by Azerbaijan,
war is hardly probable in Karabakh now. However, the possibility of
resumption of military actions is growing with every passing day, he
said. Waal thinks that the Karabakh conflict is of political nature,
because it is not a priority for the Azeri society.

In the meantime, the expert said that the new Azeri generation is
more aggressive towards Armenians. He added that Russia and Turkey
are interested in the conflict settlement most of all, but their
interests diverge, so, they will exert no pressure on Baku or Yerevan.

Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan, in turn,
said that the OSCE Minsk Group cannot resolve the Karabakh conflict,
because it is not their goal. "They have three goals: to contribute
to continuation of the talks, to ensure internationalism of the peace
process and to maintain the status quo. Subsequently, it is senseless
to expect them to give any solutions", he stressed. He added that
the Karabakh conflict is "too young" to be resolved.

To note, Thomas de Waal has come to Armenia to present the second
volume of his book "Black Garden. Armenia and Azerbaijan through
Peace and War" dedicated to the Karabakh conflict.