RUSSIAN POLITICAL SCIENTIST DOUBTS NEXT OSCE SUMMIT ON NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT WILL BE EFFICIENT

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28 September 2010 [16:25]

The effectiveness of an OSCE summit to be held in Kazakhstan in
December to address the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is doubtful, Alexei
Vlasov, Director-General of the Information and Analytical Center for
Study of the Social and Political Processes in Post-Soviet Space at
the M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, said.

"Kazakhstan unsuccessfully tried to formulate a roadmap for both
sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Vlasov said at a meeting
with journalists in Moscow. "However, most likely, intermediaries at
the summit in Kazakhstan will not achieve any significant results."

A recent visit to the South Caucasus region by Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev showed that Russia wants to simultaneously rely on
Baku and Yerevan, Vlasov said.

Vlasov said that in the near future one can expect Baku and Yerevan
to sign a document on non-use of force in resolution of the frozen
dispute. However, the expert doubts that Azerbaijan will agree to
that under current conditions.

According to Vlasov, there is currently a pause in the negotiations
and no real resolution of the conflict is in sight.

"Moscow maneuvers in the South Caucasus between Armenia and Azerbaijan
and, ideally, both countries could become Russia's points of support
in the region," Vlasov said.

Moscow needs to show that the process goes on, and furthermore, that
it is the chief moderator, so the Kremlin will continue to initiate
meetings of the parties, he believes.




From: A. Papazian