Valiyev: For Azerbaijan, using force serves to reinvigorate negotiations and demonstrate "this conflict is not solved"

PONARS Eurasia
15 Apr 2016

(Economist) Few noticed when intense fighting broke out in early April in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Some 50 people were killed over four days, as tanks, helicopters and artillery lit up a long-forgotten front. The revival of the conflict briefly attracted the attention of the international community, as officials from America, the European Union, and Russia all urged calm, aiming to prevent full-scale war from reigniting. After Moscow helped broker a ceasefire, the hostilities slowed; nonetheless, lasting peace remains a fantasy. So what is the Nagorno-Karbakh conflict about? [...]

For Azerbaijan especially, using force serves to reinvigorate negotiations and demonstrate that "this conflict is not solved," says Anar Valiyev, a Baku-based analyst.

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