(Mirror Spectator) Statements were issued and news appeared which indicated that the ministers had been spinning their wheels, as usual.
The ministers have made contradictory statements while the OSCE statement has tried to paper over the differences, counting among their contributions to the parties prisoner exchanges, journalists’ visits between the two countries, the relaxation of tensions on the border and the willingness of the two ministers to meet again in the future.
After considering many plans over the years and contemplating solutions, the Azeri foreign miniser has reverted to Azerbaijan’s original demands which allow no room for compromise. […]
The director of the Caucasus Institute, Alexander Iskandaryan, does not see the possibility of the long-term or even short-term resumption of hostilities. Nor does he find realistic the OSCE statement that the “status quo is unacceptable.” He believes the status quo will remain at the expense of continued losses on both sides. Iskandaryan states: “The parties are not ready for a compromise. Armenia’s concept of compromise does not match that of Azerbaijan. For Azerbaijan, a compromise solution is a return to the situation before 1988, which actually is a non-starter. Armenia calls a compromise the preservation of the current situation and in addition the recognition of Karabakh, which Azerbaijanis are not ready to discuss.” […]
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