Return of Nagorno-Karabakh To Azerbaijan Impossible, Former OSCE Co-Chair Says

Former French OSCE Co-Chair Jacques Faure
Former French OSCE Co-Chair Jacques Faure

Former French OSCE Co-Chair Jacques Faure

(YEREVAN)–Former French Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Jacques Faure, has said that the return of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan is impossible.

“There are only Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh and they don’t want to change their status,” Faure said at NATO’s Rose-Roth seminar in Yerevan. “Therefore, the return of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan is not possible anymore.”

Faure disagrees with the opinion that the Minsk Group fails to take decisive steps to solve the Arstakh conflict. He added that the mediators coordinate their actions with the schedule of the leaders of the conflicting parties.

“If the Presidents have no time, the mediators can do nothing,” the former Co-Chair said.

He noted that an arms race has started in the region, and that Azerbaijan’s military budget is larger than the overall budget of Armenia. According to Faure, it’s necessary to demonstrate political will to make mutual concessions.

Some have assumed that Azerbaijan will again resort to violence after the European Games, but the former Co-Chair says, “Azerbaijan will lose a lot.”

“First of all, it will lose its standing on the international arena, and no one will be willing to invest in a country at war,” he said.

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