TBILISI(Public Radio of Armenia) — The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs held a closed-door meeting on the Nagorno Karabakh settlement last week, featuring Western diplomats and experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Artsakh.
President of the Helsinki Initiative/92 Nagorno-Karabakh Committee Karen Ohanjanyan was one of the experts attending the Tbilisi meeting. Ohanjanyan told Public Radio of Armenia that “Azerbaijanis seemed concerned.”
“We learned a very important thing, and we got to know the position of Azerbaijan. Knowing that they do not benefit from the attacks and are unable to win through military means, they lay emphasis on the continuation of the negotiation process, and they want Artsakh to join the talks,” Ohanjanyan said.
Artsakh President Spokesperson David Babayan said “Artsakh should participate in the development of any document.”
Political scientist Sergey Minasyan, who participated in the closed-door meeting on behalf of Armenia, said the meeting was different from all others as it featured no representatives of the civil society, only experts, including ones from Western countries.
“It became clear from the meeting that there is no real threat of change in the OSCE Minsk Group format, something Baku and Ankara long for,” he said.
Minasyan added that Turkey’s interference is now impossible also because of the Russian-Turkish crisis. “This country has lost the levers of interference not only in Syria, but also the South Caucasus,” he said.
Meanwhile, defense cooperation between Armenia and Artsakh were discussed in Stepanakert on March 14.
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakian met head of the General Staff of the Republic of Armenia’s Armed forces, colonel-general Yuri Khachaturov.
Issues related to army building and cooperation between the two Armenian states in this sphere were discussed.
Artsakh Republic Defense Minister Levon Mnacakanyan also participated in the meeting.