Nagnorno-Karabakh Welcomes Vienna Meeting

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STEPANAKERT (Arka)— David Babayan, a spokesman for Nagorno-Karabakh president, has welcomed today the May 16 meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in Vienna, Austria, describing it as the first push for the renewal of the Karabakh peace process.

During the meeting mediated by the United States, Russia and France late on Monday Serzh Sarkisian of Armenia and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan agreed to work out safeguards against ceasefire violations around Nagorno-Karabakh and resume their search for a compromise peace deal.

The two presidents will meet again in early June in an attempt to revive the Karabakh peace process, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and France’s State Secretary for Europe Affairs Harlem Desir said after co-hosting the talks.

Speaking to Novosti-Armenia news agency today David Babayan said after the Azerbaijan aggression against Karabakh in early April the negotiation process was practically in a coma and the May 16 meeting is the first attempt to resuscitate the negotiation process.

“The most important thing is that the parties are required to comply strictly with the provisions of the 1994-95 ceasefire agreements. This means that the international community will not tolerate any action to change the current military and political balance of forces in the region. It is also important that these agreements were tripartite, thus Nagorno-Karabakh must also participate in the maintenance of peace and stability and implementation of the provisions of the agreements,” said Babayan.

“The statements made in Vienna are really encouraging. Of course, we do not look at them through ‘rose-colored glasses’ because Azerbaijan is an unpredictable, terrorist country. They breached the ceasefire again on May 17 overnight killing a serviceman of Karabakh defense army,’ he said.

The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Foreign Ministry also issued an announcement, welcoming the talks in Vienna:

“We commend the meeting of Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan held on May 16 in Vienna with participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Secretary of State of the United States and the Minister of State for European Affairs of France, and support the agreement reached at the meeting to finalize the OSCE investigative mechanism, to expand the existing Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Office, as well as to continue the exchange of data on missing persons under the auspices of the ICRC.

We also share the position of co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, excluding any possibility of a military solution to the conflict and insisting on the importance of respecting the ceasefire agreements of 1994 and 1995.

These agreements that put an end to large-scale hostilities and thus created the opportunity for finding a peaceful settlement to the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict, have been achieved thanks to full participation of all three parties – Azerbaijan, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Armenia, in the negotiations. The logic of the settlement process requires the restoration of negotiations on finding a final solution to the conflict in that very trilateral format.”

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  1. edward demian said:

    I hope there’s a punitive proviso in this agreement. Such as territorial losses on the part of the truce violators. Also, a qualitative aspect as well; a simple bullet fired is one violation, a bullet that kills is a far more serious offense. Heavy machine gun fire is yet another more serious offense, mortar fire according to caliber, Grad rockets yet higher. Military versus civilian targeting.
    “One violation does it all” is not good bargaining. Unless you want to trade bullets for “grads” with the enemy. The punitive factor has to be according to a point gradation system, with clear cut territorial losses before the conclusion of the peace treaty. One hectare of Azery territory will not bring back the life of the lost patriot, but will go a long way to make his sacrifice meaningful for the country. The total number of victims to Azery aggression, should be the total number of Azery land that NK and Armenia should claim as compensation. Shahumian should be on the table, Other parts of former NK that is under Azery control, as well as all parts of historic NK and Artsackh should be on the table. Gerrymandering and ethnic cleansing cannot be tolerated and rewarded. And if Azerbaijan wants a piece treaty with Armenia, than Nachichevan should be on the table too. Azerbaijan needs to realize, that historically it was part of Armenia, ant that for a bunch of homeless Tatar nomads they did good in the last 200 years, and that they wound up with the better real estate. The “oil and Gas” view properties. Otherwise, we could just take over their oil, declare a Caucasus wealth sharing plan where all the nations of the Caucasus share the oil and gas proceeds. Like Donald Trump says: Trust me. Everyone will love the plan.

  2. Stepan said:

    What value do we place on the lives of our brave young soldier?I am cautiously disappointed in these announcements. What’s different. A unilateral attack, war crimes committed and we are to believe that Azerbaijan is committed to the cease fire. To add insult , one of our soldier is killed in the middle of the night after this meeting.
    The Armenians should not participate until NKR is at the table and the snipers/ artillery are removed. Playing nice guy so the OSCE foreign minister look like they are adding value does nothing. Be strong…be respected.

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