Expert Says Karabakh’s Status Determination May Take 10 Years

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The St. Petersburg meeting of Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan was an advance in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement process, deputy director and fellow of Russia and Eurasia Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Cory Welt told a news conference in Yerevan.
“Determination of the status of Nagorno Karabakh may take some 10 years. So, Armenia and Azerbaijan can lead a quiet life. To be honest, we hoped that the sides will come to an agreement, but in vain. I suppose alternative ways of settlement should be sought for,” the U.S. expert said.
Welt underscored that use of force in Karabakh conflict should be prevented by all means. “We should search for a political compromise. However neither of the sides is ready for it,” he said.
Meanwhile in Baku, the head of the foreign affairs department at the executive staff of the Azeri president Novruz Mamedov told reporters Wednesday that the next meeting of the Armenian and Azeri presidents may take place in fall.
He said that after the negotiations of the presidents in St. Petersburg the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs continue their activity.
“Most probably in a while meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers will take place,” Mamedov added.
Mamedov said he could not comment on the results of the meeting of Armenian and Azeri presidents in St. Petersburg.
“A meeting of the two foreign ministers is planned and if there will be a necessity they will prepare the next meeting of the presidents,” he noted, adding that “today there is no information about it,” he said.
Mamedov also did not exclude the possibility of suspending the process of negotiations over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict regulation.

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