Former OSCE Co-Chair says Absurd not to include Karabakh

PARIS (Combined Sources)-The Former Russian Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassador Vladimir Kazimirov Monday said that any attempt to settle the Karabakh conflict without the participation of Nagorno-Karabakh is absurd.
"It is absolutely clear that no party will get everything it wants," he said. The Community, however, doesn’t want to understand this, he said, adding, that the leaders don’t have enough will and courage to help convince the people of compromise.
Asked if he noticed a readiness by the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities to show political will and if the societies of the two parties can accept the necessity of compromises at this stage, Kazimirov replied that at present there is a shortage of the culture of compromise. He also added that journalists could do much to help germinate the idea of compromise but they don’t dare. As a result, radicals and demagogues deceive both nations, he said.
The attempts to settle the Karabakh conflict without its participation are absurd, he remarked. They must include Karabakh sooner or later. They are losing precious time by not doing so, he added.
Asked if the negotiating process has entered deadlock at present, and if active talks are possible before the end of presidential elections in Armenia and Azerbaijan, Vladimir Kazimirov responded: "You question itself contains the answer. We have to wait for another two years, but this does not promise progress either."
Kazimirov’s statement comes amid a meeting in Paris of the current Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to discuss the Karabakh negotiation process, the results of the separate meetings with Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers, as well as the forthcoming visit to the region. The Co-Chairs are expected to come up with a statement after the meeting.
The mediators will arrive in Armenia on October 24. Issues concerning the current stage of the negotiations on the Karabakh conflict settlement will be discussed during the meetings with the leadership of the country. Republic of Armenia Foreign Ministry Spokesman Vladimir Karapetyan told Armenpress that the Co-Chairs will arrive in the region with new ideas and new formulations of the questions, which have not been agreed upon.
Commenting on the statemen’s of the Azeri Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Khazar Ibrahim, who said "Baku expects that the Minsk Group Co-Chairs will suggest Armenia to demonstrate constructive approach on the Karabakh conflict settlement," Vladimir Karapetyan noted that the Armenian side has always been constructive. "We do not wait for suggestions. We ourselves expect that the process will move forward and yield visible results," the Spokesman’said.

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