Russian Expert says Stepanakert’s Participation in Talks Necessary

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Stepanakert’s participation in the negotiation process is necessary, said Valery Naumkin, director of the Russian Center of Strategic and Political Studies and Co-chair of the Dartmouth Conference on Nagorno-Karabakh,
"I would not like to criticize the OSCE Minsk Group. Our format doesn’t replace the processes going on within the OSCE. These two formats are mutually complementary: if the Minsk group functions at the level of state diplomacy, the Dartmouth Conference organizes a dialogue at the level of civil publics," the Russian expert said.
"Nagorno Karabakh is a party to the Dartmouth Conference and we suppose that there will be no progress in the talks without Stepanakert’s participation," adding, "any agreement signed by the state leaders is put into practice by people living in those states and if the diplomats’ groundwork doesn’t justify people’s expectations, it will never be successful."
"History knows many cases when agreemen’s remained on paper. Presidential talks are insufficient," Numkin said in an interview with Argumenty I Fakty Armenia. "Our format aims at a public dialogue."

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