YEREVAN. – It is impossible to find a solution to the conflict without Karabakh, and such an attempt led to the resignation of Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, political analyst Alexander Iskandaryan said.
According to him, the conflict will not be resolved until Karabakh joins the parties at the negotiating table, since it can simply block any solution that is not acceptable to it.
“Azerbaijan’s refusal to see Stepanakert at the negotiating table is explained by the fact that Baku does not want to resolve the conflict, and Aliyev uses the negotiations as a tool to solve internal problems. However, not a single conflict is eternal, and Azerbaijan will sit at the negotiating table with Karabakh sooner or later. This will happen only when Baku really wants to resolve the conflict. This is unlikely to happen in the near future,” Iskandaryan added.
Commenting on the recent meeting of Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev during the Munich Security Conference, the expert noted that the sides had told each other what they have been saying for a long time.
“The only result specifically from the meeting between Aliyev and Pashinyan in Munich is that the parties presented to the European public their unpreparedness for concessions,” he added.
Despite Aliyev’s rhetoric, he is not withdrawing from the negotiations that are based on the Madrid Principles, Iskandaryan said, recalling that the principles imply dividing the territories into two group, some territories will remain under control of Armenia and Karabakh, some will be handed over to Baku.