Analyst: Serious nonpublic diplomatic steps were taken during Karabakh hostilities

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Elusive assessments of intermediary organizations voiced after the beginning of the hostilities at the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan prove that political developments have fallen behind the frontline reality, political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told media, speaking about the four-day Armenian-Azerbaijani hostilities.

“We see that the norms, which should have ensured regional security, did not work, and in terms of containment mechanisms no technology was used,” he said.

The passive stance of international organizations, particularly that of the OSCE Minsk Group, which deals with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, raised a wave of resentment not only at the governmental, but also at the public level. In particular, on April 9, in Yerevan’s Republic Square, a group of citizens held a protest against international organizations.

Melik-Shahnazaryan said that, however, not at the public level, serious diplomatic steps are carried out both with the involvement of the parties, and without their participation to prevent the recurrence of another outbreak of hostilities.

“Its proof is Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Azerbaijan, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Yerevan and Baku, telephone conversations of the president and the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the presidents of the two countries, as well as the meeting between Lavrov and [United States Secretary of State] Kerry,” he said.

The analyst believes that each of the superpowers is trying to take the developments in the region under its control.

“This trend is evident in the actions of the Russian side, which now is not sparing any propaganda resource to prove to the world that the ceasefire has been established by its intermediary actions, simultaneously accusing Turkey of provoking Azerbaijan into resorting to military actions,” he said, adding that the United States, in turn, is trying to strengthen the institution of the OSCE Minsk Group, contrasting the activation of the Minsk Group process with Russia’s actions.