The mediation format of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution led by the United States, France and Russia coordinates actions aimed at the peaceful settlement of the conflict. The presidents of these countries have expressed their consolidated approach in five consecutive statements.
The summit meetings in Russia in August, in Wales this month and another in France in October are manifestations of those concerted efforts. The peacekeeping operation has been an integral part of the negotiation package and has never been discussed separately.
The recent violations of the cease-fire were perpetrated by Azerbaijan, which rejects the proposal of the conflict-resolution mediators on the establishment of an investigative mechanism for cease-fire violation. Thus, Azerbaijan is responsible for the escalation.
Spokeswoman, Embassy of Armenia
Washington, Sept. 13, 2014
To the Editor:
Brenda Shaffer is right to call for a more active United States engagement in resolving the protracted Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. Yet she doesn’t clearly identify the real aggressor in this situation, which is Armenia.
Armenia doesn’t just “control” some 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory; it illegally occupies it.
This territory has been subject to thorough ethnic cleansing, a fact widely acknowledged by numerous international legal documents, including Security Council resolutions.
Ms. Shaffer shouldn’t be trying to draw unfortunate parallels between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the aggressor and the victim, respectively.
Instead, as an expert on the region, she should know that the best way to move the peace process forward is to begin the withdrawal of Armenian forces from Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.
Ambassador of Azerbaijan
Washington, Sept. 12, 2014