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Warlick: The new government in Armenia opens up a new opportunity for the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Warlick: The new government in Armenia opens up a new opportunity for the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Friday, 01 March, 2019, 10:00

In these newly created situation new opportunities are being opened up for the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The former Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, now the co-worker at the Russian law firm, Ambassador James Warlick said about this in the interview given to America’s Voice: ‘It seems, president Aliev accepts that new opportunities has been opened up. I believe, in this conditions co-chairs work to organize an official summit between the two leaders of the states’.

The retired ambassador, who currently presents the largest Russian law firm Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev& Partners founded by Vladimir Putin’s coursemate and friend Nikolay Egorov in Washington, points out that he doesn’t share the view that Moscow is not interested in the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict:

‘Three years working as a co-chair I didn’t see any proof of that. On the contrary, I worked with the government of Russia, saw their interest in the resolution case, and I can say that it’s reasonable: Russia has many other problems in the world and wouldn’t like the conflict on its borders, between its traditional friends Armenia and Azerbaijan to intensify’.

Earlier, one more former US representative of the Minsk Group, retired Ambassador Richard Hoagland told America’s Voice, that there are some sectors in Russia that are not interested in the full resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, because, as a result, the Kremlin will lose the important lever of having an impact on Yerevan and Baku. As Ambassador James Warlick said, over the time the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ‘doesn’t cool down’, but becomes more dangerous. So, they should resolve it and, in his words, get rid of the clouds shrouding the future of the two countries in a mist as soon as possible:

‘Do you think that one more Armenian generation wants to live under this cloud? Surely, not! The same refers to the Azerbaijanis. Do you really think that the Azerbaijani people want to transmit this issue to the succeeding generations? Surely, not!’

In James Warlicks words, the principles of the conflict resolution are unchanging and well-known. Now they are included in the famous document called ‘Lavrov Plan’, which, however, Ambassador Warlick prefers not to call by Sergey Lavrov’s name:

‘That principles are not a state secret. The resolution sketches were discussed for many years, and it is demanded from the sides to take confident steps to move ahead’.