Talking to reporters on Monday, historian Gevorg Melkonyan commented on the Armenian-Azerbaijani presidential meeting.
According to him, the OSCE Minsk Group felt a greater need for such a meeting to highlight its role in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.
“A significant part of society had no serious expectations about the Vienna meeting. In his interview, the Armenian president said that he did not trust Azerbaijan’s statements that they have no intention to resume hostilities and are ready for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict,” Mr Melkonyan said.
The meeting was aimed at making the conflicting parties sit down at the negotiating table and show the world efforts at a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
“Both Armenian and Azerbaijani societies began feeling doubts about the OSCE Minsk Group’s ability to find a settlement of the conflict. At the Vienna meeting, the Minsk Group, in the person of the co-chairs, attempted to show its power and ability to press both the sides to settle the problem in a diplomatic way,” Mr Melkonyan said.
I would be naïve to think that a negotiated settlement of the problem is possible as Azerbaijan has for the last decade been inclined to a military settlement.