FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS, ARMENIA HAS ONLY PRETENDED TO THINK ABOUT THE PEACE

Champ de mines au Haut-Karabakh

Anastasia Lavrina, political analyst, journalist

Over the past few months, the situation in the South Caucasus region has begun to change rapidly. Great powers, countries of Asia and Europe, express their desire to strengthen and develop relations with Azerbaijan. The reliability and desire of Baku to develop a peace agenda in the region has attracted wide attention. After all, immediately after the end of the 44-day Patriotic war, Azerbaijan made a proposal to Armenia to sign a peace treaty.

Hiding behind a peaceful agenda, Armenia continued to arrange military provocations both on the border with Azerbaijan and in Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Armenia has not yet withdrawn its illegal armed formations from Karabakh, although took the obligation to do it by signing a tripartite statement on November 10, 2020 with Azerbaijan and Russia. Armenia did not provide accurate maps of minefields, and the sabotage groups of this country continued to mine Azerbaijani territories, resulting in the deaths of civilians, journalists and military personnel.

Taking into account all this, Azerbaijan continued to sit down at the negotiating table with Armenia. Several meetings took place in Moscow, Sochi and Brussels. Türkiye and Azerbaijan offered Armenia to work on improving relations and opening borders in the future.

It is worth noting that the policy of the European Union has also changed dramatically. The situation around Ukraine, the need to look for new ways of supplying energy resources and transport communications with Asia forced the EU to reconsider its foreign policy towards Azerbaijan. Acting as one of the effective platforms for negotiations, the EU supported Azerbaijan’s aspirations for peace and the idea of unblocking transport communications. During the last meeting, which took place on August 31, with the participation of President Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President of the European Council Charles Michel, an agreement was reached to start work on a peace agreement. According to the press statement of President Charles Michel following the trilateral meeting, the sides “agree to step up substantive work to advance on the peace treaty governing inter-state relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan and tasked the Foreign Ministers to meet within one month to work on draft texts”. Armenia realized that there is no way back, it’s time to sign a peace agreement with Azerbaijan. No attempts to revive the OSCE Minsk Group have been successful.

However, revanchist circles in this country are not interested in this, and in order to disrupt all peace negotiations, they committed a provocation on the border with Azerbaijan, on the night of September 12-13. The divisions of the Armed Forces of Armenia committed a large-scale provocation in the Dashkesan, Kalbajar and Lachin directions of the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border. Nevertheless, this time, again, another Armenian military provocation was prevented. The Azerbaijan Army completed the assigned tasks professionally in a short. Together with the personnel, the military posts of Armenia, which attacked the positions of the Azerbaijani army, were destroyed. At the moment, the Azerbaijan Army controls all the main transport and communication hubs in this region and is ready to continue to ensure their stable functioning. But, did it solve the problem in general? Not!

The problem will be solved when all Armenian armed formations are withdrawn from Karabakh, the official borders are delimited and demarcated, and a peace treaty is signed. No less important is the change in the approach of the world community to the situation in the South Caucasus region on the issue of Armenia. The problem of the world community is the same as it has been for the last 3 decades – double standards prevail. There was an attempt to violate the territorial integrity of the neighboring state by Armenia. As a result of another provocation, there are those who died in the Azerbaijani army, who gave their lives for the defense of their homeland, they died on their own land. Armenia violates all agreements and destabilizes the situation in the region, while intending to harm existing and emerging economic and transport projects. Azerbaijan, by all means, to the last, is trying to maintain peace in the region. However, in their statements, various politicians in a number of countries only call on the parties for peace.

Justice and law will prevail in this world only when the world community learns to call the aggressors and occupiers by their proper names. If it happened a few years earlier, the Second Karabakh War might have been avoided. As a result of the inaction of international structures, Armenia has become a country that understands only the language of force. Türkiye was one of the first to sensibly assess the situation and made a statement. Thus, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on his Twitter account: “Armenia should cease its provocations and focus on peace negotiations and cooperation with Azerbaijan ».

If Armenia does not calm down, Azerbaijan is ready to give a worthy answer. The question is, does Armenia need this, is it ready for a new war, and is the world community ready for this? If not, then it is better to calm down the revanchists and think about the peace that everyone needs.

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