Lithuania, which headed the OSCE during 2011, hosts the 18th meeting of the Ministerial Council in Vilnius. About 40 foreign ministers and other senior officials from 56 member states of the organisation are attending the meeting. The conflicts in the OSCE were one of the key issues.
Almost every representative of the member states stressed the need at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting to promote the settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. However, this quite a usual procedure and to date there has never been a breakthrough in the negotiations between Baku and Yerevan. Realising this, representatives of the OSCE member states have emphasised the futility of the efforts of the chief mediator in the conflict – the Minsk Group.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that the last proposals of the updated Madrid principles developed by the co-chairmen of the three countries were presented to the parties in the conflict. Afterwards, Azerbaijan has declared that it was ready to continue further negotiations to develop a comprehensive peace agreement, but, unfortunately Armenia has rejected these proposals.
The mediators stressed that real progress in the negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh was not achieved.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was more straightforward in his view and said that the protracted conflicts in the OSCE area undermine the reliability of the organisation.
Ultimately, the mediators cannot do anything with Armenia’s unhelpful position. Armenia is like a bad pupil who fears the teacher will shake his shoulders and hides behind his comrades so as not to be called to the blackboard. In other words, Yerevan is trying to preserve the status quo, which is unacceptable in terms of all the international players.
Despite all the appeals, it is easier for Yerevan to tighten the process of settlement for an indefinite period. No mediators are able to move it from its entrenched position by using the current instruments of impact on the occupier country.