Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by David Stepanyan
There will be no official reaction from Baku. Moreover, the authorities will prevent any information on it in the Azerbaijani media outlets. Remarks came from Arif Yunusov, Head of the Department for Conflict Studies and Migration, Institute of Peace and Democracy (Baku), in response to a question from ArmInfo about NKR Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Aghabekyan's latest suggestion to use waters of the River of Tartar and Sarsang Reservoir jointly with Azerbaijan.
"Unfortunately, since the beginning of the Karabakh conflict many humanitarian issues have become a prey to political collisions. For instance, in 1992 Azerbaijan officially applied to Armenia with a request to set up a joint committee on POWs. My wife then worked at the Defense Ministry and personally made that request. In response, the Armenian party declared that Armenia was allegedly not involved in the conflict and its citizens were not in the territory of Azerbaijan and did not fell in captivity. Therefore, the Armenian party said, Azerbaijan needed to apply to the authorities of Nagorno Karabakh," Yunusov said.
He said that there were numerous such examples. Consequently, it is, at least, naive to think that Azerbaijan will accept that suggestion in a situation when the conflicting parties care for the political side of the issue, first and foremost.