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
The statements by US President Barack Obama and a newly appointed co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick, that time has come for the compromise settlement of the Karabakh conflict, are not connected with Armenia's intention to join the Customs Union, deputy director of the Caucasus Institute, political expert, Sergey Minasyan, told Arminfo correspondent.
"I am confident that Obama's letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and a statement by the co-chair Warlick were written before the statement by President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan about the intention to join the Customs Union", - the expert said. He thinks that "Obama proved once again continuation of the previous policy of the USA, in particular, the negotiating process format and the necessity only of peaceful settlement of the conflict. In such a way he approved Warlick's candidacy as a co-chair", - the expert said.
To recall, President of the United States Barack Obama has sent a letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The letter reads: "Dear President, on the occasion of his first official visit to Baku, I would like to convey to you my full support for Ambassador James Warlick as the new U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. His recent appointment is a strong signal of the United States' enduring and unequivocal commitment to helping the sides reach a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is my hope that Ambassador Warlick's wealth of diplomatic experience and your government's desire for progress will bring new energy to the co-chairmanship, and to the peace process. I support your efforts to take advantage of opportunities for direct dialogue with Armenia in the months ahead, and to avail yourself of the co-chairs` time and expertise to move beyond the current impasse in negotiations. With the outlines of a compromise already well established, now is the time for a renewed effort to bring peace to the region."