Following the trilateral meeting between Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on August 10, Armenia’s President Sargsyan gave an interview to ArmNews TV. Here we present a portion from that interview.
“We generally proceed from the fact that there is no military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, and if so, then the problem should be resolved through negotiations. Therefore, without any formalities nor making ceremonies, we have always agreed to meet, especially in high-level meetings, and this one was no exception. We immediately responded to Russia’s invitation to meet in Sochi, and as you can see, the meeting took place,” President Serzh Sargsyan said following his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.
Asked whether the recent incidents on the border were discussed in Sochi, Serzh Sargsyan replied that it would not have been possible to omit them as they were an integral part of the negotiation process.
“The latest incidents could not be bypassed for the prevention of incidents is an integral part of the negotiation process. But a separate agreement, as such, was not made based on the fact that it is automatically assumed. I do not think it makes sense to talk about a new agreement, because I cannot see the difference between the timings, the more so that in 1994 and 1995 two agreements were concluded and the parties are supposed to comply with the requirements of these agreements. It would make difference, if there were new provisions based on which a new agreement could be signed on definitive non-use of military force. That is a higher level than the ceasefire agreement. In general, the issue has repeatedly been raised by the mediators and ourselves, but we still do not see Azerbaijan react positively,” said the President, expressing the viewpoint that the intensity of border incidents will not be the same.
The President suggested the formation of an international investigation mechanism as the most effective mechanism for preventing incidents. “Generally, the most effective tool for preventing incidents is the creation of an international mechanism of investigations. If we could establish such a mechanism, I think it would be a major boost in many cases, because such a mechanism implies identification of perpetrators and informing the public, including the international community. So, we need to work in this direction,” Sargsyan said.
On August 10 a trilateral meeting between the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took place in Sochi, where they discussed the Karabakh issue and highlighted the importance of its peaceful settlement.
During the last two weeks there was an escalation of tensions along the Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact and along the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which resulted in over two dozen casualties, mainly the Azerbaijani side.