Steinbach: During Karabakh war, int'l community showed it has its own agenda
Steinbach: During Karabakh war, int'l community showed it has its own agendaThe past 30 years’ experience has shown that it seems both sides cannot come to a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
The experience of the past 30 years has shown that seemingly both sides could not come to a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Udo Steinbach, professor at the German University of Marburg, told Report, commenting on the results of the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"The international community, on the other side, has shown that it has an agenda of its own (if at all it has an agenda). The EU has not felt an urgency to engage itself as a mediator; obviously, it sees the conflict as marginal in terms of its interests. The US focuses on Georgia to win the country over to an anti-Russian posture. And Russia may feel satisfied to have come back as a decisive actor in the South Caucasus. Still, Moscow feels embarrassed over the democratic agenda of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan," Steinbach noted.
He added that the return of internally displaced persons to their native lands, which they left 30 years ago, and the restoration of the destroyed infrastructure in the liberated territories is quite a costly business that will require significant investments.