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Forecast: Negotiations are in deadlock and no progress should be expected in 2020

Negotiations to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are in deadlock, and no special prospects or progress should be expected in 2020. 

A similar opinion  was expressed to ArmInfo by Ambassador Extraordinary and  Plenipotentiary, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Arman  Navasardyan.

"In this light, Armenia simply needs to come up with alternative  methods that allow us to comply with our own national interests.  Today, we, a group of experts, are seriously engaged in developing  the idea of creating a united Armenia based on federal or confederate  principle," he emphasized.

According to the diplomat, in any case, Yerevan must abandon the  "Madrid principles" of settlement.  Armenia's participation in the  negotiations on the basis of such a document is assessed by  Navasardyan as Yerevan's biggest diplomatic mistake. According to  him, the implementation of the principles will lead to the loss of  Artsakh. The loss of Artsakh by the Armenian people will entail the  loss of Armenia itself.

According to the diplomat, the Lavrov's Plan and the paragraphs of  the latest report of the International Crisis Group are also  unacceptable for the Armenian people. The surrender of even an inch  of the Artsakh territory, in his opinion, would jeopardize the whole  of Artsakh. In this light, Navasardyan assesses the Lavrov Plan as a  document that is very beneficial for Azerbaijan and is constructed on  the basis of all the same principles.

One of the omissions of the government of Nikol Pashinyan, the  diplomat considers the lack of a foreign policy concept. Meanwhile,  in his opinion, the foreign policy roadmap is a necessity for  Armenia. It is the absence of such roadmap that causes Armenia to  stomp on the spot in anticipation of certain processes from the  outside that make Yerevan show a reaction.

Since 1992, the OSCE Minsk Group, represented by the co-chairs from  Russia, the USA and France, has been engaged in the settlement of the  Karabakh conflict. Currently, the settlement process is nominally  proceeding on the basis of the "Madrid principles" put forward by the  OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in 2007 in Madrid and updated in 2009,  which, among other things, envisage the deployment of a peacekeeping  contingent in the conflict zone.