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.