Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: origins, peacemaking and the role of civil society
International Scientific and Practical Conference, March 13-15, 2017, Baku
In order to expand the peacekeeping mission and involve the political and scientific communities of different countries, the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: origins, peacemaking and the role of civil society” was held in Baku on March 14.
Over 25 years the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh region has been the threat for peace and security in the South Caucasus. This conflict resulted in deaths of tens of thousands of people and over a million became refugees and internally displaced persons. Moreover, 20% of Azerbaijani lands are still under occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces. Over all these years, the resolution of the conflict has not been moved from the dead point, due to both the passivity of the world community in the person of the Minsk Group of the OSCE and the aggressive policy of Armenian leadership who do not recognize the numerous resolutions of the UNO and other organizations calling for the withdrawal of the Armenian Armed Forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
This position led to the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which turned into a short-term resumption of military actions on the line of contact in Karabakh at the beginning of April 2016. As a result, both sides suffered losses and the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were able to liberate some strategically important areas from the Armenian occupation. However, Azerbaijan does not abandon the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and continues to seek a peaceful solution to the issue.