September 17, 2013 - 19:00 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Baku’s incessant bellicose statements prove a fact that hasn’t been a secret to anyone – Azerbaijan hasn’t the least intention to contribute to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement. Recent statement by Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman proves the above-mentioned.
Commenting on the demand of the international organizations to withdraw snipers from the line of contact, Eldar Sabiroglu said, “Azerbaijan refuses to do it. We won’t be pulling snipers till the end of the war.”
International organizations, advocating the Nagornao Karabakh settlement have been demanding to withdraw snipers from 2011. The demand came from OSCE Minsk Group, among others, with co-chairs, as well as the Presidents of the co-chairing countries –Russia, France and U.S. – urging to pull snipers.
Continuing Azeri provocations came as one of the reasons for the demand, with the formers leading to the death of Artsakh and Armenian servicemen, and peaceful population as well. Seems like Azerbaijan is blatantly ignoring the demand of superpowers, with the latters expecting to silently digest this affront as they did before.
For many years, Azerbaijan has managed to go unpunished for hindering Karabakh conflict settlement efforts, ignoring urges to observe ceasefire, develop mechanisms of investigation of incidents at contact line, undermining peace talks, threatening a new war, purchasing inordinate amounts of weaponry in violation of international norms.
Clearly, total impunity affects the ability to recognize limits, so this time, Baku chose not to wiggle as usual, when pretending to be ready to solve the conflict. This time, Azerbaijan raised its voice. What’s the reason behind Azeri leadership’s impudence? Might be, the oncoming presidential polls in the country, or slight cooling of Europe-Armenia relations following Yerevan’s decision to join the Customs Union. So Baku used of the situation to push its agenda.
Let’s wait and see, whether Azeri impudence will be tolerated again or if the superpowers, ignored by Baku, will choose to put the insolent country in its place.