Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It is important that the South Caucasus does not turn into an area of competition between outside powers - Expert-Exclusive

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The reporter of Eurasia Diary took an interview with Dennis Sammut, Director of LINKS (Dialogue- Analysis and Research)

Eurasia Diary: Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace has been operating since December, 2016. Some public activists both from Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to participate in this platform in order to create peaceful dialogue between civil societies of two nations. The aim of Armenia-Azerbaijan for Peace contributes to the settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the establishment of long-term armistice between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. From your opinion, is public diplomacy crucial means for the solution of conflict between two Caucasian nations?
Dennis Sammut: At the moment the Karabakh conflict is the single most serious threat to peace in the Caucasus region. The search for a peaceful solution must be pursued with a sense of urgency. This is not only a challenge for the governments, but for the whole of society in both Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the international community must be ready to support this process in different ways.
I have always supported people to people contacts across the conflict divide, and many meetings and initiatives have taken place over the last two decades, but what has been done is still a drop in the ocean. This work needs to be expanded significantly.  ... 

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