International Alert recently brought together in Moscow experts on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for a meeting on Developing Agenda for Peacebuilding and Public Dialogue. Armenian, Azerbaijani, Russian and other international analysts and civil society activists took part in the two-day discussions in Moscow.
After the last Armenian-Azerbaijani Public Peace Forum that took place in Vienna in March 2009, this meeting was the first opportunity for Armenian and Azerbaijani experts to jointly reflect on the state of the peacebuilding process in the region and on ways to move the public diplomacy efforts forward. Participants included representatives of the European Union, including the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby and other EU representatives for the region, representatives of the OSCE Minsk Group’s Embassies in Moscow and of other Embassies in the South Caucasus, as well as distinguished experts and analysts from the Russian Federation.
“The Nagorno-Karabakh peacebuilding process is at an important juncture right now”, comments our Eurasia Programme Projects Director Dessislava Roussanova. “There have been important developments taking place in the region in the past few months, like the signing of the Turkish-Armenian protocols that outline the possibility for the two countries to establish diplomatic relations and open their borders. There have also been other re-rapprochements within the negotiations process in regards to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which inevitably create a tense environment in the region but could also present important opportunities to advance the confidence-building process between the sides. The obstacles and opportunities for peacebuilding in the current atmosphere and context were the key issues that were discussed by the participants at the meeting in Moscow”.