President Dmitry Medvedev has said the conflict over the Nagorno Karabakh region between Azerbaijan and Armenia can be settled any day if the two conflicting Caucasus states agree to compromise.
“I think this is perhaps the only conflict in the post-Soviet area that could be settled today,” Medvedev said in an interview to the Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, released Saturday.
“Everything depends on the parties’ goodwill and on their ability and willingness to listen to each other,” he added.
Inter-ethnic conflict between the two Caucasus states erupted in the late 1980’s and resulted in the secession of the Nagorno Karabakh region from Azerbaijan, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and Azeris. Russia has been mediating peace talks for nearly two decades.
“I have made mediation efforts over the last few years that have resulted in eight trilateral meetings, bringing the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia together,” Medvedev said. “The two sides have been able to set out their views and arguments in a frank and honest fashion and this is all part of the mediator’s job.”