Italy’s leading international affairs think-tank, Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome, in November published a report authored by LINKS Director, Dennis Sammut, entitled “After Kazan: a defining moment for the OSCE Minsk Process.” The report says that the lack of progress in the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is a matter of increased concern to the international community. After the failure to achieve a breakthrough at the summit in Kazan in June 2011, questions have arisen about the effectiveness of the OSCE Minsk Process, the international mechanism that has been entrusted with the peace negotiations. The mediators have to balance between ensuring that there is no escalation of violence on the line of contact between the sides and pushing forward with efforts to achieve a final peace deal. But the process needs to be revitalized, and many are looking for a more active and visible contribution from the European Union to achieve this.
Read the report in full here