LINKS inclusive approach to resolution of Karabakh conflict reflected at Oxford Conference.

The report of the Conference “The impact of international and regional developments on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process” which was held at Oxford University on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 has just been released. The meeting was organized by the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC) at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and LINKS (Dialogue-Analysis-Research). It took place within the framework of the EPNK process, supported by the European Union, and brought together more than sixty academics, diplomats, politicians, analysts and NGO activists from the South Caucasus and wider Europe.

You can read or download the summary of proceedings here.

A spokesperson for LINKS, the London based organisation that initiated the Oxford event, said the Conference offered a space for different stakeholders to discuss issues related to the Karabakh conflict, and the opportunity to look at them in the wider context of ongoing developments in Europe and Eurasia. The event was attended by the recently appointed European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Ambassador Herbert Salber, who presented a candid view of the current situation as perceived by the European Union. Diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia as well as academics, experts and activists from the region and wider Europe participated in the lively one-day event. The spokesman added,

“LINKS supports an inclusive approach for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. This necessitates the participation of all relevant stakeholders. The attendance in the conference reflected this approach. Oxford University provided the right environment and atmosphere for a mature discussion of a difficult topic. A number of very important suggestions and ideas on how the Karabakh peace process can be taken forward, on the role of the international community, and on the development of confidence building measures  – were presented to the conference, and they are included in the summary of proceedings. We very much hope that Governments in the region, the international community and civil society will study these ideas and take at least some of them forward in 2015.”