In the political dynamics of the South Caucasus, the dialogue between Armenia and Turkey remains in a state of inertia, as confirmed by Armenian negotiator and Vice President of the National Assembly, Ruben Rubinyan. According to local media source 'Azatutyun', discussions about a potential meeting between the special representatives of the two nations are not currently on the agenda.
Armenia in a Precarious Position
Armenia is grappling with the aftermath of the loss of Nagorny Karabakh, a region deeply rooted in Armenian habitation and heritage. The conflict with Azerbaijan over this region was reignited in 2020, culminating in a military triumph for Azerbaijan. The outcome resulted in the displacement of the entire Armenian population and the abolition of Nagorny Mountainous Karabakh as an Armenian-led autonomous region. Now, Azerbaijan is intent on rewriting this region's century-old history.
Hope for Reopening Borders
Despite the ongoing political turbulence, Armenia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mnatsakan Safaryan, expressed optimism about the potential reopening of the border between Armenia and Turkey. This significant step, which includes the possibility of access for citizens of third countries and diplomatic passport holders, is anticipated to materialize in the near future.
Strive for Regional Stability and Economic Growth
Armenia has shown its readiness to spearhead practical measures for the Crossroads of Peace project. This initiative seeks to foster regional communications by constructing new roads, railways, pipelines, and power lines, thereby restoring the region's crucial role in global interaction. Furthermore, the project aims to bolster security and stability, facilitating economic growth in the region.
A Turkish journalist voiced the sentiment that Armenia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan harbor a mutual desire to establish harmonious relations. This includes the aspiration to put past tensions to rest and the potential exchange of ambassadors between Armenia and Turkey, a move that would significantly enhance diplomatic ties. The prospect of normalized relations between Armenians and Turks was also underscored.