Publication: Armed Conflict Survey 2015
14 April 2015
There were no breakthroughs in the Armenia–Azerbaijan peace process in 2014, despite a series of meetings between the countries at the ministerial and presidential levels. In fact, the sides were barely able to maintain the status quo. In summer and autumn, fighting intensified as tensions reached their highest levels in years. While this did not result in full-blown war, the instability of the ceasefire was demonstrated by clashes of a kind unseen since 1994.
Summitry without substance
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met Edward Nalbandian, his Armenian counterpart, in Paris on 24 January, under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group co-chairs. The conference came amid increased tensions between the countries after a shooting along the Line of Contact (LoC). While both ministers reiterated their willingness to negotiate, they were unable to achieve substantive results. In March, Mammadyarov and Nalbandian participated in separate, back-to-back consultations with the Minsk Group co-chairs. Although both sides expressed concern over the lack of a settlement, they were again unable to take steps towards a lasting peace.