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The EU cannot remain a passive observer of the Karabakh conflict. EPC Commentary, 7 April 2016

Paul, Amanda and Sammut, Dennis (2016) The EU cannot remain a passive observer of the Karabakh conflict. EPC Commentary, 7 April 2016. [Policy Paper]

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    When Federica Mogherini visited the South Caucasus in March, she was quoted as saying that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was a top priority for the EU. Facts, however, do not seem to match the words of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. As violent clashes in the conflict zone unfolded over the past week, the EU was a passive observer, with few visible signs of engagement apart from a cursory phone call urging Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint. The escalation has shown how quickly and dangerously the situation can develop, and the unassailable nature of the Line of Contact (LoC). If the diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict show no progress, a repetition is very probable. Furthermore, it is likely the next incident will be more devastating in human and material costs than this recent one, and may not be contained so quickly. The EU needs to be part of the renewed diplomatic effort.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Azerbaijan
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Commentary
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 11:39
    Number of Pages: 2
    Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016 11:39

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