Appearing as a guest on the “Crossroads of Opinions” talk show hosted by journalist Anna Israelyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan commented on recent developments in the mediation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Noting the recent statement by OSCE Minsk Group’s U.S. Co-Chair Ambassador Richard Hoagland on the elements of the mediation effort, Dr. Shahnazaryan stressed that although “there is nothing new in the document,” what “is most important is not what Ambassador Hoagland said, but what he did not say.”

Shahnazaryan explained that unlike previous statements, Ambassador Hoagland did not refer to the issues of strengthening and monitoring the ceasefire, including Azerbaijan’s failure to fulfill its recent pledges to allow the expansion of the OSCE monitoring mission and the establishment of an “incident investigation mechanism” for ceasefire violations. The significance of that omission, Shahnazaryan pointed out, was rooted in “the fact that the United States does not have a clear policy towards the South Caucasus,” and is supported by the recognition that “today the United States is not ready to increase its role in the Karabakh settlement process.”