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The Implications of the 1993 U.N. Security Council Action for the Settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

Author(s): Rovshan Sadigbayli

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 342;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict | Nagorny Karabakh | UN Security Council resolutions | territorial integrity | OSCE Minsk Process

The article revisits the four resolutions adopted in 1993 by the U.N. Security Council on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It analyses the terminology used in these resolutions viewed within the overall context, in which these resolutions were adopted. It is the premise of this article that these resolutions were the result of the complex web of interrelated factors, which had a decisive impact on the Security Council actions in relation to the conflict. These resolutions reflect the delicate balance between the obligation of the U.N. Security Council to abide by the principles and norms of international law enshrined in the U.N. Charter and address situations threatening international peace and security in an unbiased way and on the other hand safeguarding the interests of the permanent members of the Council. Hence, although the resolutions fell short of pointing finger, they implicitly pointed to the inter-state nature of the conflict, singled out the principles and norms of international law applicable to this conflict, reminded of the inadmissibility of violating those norms and outlined the principles that should provide the overall framework and guidance for the mediation efforts for the conflict settlement pursued in the context of the OSCE Minsk process.
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