OSCE MG co-chairs pub­li­cize pur­pose of their South Cau­ca­sus tour

Azer News - - Front Page - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will urge the sides of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict to build upon the re­duc­tion in ten­sions dur­ing the visit to the South Cau­ca­sus re­gion.

The OSCE Minsk Group cochairs will urge the sides of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict to build upon the re­duc­tion in ten­sions dur­ing the visit to the South Cau­ca­sus re­gion.

The OSCE Minsk Group CoChairs Igor Popov (Rus­sia), Ste­fan Vis­conti (France) and An­drew Chauf­feur (U.S.) ar­rived in Yere­van on Oc­to­ber 29.

“The Minsk Group co-chairs are vis­it­ing the re­gion now, as a part of their man­date. Dur­ing the visit they are re­view­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion, urg­ing the sides to build upon the re­duc­tion in ten­sions that has fol­lowed the ar­range­ments reached by the lead­ers in Dushanbe in Sep­tem­ber, and dis­cussing ways to in­ten­sify the ne­go­ti­a­tion process and other next steps,” said the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Although 2018 sees the 30-year an­niver­sary of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, it is still too early to talk about the res­o­lu­tion of this long-last­ing con­flict which se­ri­ously un­der­mines sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

The OSCE Minsk Group spear­heads the OSCE's ef­forts to find a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the NagornoKarabakh con­flict. It is co-chaired by France, the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, and the United States. Un­for­tu­nately, the ef­forts made by this or­ga­ni­za­tion to put an end to this con­flict by diplo­matic means have not brought re­sults so far. The sta­tus quo in the NagornoKarabakh con­flict has not changed since the be­gin­ning of the OSCE Minsk Group ac­tiv­i­ties on the set­tle­ment.

The OSCE stated that the cochairs re­main ac­tively en­gaged in help­ing the sides reach a ne­go­ti­ated peace­ful set­tle­ment of the con­flict and this visit is a con­tin­u­a­tion of those ef­forts.

The main task of the group is to as­sist the peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nian-Azer­bai­jani con­flict and the peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict through peace­ful means.

For nearly 25 years, the ef­forts of the OSCE Minsk Group on the set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh prob­lem are wasted and bring no re­sults. Un­less the in­ac­tiv­ity of the Minsk Group and non-con­struc­tive po­si­tion of Ar­me­nia stops, the find­ing of a so­lu­tion seems to be im­pos­si­ble.

Ar­me­nia broke out a lengthy war against Azer­bai­jan by lay­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims on the coun­try. Since a war in the early 1990s, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

To this day, Ar­me­nia has not im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from the NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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