OSCE co-chairs ar­rive in Azer­bai­jan

Azer News - - Front Page - By Narmina Mam­madova

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, bro­ker­ing peace for long-last­ing Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict be­tween Armenia and Azer­bai­jan, have vis­ited the re­gion this week as a part of their man­date.

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, bro­ker­ing peace for long-last­ing Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict be­tween Armenia and Azer­bai­jan, have vis­ited the re­gion this week as a part of their man­date.

The Minsk Group co-chairs were vis­it­ing the re­gion to look for ways of so­lu­tion to the con­flict that emerged 30 years ago due to Armenia's ter­ri­to­rial claims to neigh­bor­ing Azer­bai­jan.

Over the past 25 years of their me­di­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties the co-chairs failed to find any so­lu­tion, re­strict­ing them­selves only with declar­a­tive state­ments made af­ter each tour of the re­gion.

How­ever, there are still hopes that the cur­rent re­gional tour of OSCE MG Co-Chairs on the back­ground of re­cent con­ver­sa­tion of Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Nikol Pashinyan will bring the se­cond breath to the peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tion process aimed at the set­tle­ment of the con­flict, de­spite all neg­a­tive trends cur­rently ob­served in Armenia’s po­lit­i­cal life.

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.

Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev re­ceived the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs An­drew Schofer of the U.S., Igor Popov of Rus­sia, Stephane Vis­conti of France, as well as Per­sonal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the OSCE Chair­per­son-in-Of­fice An­drzej Kasprzyk on Novem­ber 1.

The cur­rent state and prospects of the ne­go­ti­a­tions on the set­tle­ment of the Armenia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict were dis­cussed at the meet­ing.

The mis­sion vis­ited Yerevan on Oc­to­ber 29.

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 rel­e­vant de­ci­sions of OSCE and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have not been en­sured so far, and the ac­tiv­ity of the OSCE Minsk Group has not jus­ti­fied the hopes placed in it.

The sta­tus quo in the NagornoKarabakh has not changed since the be­gin­ning of the OSCE Minsk Group ac­tiv­i­ties on the con­flict set­tle­ment. 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.

For nearly a quar­ter cen­tury, the ef­forts of the OSCE Minsk Group 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.

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