Slo­vak FM: OSCE will use op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by pos­i­tive im­pulses in Karabakh set­tle­ment process

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

TOn Jan­uary 1, Slo­vakia as­sumed the Chair­man­ship of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in Europe (OSCE). Through­out this year, Slo­vakia will set the tone of this, the big­gest re­gional se­cu­rity or­ga­ni­za­tion in the world, with 57 par­tic­i­pat­ing states and 11 part­ners for co­op­er­a­tion on three con­ti­nents.

OSCE will use op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by pos­i­tive im­pulses in the process of Karabakh set­tle­ment, Slo­vak For­eign Min­is­ter Miroslav La­j­cak said at a brief­ing in Vi­enna.

As he men­tioned, the main prob­lems in the OSCE re­gion, and, in fact, through­out the world, re­quire greater co­op­er­a­tion and greater di­a­logue than ever.

“Slo­vakia in­tends to be fair and hon­est as a part­ner and me­di­a­tor dur­ing its OSCE chair­man­ship in 2019. We will fo­cus on is­sues such as me­di­a­tion in con­flict res­o­lu­tion and con­flict pre­ven­tion, as well as their im­pact on peo­ple. We need to pre­pare for a safer fu­ture,” added Laichak.

The Minsk Group’s Co-Chairs visit Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion reg­u­larly to con­duct high-level talks with the par­ties to the con­flict, and hold meet­ings with the OSCE Chair­per­son-in-Of­fice and the Minsk Group mem­bers to brief them on the process.

They are man­dated to pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate frame­work for con­flict res­o­lu­tion in the way of as­sur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tion process; to ob­tain con­clu­sion by the Par­ties of an agree­ment on the ces­sa­tion of the armed con­flict in or­der to per­mit the con­ven­ing of the Minsk Con­fer­ence, and to pro­mote the peace process by de­ploy­ing OSCE multi­na­tional peace­keep­ing forces.

For nearly 25 years, the ef­forts of the OSCE Minsk Group on the set­tle­ment of the NagornoKarabakh 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 the war in the early 1990s, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing NagornoKarabakh 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 Nagorno-Karabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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