Switzerland as OSCE chair to promote dialogue between parties of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Switzerland as OSCE chair to promote dialogue between parties of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.27
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

Switzerland, as a chairman of OSCE will look into possibilities to promote dialogue and confidence building measures between the parties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by actively supporting and strengthening existing mediation schemes such as the OSCE Minsk process, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland and Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE for 2014 told Trend.

"Furthermore, Switzerland will try to facilitate people to people contacts and support civil society projects in the region," Burkhalter said.

Upon Switzerland's assumption of the OSCE chairmanship on January 1, 2014, Ambassador Angelo Gnadinger will take up the post of Special Representative for the South Caucasus, the councillor said.

Among other responsibilities, he will act as the OSCE co-chair of the Geneva Discussions on security and stability in the South Caucasus, Burkhalter said.

"Like previous Special Representatives for the South Caucasus, he will support the OSCE's mediation efforts and will accompany the activities of the OSCE representations in the region," the councillor said.

"Switzerland, during its chairmanship, wants to contribute to three main objectives: we want to foster security and stability, to improve people's lives and we want to strengthen the OSCEs capacity to act," Burkhalter said.

"Creating a Security Community for the Benefit of Everyone"- this is the leitmotif of Switzerland's chairmanship," the councillor said.

To concretely implement these goals, Switzerland has defined several priority activities such as combating transnational threats, enhancing the capacity in the OSCE area for the management of natural disasters, but also strengthening security sector governance, the implementation of the commitments in the Human Dimension, according to the councillor.

Switzerland will also pay special attention to the inclusion of civil society into the OSCE and wants to give young people a voice by organising an OSCE-Model series of events, according to Burkhalter.

"During our chairmanship, we want to place the implementation of existing commitments relating to the human dimension at the centre of our efforts. By promoting exchange of good practices, Switzerland wants to urge the participating States to fully implement and respect the commitments that they have undertaken over the past 40 years in such fields as combating torture, ensuring respect of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities or promoting democratic elections," Burkhalter said.

In the context of our Chairmanship, we will also organize a human rights conference in Switzerland in mid-June 2014, according to Burkhalter.

"Furthermore, we will support the OSCE institutions and field operations in the work they do under their mandates in human rights-related fields," the councillor said.

With regard to the increasing role of Azerbaijan in the sphere of energy security in the region, Burkhalter recalled that only a few weeks ago, the Ministerial Council of the OSCE adopted two decisions in relation to energy, one on improving the environmental footprint of energy-related activities, the other on the protection of critical energy networks from natural and man-made disasters.

"This shows that energy security becomes more and more a dynamic topic among the OSCE participating States and countries like Azerbaijan play, of course, a crucial role in this OSCE-wide dialogue. It is imperative to think of ways to promote affordable and diversified energy supply further. We also need to keep in mind that energy resources can contribute substantially to economic growth if managed responsibly and transparently," Burkhalter said.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Turkmenistan launches production of new types of paving slabs
Turkmenistan launches production of new types of paving slabs
Turkmenistan to participate in EXPO-2025
Turkmenistan to participate in EXPO-2025
Turkmen delegation to pay working visit to Iran
Turkmen delegation to pay working visit to Iran
Loading Bars
IRICA shares data on import of COVID-19 vaccine to Iran
Japan keen to invest in restoration of Azerbaijan's liberated lands
1,677 more COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at off-campus party near Georgia university
Tesla posts a $1.62 billion profit in Q3 despite difficult car market
198 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast
10 envoys to be declared persona non grata: Erdogan
UN's Guterres welcomes Saudi Arabia's climate initiatives in call with King Salman
Presidential elections to be held in Uzbekistan
UK says substantial differences remain with EU over N.Ireland trade
New migrant caravan in Mexico pushes past blockade to head north
Aramco aims for net zero emissions from operations by 2050, CEO says
U.S. administers nearly 413 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines
Chronicles of Victory: Azerbaijani president gives interview to Le Figaro newspaper on October 24, 2020 (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Chronicles of Victory: October 24, 2020
Buy/sell operations at Iran Mercantile Exchange growing
Iran unveils details of its trade turnover via Astara customs
Putin invites Israeli prime minister to visit St. Petersburg
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on October 24
Turkmenistan launches production of new types of paving slabs
Azerbaijani banks ramp up business lending since early 2021
Georgia and Ukraine talk cooperation within European integration
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for October 23
UK records another 44,985 new coronavirus cases
Tactical-Special Exercises of Azerbaijani Special Forces end (VIDEO)
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shares photos from visit to Zangilan with President Ilham Aliyev (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani, Iranian FMs talk recent relations developments
Members of Nizami Ganjavi International Center join call towards cop26
Arayik Harutyunyan's visit to Russia is solely private - embassy of Azerbaijan
NATO not ready for equal dialogue with Moscow - Russian defence chief
Saudi-led coalition says destroys Houthi vessels, bomb-laden boats site
Kazakhstan updates forecast for completion of grain harvesting
IRENEX shares data on sales of Sepahan Oil Company in energy exchange
EIB to help reduce COVID-19 effects on Georgian SMEs
Moscow comments on reports about holding Russia-Armenia-Azerbaijan summit on Nov.2021
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 2,315 more COVID-19 cases, 981 recoveries
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shared footage from Zangilan visit on her Instagram page (VIDEO)
Turkmenistan to participate in EXPO-2025
Georgia and Ukraine sign protocol on economic cooperation
Weekly review of key events in Azerbaijan's ICT sector
Azerbaijan's liberated lands to contribute to expansion of TRACECA corridor - minister
Weekly review of main events in Azerbaijan's transport sector
Saudi Arabia targets net zero emissions by 2060
Russia registers an all-time high of 37,678 coronavirus cases in past day
Uzbekistan eyes foreign technology for better local polymer production
Turkmen delegation to pay working visit to Iran
Azerbaijan records growth in loan portfolio of local banks in 9M2021
Turkmenistan’s Turkmenbashi refinery eyes producing hydrogen
Azerbaijan, Singapore to co-op in construction of geostationary satellites
IRICA shares data on Iran's trade turnover with SCO member states
Iran sees increase in exports of non-oil products from Hormozgan Province
Weekly review of Azerbaijani precious metals market
Kazakhstan unveils trade indicators with its TOP-3 EU partners
Turkmenistan approves new procedure for allocating investments from Stabilization Fund
Azerbaijani MoD observes exercises in liberated Lachin district (VIDEO)
Russian Health Ministry greenlights joint COVID-19 and flu vaccination
Central Bank discloses volume of loans issued to Azerbaijan's districts
Georgia records surge in tourist visits from Uzbekistan
Tourist inflow from Kazakhstan to Georgia soars
Iran boosts exports through customs of Zanjan Province
Azerbaijan notes decrease in banking sector' profit
Azerbaijan sees rise in mortgage lending
Iranian currency rates for October 23
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Georgia releases data on COVID-19 cases for October 23
New customs post in Azerbaijan to speed up cargo movement along North-South corridor (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Armenia to sign new documents in Moscow
Azerbaijani oil prices increase
Georgia sees decrease in tourist inflow from Azerbaijan
Turkmen company to purchase material, technical resources via tender
Kazakh energy company opens tender to buy metal corners
Kazakh oil company opens tender to buy spares
Kazakh KazMunayTeniz opens tender for Caterpillar equipment maintenance
Azerbaijan's Central Bank unveils data on currency exchange operations for Jan. through Sept. 2021
Azerbaijani fund presents concept for restoration of liberated territories
EDB purchases bonds of Kazakh KEGOC JSC
US corporate workers to start returning to offices next month
Iran changes pricing of petrochemical products at its mercantile exchange
Iran's foreign exchange needs trigger to expand exports
Surge of energy prices puts Europeans in stalemate (VIDEO)
Chinese company opens massive eco-friendly mine in Serbia
Kazakhstan’s daily COVID-19 case count stands at 1,732
Georgian honey exports skyrocket, following COVID-ravaged year
Iranian envoy, head of Georgia's State Security Service meet
Turkey announces commissioning date for logistics center in Sivas (Exclusive)
US military eliminates one of Al-Qaeda leaders in northwest Syria
Mutation of Delta variant may be more transmissible: UK health agency
Biden, Macron discuss cooperation, to meet in Rome late October
India, UK working on free trade agreement: Harsh Vardhan Shringla at India Global Forum
Turkey reports 28,192 daily COVID-19 cases
G7 countries reach breakthrough on digital trade and data
India perhaps only G20 country to fulfil...: India ahead of COP26 climate summit
U.N. plane aborts landing as air strike hits Ethiopia's Tigray
Relations with India stronger than ever, says Maldives Defence Minister
Chronicles of Victory: October 23, 2020
Iranian delegation leaves for Tashkent to observe elections
UK PM Johnson says fresh COVID lockdown not on the cards
2 soldiers, terrorist killed in northwestern Pakistan's clash
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shows 90.7% efficacy in trial in children
All news