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New Chairman of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Stands Ready to Contribute to Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Settlement

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 3 July 2008 15:08 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, 3 July /corr. Trend K.Konirova / Newly elected Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is prepared to make all possible efforts to settle the 'frozen' Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"We will be trying to resolve this problem with common efforts. I should say that it is also in my disposal as a newly elected Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. I will be trying to do all the best and use all resources that we have to search ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," said the Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Joao Soares, on 3 July in Astana.

According to him, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly should play a decisive role in this process. "I highly appreciate words of OSCE Chairman, Alexander Stubb, who yesterday said that the OSCE should not only manage conflicts, but also resolve the problems and conflicts. And I fully support this," Soares said to a press-conference as a result of the 17th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Astana.

"I want to note that I can not work a miracle, but we will be trying to do those that are in our hands. I assure you of it," the Chairman said.    The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.

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