OSCE Chairperson-in-Office wants progress in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (PHOTO)
Ireland, Dublin, Dec. 7 / Trend E. Huseynov /
The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore has expressed regret over the violent clashes in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict this year.
Gilmore said following the 19th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Dublin that it is necessary to achieve the progress at the talks.
During his visit to Baku and Yerevan as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in summer 2012, Gilmore called on the parties to an active dialogue and cooperation with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen. He has expressed support for OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen's statement in Dublin yesterday.
The decision within the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be taken by consensus, Gilmore said. The OSCE position in this issue is that the conflict, which lasted too long, must be resolved through the negotiations between the parties of the conflict. The matter rests in a shaped process - the Minsk Group's activity, which is supported by the OSCE and assistance to the parties of conflict at these negotiations.
Gilmore said that several events were held in Dublin during the country's presidency in the OSCE where the country has shared its experience on the peace process on Northern Ireland.
"I am pleased that the progress on Transdniestrian settlement was reached during Ireland's presidency," he said.
OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier stressed two main nuances in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. The first nuance is the support for a political process within the negotiations and the co-chairmen's initiatives supported by OSCE. The second nuance is "events". He called violation of the cease-fire regime in the conflict zone during the year as disturbing.
Many proposals were made to the sides, which, for one reason or another, have experienced difficulties in the decision-making, Zannier said. In particular, withdrawal of snipers from the contact line of the conflict and empowerment of the OSCE permanent representative, etc. were among these proposals.