Ukrainian FM: OSCE Minsk Group’s work may be more active
The work of the OSCE Minsk Group can be more active, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said at a press conference in Yerevan, News.am reports.
The OSCE Chair reminded that the settlement of frozen conflicts is one of the priorities for Ukraine during the period of presidency.
"Ukraine is surrounded by frozen conflicts, that is both Moldova and the South Caucasus. The attention given by the Ukrainian side to the issue is conditioned by this," the Minister said.
According to him, Ukraine is guided by the fact that it is necessary to maintain an active process, carry out meetings of different formats, at the level of Presidents and Foreign Ministers.
As it was noted by Leonid Kozhara, Ukraine supports the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group, but believes that Minsk Group could be more active and its work could have a more specific result.
"No conflict was solved after a conference or a meeting. Practical work is needed," Kozhara said.
At the same time, he stressed the importance of organizing meetings between representatives of civil society.
According to him, Ukraine is ready to provide its territory for such a meeting.
In addition, Ukraine supports all activities aimed at alleviating the consequences of humanitarian disasters. Any conflict has such consequences, the Minister said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.