Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Protracted conflicts in the OSCE area call for full attention, said State Secretary of Slovenia’s Foreign Ministry Andrej Logar in Vienna April 18.
He made the remarks during the official opening of Slovenia’s Chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation, said a message on OSCE’s website.
Slovenia’s Chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation will be characterized by the country’s commitment to the ongoing efforts to restore confidence in the OSCE area, Logar said
He noted that protracted conflicts in the OSCE area, erosion of arms controls, crisis of confidence- and security-building measures, increased radicalization, proliferation of terrorist activities and the misuse of information are just some of the issues that call for full attention.
“There is a greater need than ever for an open dialogue among the participating states. Slovenia truly sees the OSCE as being capable of fostering dialogue, rebuilding trust and promoting stability,” he added.
Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is among the protracted conflicts in the OSCE area.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.