Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend , corr A.Ismayilova / Contrary to his Russian counterpart Yuriy Merzlyakov, the French Ambassador Bernard Fassier, an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair who is currently visiting Baku, stated at a news conference on 8 March that the Kosovo situation cannot be used as an example for Nagorno-Karabakh.
He did not comment on Merzlyakov's statement but said that each conflict has its own peculiarity. "I will repeat my statement made in Khankendi and that is the situation with Kosovo differs from the conflicts existing in the post-Soviet area."
Commenting on the necessity for the European Union's attraction to the OSCE Minsk Group, Fassier stressed that the EU could contribute towards the resolution of the conflict, as it is presently doing. However, the OSCE Minsk Group is directly involved in peace negotiations.
According to the co-chair, the Great 8, as well as the EU Special Representative for South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, backs the OSCE Minsk Group's activities and this is regarded as political support.
Fassier noted that the EU could play a considerable role in the formation and development of public opinion and the rehabilitation of relationships between Azerbaijan and Armenia.