OSCE secretariat to support Kazakhstan in South Caucasus conflicts settlement: secretary general
Kazakhstan, Astana, July 3 / Trend K. Konyrova /
The OSCE secretariat will support Kazakhstan in settlement of conflicts in South Caucasus during chairmanship of Astana in 2010, OSCE secretary general Mark Perren de Brishambo by answering Trend correspondent's question in Astana on July 3.
"As concerns Caucasus conflicts, big investments are necessary. It deals with investments in the kind of labor and human resources, as well as expertise," he said.
OSCE will assist Kazakhstan in its participation in Geneva talks on Georgia and Minsk Group in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, Brishambo said.
Kazakhstan will preside in OSCE in 2010. Presiding country must fulfill certain obligations in the biggest world regional organization dealing with security as OSCE. Kazakhstan is OSCE member since 1992. First it achieved right to represent this organization in 2010.
"Great patience, endurance and firmness in leadership will be required. Secretariat will promote Kazakhstan's efforts in solving these issues during chairmanship and create necessary terms," Brishambo said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
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