Azerbaijan, Baku, March 26 / Trend , Е.Оstapenko/
The latest OSCE Magazine, now available in print and online, highlights the priorities of the 2010
Kazakh OSCE Chairmanship, its first activities and preparations towards the goal of holding a summit later this year, OSCE official statement said.
"As a country straddling East and West and the first Central Asian participating State to assume the Chairmanship of the OSCE, Kazakhstan has a unique opportunity to bridge divides and affirm the cohesiveness of this prestigious Organization," writes Ambassador
Kairat Abdrakhmanov in the introduction. Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was one of the topics covered in the magazine. An interview with the Chairperson-in-Office's Personal Representative on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and a first-person piece by Field Assistant Peter Keay describe the OSCE's work on the ground to build confidence and facilitate dialogue on finding a peaceful settlement of this longstanding conflict that continues to cost lives every year.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
His predecessor as Chairperson of the Permanent Council, Greek Ambassador
Mara Marinaki, retraces the journey of the year 2009, which saw the launching of the Corfu Process, the Organization's discussions on fundamental questions of European security, and highlights the significance of decisions taken at the Athens Ministerial Council in December.
This issue of the OSCE Magazine showcases the OSCE's work in Ukraine, with articles on the largest-ever OSCE project to eliminate the toxic rocket fuel mélange; a project to remove explosive remnants of war from Crimea, and the observation of the recent presidential election.