Azerbaijani Parliament’s Vice-Speaker considers important introduction of new mechanisms to OSCE
Azerbaijan, Baku, 11 March / Trend, M. Aliyev /
The OSCE must solve its internal problems, vice speaker of Milli Majlis (Parliament) Bahar Muradova told Trend.
"Internal structures of the OSCE sometimes exhibit a lack of coordination in their operations. In this case, there is a doubt in the organization's ability to resolve given issues. Therefore, the OSCE as an organization has to solve its internal problems," Muradova said.
New mechanisms have to be introduced to the structure to meet the new challenges of the times, the vice-speaker said.
"One of the main activities of the OSCE is the prevention of conflicts and elimination of their consequences. Transformations require finding of new directions, new mechanisms in this activity", Muradova said.
Citing the example of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the vice-speaker said that, despite the appearance of the work in this direction, there are no results.
"The OSCE is working to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, present statements and hold consultations; until now there are no real results. Apparently, new perspectives are needed in order to obtain the result," Muradova said.
According to her, along with the continuation of negotiations within the OSCE, consideration of this issue from other perspectives is quite possible.
"We consider it appropriate to bring this to the attention of other organizations, including the UN, EU, Council of Europe, as well as the wider use of the capabilities of the OSCE Minsk Group and the inclusion of the issue in the agenda of parliaments of other countries," the vice-speaker 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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.