OSCE PA calls for Confidence Building-Measures in Karabakh Conflict Zone

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi, Georgia
(Photo: EPA/Zurab Kurtsikidze)
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi, Georgia (Photo: EPA/Zurab Kurtsikidze)

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi, Georgia
(Photo: EPA/Zurab Kurtsikidze)

TBILISI (ArmRadio)—The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted the 2016 Tbilisi Declaration today, addressing key issues in the fields of political affairs and security, economics, the environment, human rights, and humanitarian concerns.

In the declaration, the OSCE PA “expresses concern over military escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and welcomes the active engagement of the OSCE Chairmanship in finding a political solution to protracted conflicts in the OSCE region within established negotiating formats and mechanisms.”

OSCE PA calls upon parliamentarians to encourage political will from the sides in the region to engage in serious efforts to reach an agreement on confidence building-measures to reduce the risk for further hostilities along the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and to negotiate a comprehensive settlement within the framework of the Minsk Group.”

Meanwhile, Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov told Interfax that Astana does not think that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution requires the search for a new intermediary.

“This is a complicated problem…and relevant decisions have been made at the level of the UN and the OSCE. The Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, the United States and France was formed. I believe there is no need to search for new mediators, new intermediaries in the resolution of this conflict,” Idrisov said at a press briefing in Astana on Tuesday.

Nagorno-Karabakh settlement principles were explicitly formulated at the time the OSCE Minsk Group was formed, so “the task is to ensure the strict fulfillment of these agreements,” the Minister said.

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