Foreign Ministry Remains “Secretive” About OSCE Proposals

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan/Azg)–Armenia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement saying that all press reports regarding the alleged new proposals made by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group Co-Chairmen on the Karabakh settlement were not true.

The Foreign Ministry–however–did not illuminate the press on the exact nature of the OSCE proposal.

The Ministry says–quoting different sources–particularly Radio Liberty–that commen’s and different views on the offers made by the co-chairmen during their recent tour of the region often appear in the press.

Such publications suggest that the Minsk Group co-chairmen’s proposals are as follows: on the initial stage Armenian troops are to withdraw from the six occupied areas–on the following stage Armenian troops are to withdraw from Lachin and Shoushi and international peace-keeping forces are to step in. This will be followed by the return of refugees and the lifting of the blockade. While a political solution to the problem (the determination of Nagorno Karabakh’s status) should be reached on the last stage.

The Ministry described all such publications as false. The statement was issued in response to the inquiry made by Interfax Agency.

No details or corrections were provided by the Foreign Ministry

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