Gasparian Holds Briefing on Karabakh Relations with Turkey

YEREVAN (Armenpress/Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’should do its best so that the OSCE Summit of the Council of Foreign Ministers to be held in Copenhagen next month adopts a resolution which would promote the resumption of the talks–the Armenian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Arsen Gasparian said at a briefing Monday.

According to him–when making a decision Armenia always proceeds from the two principles–that is–the right of the Karabakh people to self-determination and the security of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. On those issues–Gasparian said–Armenia has assumed and continues to fulfill its obligations.

Gasparian said that it had not been yet specified whether a document to be adopted at the OSCE foreign ministers meeting would refer to all conflicts within the OSCE jurisdiction or not. He said that Armenia would use its right to veto–if any decision is unacceptable for Armenia or Karabakh.

The Foreign Ministry’s representative said that Azerbaijan would try to submit a draft settlement document. Gasparian stressed that toughening of Azerbaijan’s position was a natural outcome of the Lisbon summit. However the situation over the talks has changed and "now the talks are likely to resume," he said.

The meeting of the OSCE foreign ministers scheduled for December 18-19 will focus on a declaration or any other document referring to the model of the European security in the 21st century.

The forthcoming meeting of the OSCE Foreign Ministers will adopt a final resolution regarding the place and date of the 1998 OSCE Summit. During the Lisbon Summit Turkey offered to hold it in Istanbul. However Armenia abstained from voting for that proposal–referring to the absence of diplomatic relations with that country. The European Community had also some remarks.

As a result the Lisbon Summit adopted a formulation according to which leaders of the OSCE-member countries took into consideration Turkey’s proposal. Gasparian noted that at a preliminary conference which is currently being held in Vienna–Russia–Georgia–Azerbaijan–Moldova–Ukraine and Central Asian republics spoke for holding the next OSCE summit in Istanbul.

Gasparian went on to speak about Armenia considering regional cooperation as an important detail for the process of strengthening of trust between the states of the region referring to nuclear energy security usage.

"At the same time we appreciate the agreement foreseeing the participation in fight against illegal extension of nuclear matters and its prevention–signed in Denver," Gasparian stated.

As for the program on cooperation with Turkey–supported by the IAEA–Gasparian stated that Armenia consider this cooperation as another possibility for strengthening the atmosphere of confidence in the region.

He stressed that Armenia is ready to cooperate with Turkey in such spheres as seismic calculations–planning of the emergency situation activity–training and exchange. In addition–bilateral Armenian-Turkish negotiations within the IAEA technical cooperation program are currently underway.

Underlining the lack of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey and the negative position of the Turkish side toward the process of opening borders–Gasparian stressed that participation in the IAEA technical cooperation programs and their implementation will contribute to strengthening bilateral relations.

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