Baku Prefers Peace Effort to Remain With OSCE

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Sources in Azerbaijan said that while Baku has rejected the latest Karabakh peace package by the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe–it was not prepared to take more drastic steps regarding the international mediation effort. Earlier this week–Azeri foreign minister Tofig Zulfugarov announced that the mediation efforts should remain within the framework of the OSCE and not be transferred to the United Nations Security Council.

Commenting on this development–the Baku-based Zerkalo newspaper assessed that it had become evident neither the OSCE nor the UN had the capability to broker peace–since their role was mainly to delegate responsibilities and approaches.

The newspaper added that a new international body was needed–which would mandate a proposal and ensure its implementation.

Meanwhile–the new peace package was a topic of discussion last week in Oslo–during the OSCE Foreign Ministers’ Summit.

The Russian delegation had gone to the summit with the aim of suggesting a vote on the new Minsk Group proposal. Sources indicated that Azerbaijan was prepared to veto the decision. Other sources also revealed that Georgia–as well–was planning to veto such a vote.

Sources in Oslo also reported that while in the Norwegian capital–Zulfugarov met with his Armenian counterpart foreign minister Vartan Oskanian.

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