German Ambassador Says Karabakh Settlement to Promote Healthy Relations

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Germany hopes that a settlement of the Karabakh conflict can be reached soon. We urge both countries to work towards the peaceful settlement of this conflict. Germany has been very much engaged in the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to assist Armenia and Azerbaijan in finding a solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict," German Ambassador to Armenia Volker Seitz said in a Noyan Tapan interview.

Commenting on the situation in the region and possibilities of establishing stability–Seitz said that the major elemen’s of stability in the Caucasus should be the settlement of existing conflicts–the reduction of tensions–and finally a grand strategy of regional cooperation. According to him–the countries of the Caucasus could in this respect keep in mind the Franco-German experience of reconciliation after World War II: "Indeed–after three major and disastrous wars–the foresight of eminent leaders–Adenauer and de Gaulle–to engage in close bilateral and regional cooperation laid the foundation of the European Economic Community–and–hence–of the future peace and prosperity in Europe."

Describing Armenian-German relations in the sphere of economy–sciences–education and culture as excellent–the Ambassador underlined: "If–indeed–a settlement for the Nagorno Karabakh conflict can be found–and regional cooperation is strengthened–it is likely that the cooperation between Armenia and Germany will be further improved." Seitz underlined in this respect the many possibilities available to Armenia thanks to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union.

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