Severin Avoids Peace Process Discussions

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Adrian Severin avoided assessing the current chances for the Karabakh conflict resolution–promising to assess it after meeting with all parties involved in the decade-long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Severin arrived in Yerevan on Friday for a four-day visit–the last leg of his South Caucasian tour. Severin and his delegation also plan to visit Nagorno Karabakh.

Speaking to reporters at Yerevan Zvartnots airport–Severin said that South Caucasian stability was a component of the stability of all of Europe–describing the region as South-Eastern Europe.

Severin was asked by the reporters why the OSCE did not condemn the belligerent calls made in Azerbaijan–particularly the ones made by President Heydar Aliyev.

"We should not hasten to condemn this or that party to the conflict–because if we start doing so–we shall never stop," he said–adding that everyone–including the OSCE–expect and hope for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

"All the sides must be ready to embark on a constructive dialogue–and they must believe in a peaceful solution," he said–but added a pessimistic note that no breakthrough was visible in the near future.

The delegation will meet with representatives of the OSCE mission–Parliament Speaker Armen Khachatrian–leaders of parliamentary factions and other groups. After meeting Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian the delegation will visit Holy Etchmiadzin and the Ancient Manuscripts Museum (Matenadaran).

According to the National Assembly’s Public Relations Department–in Karabakh–the delegation will be welcomed by Prime Minister Anushavan Danielian and Parliament Speaker Oleg Yesayan. The delegation will also travel to Shushi.

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