Azerbaijan’s Actions Contradict OSCE Principles

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–On the threshold of the OSCE Council of Ministers’ meeting–which began on December 3 in Bucharest–Karabakh President Arkady Ghoukassian sent a message to OSCE Chairman-in-Office Mircea Joannah–and OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen Nikolay Gribkov (Russia)–Philippe de Suremain (France) and Rudolf Perina (US).

The messages were sent the shed light to on the continuing campaign of discrediting Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan–which accuses Karabakh of allegedly allowing its territory to be used for training terrorists–for drug transportation–and for the burial of nuclear wastes.

The letter addressed to Joannah–in particular–notes that recently–Azerbaijan essentially rejecting the arrangemen’s achieved in Paris and Key West and Azerbaijan has taken actions which are contradictory to the principles on peaceful settlement of disputes instituted by the OSCE–stating that neither country can use force or the threat of force for resolving the conflict.

Ghoukassian pointed out the constant threats to resolve the conflict by military means from the Azeri President and other Azeri leaders–as well as the anti-Armenian propaganda spread by Azerbaijan–that creates obstacles to achieving a resolution to the conflict. He underlined that such actions intensify the mutual mistrust between the countries–and delays the establishment of peace and stability in the region.

The message says that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen expressed their disagreement with Azerbaijan’s accusations–and thereby–Karabakh officials requested that the OSCE Chairman-in-Office establish a fact-finding mission–under the auspices of the OSCE–to get acquainted with the situation of certain aspects of Karabakh society which the OSCE is most interested in.

"I hope that in spite of Azeri resistance–Aliyev Disappointed which is a usually bulwark against international missions to Nagorno-Karabakh–thereby allowing Azeri leadership to misinform the international community on the situation in the region–our proposal will receive a positive response and will be as soon as possible," said the letter to the OSCE Chairman-in-Office.

The 9th session of OSCE opened on Monday in Bucharest. The Armenian delegation was led by Armenian Foreign minister Vartan Oskanian–who is expected to deliver a speech to the meeting on Tuesday.

According to Foreign Ministry’s press office–Romania’s President Ion Iliesku–Prime-Minister Adrian Nastase and Foreign minister and OSCE acting chairman Mircea Joannah made the opening remarks.

Issues concerning OSCE reforms–fight against terrorism–and humanitarian problems will be discussed during the session.

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