Karabagh Status Most Important Lennmarker Says

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OCSE) rapporteur on Karabagh Goran Lennmarker–reaffirmed that the region’s status is of utmost importance–National Assembly Vice Speaker Vahan Hovhannissian told a news conference on Monday.

According to Hovhannisian–Lennmarker also said that Azeri argumen’s regarding the refugees and territories are secondary.

Leading a two-member delegation to Brussels last week to discuss with Azeri counterparts Lenmarker’s report–Hovhannissian said the draft report was not discussed because of several questionable points. He described the preliminary report as "balanced," speculating that it might have been the cause of Azeri parliament members’ anger. Its final version–he said–would be presented to an OSCE annual meeting in Washington in July.

The Brussels meetings were held to discuss the Karabagh conflict–as well as specify both nations’ approaches towards conflict resolution in the context of eventual European integration as part of EU’s Wider Europe new initiative. He said discussions were held with senior officials of the European Commission–European Parliament–and EU Committee of Ministers.

"In general–the Armenian delegation managed to present its views and persuade Lenmarker to address that the major problem towards finding a solution is Nagorno Karabagh’s status and that all problems presented by Azeris are its derivatives?without the resolved issue of the status all other issues cannot be resolved," he said.

He also indicated that during the discussion of the issue–the Azeris unsuccessfully attempted to include "Atkinson’s provisions" in the report–as well as tried to set the next meeting in London–in hopes of gaining backing from the British. This proposal was also denied–Hovhannisian said.

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