Ex Minsk Group Official Takes Verbal Beating in Baku

BAKU (PanARMENIAN.Net)–The former Russian Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Vladimir Kazimirov–was verbally accosted by the chairman and members of the Azeri Karabagh Liberation Organization (KLO)–who told Kazimirov to either recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan or get out of the country.

Kazimirov was attending a seminar on the "Strategic Importance of Azerbaijan." The event–organized the British LINKS Organization and the Yesterday Civilization NGO–was being held at the International Press Center in Baku.

In his address on the Mountainous Karabagh settlement–Kazimirov recommended strengthening the cease fire agreement in the region and promoted reconciliation as opposed to the "self-deception," practiced by both the Armenia’s and Azeris.

Though organizers tried to quell the KLO members–they shouted that he leave Azerbaijan instead of supporting Armenia’s.

Azeri President Aliyev’s Chief of Staff Novruz Mamedov’s words to Kazimirov were equally harsh. "All those who were Co-chairs–[of the OSCE Minsk Group] along with you–have forgotten the issue and have personal interests. You–again have departed from the issue–either due to too much love for Armenia or some other reason. Every time–I just get the feeling you are very close to Armenia’s morally and politically because of personal interests."

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