Lennmarker Report on OSCE Parliamentary Agenda

Armenian delegation head calls rapportuer’s assessmen’s ?accurate–balanced–and healthy.’

COPENHAGEN (Combined Sources)–The OSCE’s (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) rapporteur on Mountainous Karabagh is expected to present his report on the Karabagh conflict to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Washington–DC–July 1-5.

Rapporteur Goren Lennmarker’s report proposes that Mountainous Karabagh become a part of Armenia.

Nearly three-hundred parliamentarians from the OSCE’s fifty-five participating States are expected to debate the issue.

The head of Armenia’s delegation to OSCE Vahan Hovhannissian stressed that although certain points concerning refugees and seizure of territories have been transferred from previous reports–he called Lennmarker’s report–"accurate–balanced–and healthy."

Hovhannisian–who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Armenian National Assembly and a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s Bureau–will be in Washington for the session.

Hovhannisian commended the report on two grounds. He first noted that it provides a fresh perspective–unlike previous reports. "Lennmarker presents MKR’s stance on the issue–meaning–he views the conflict not as one between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He accepts MKR as a side to the conflict–and seeks Karabagh’s viewpoint and expectations on a resolution." Hovhannisian said Lennmarker’s suggestion to join MKR to Armenia is the second vital difference.

Hovhannisian also commended Lennmarker’s insistence that the fundamental cause of the conflict is MKR’s status. "He clearly grasps the fact that Azerbaijan’s argumen’s concerning refugees and seizure of territories are secondary." Lennmarker–nevertheless–opposes both recognition of Mountainous Karabagh Republic and questions its return to Azeri rule–assessing the latter as an "unbearable burden on Azerbaijan." Lennmarker argues that the international community is not ready to accept the possible independence of the many small ethnic populations throughout the South Caucusus–fearing the emergence of secessionist movemen’s throughout the region.

Addressing the concerns of the conflicting sides–Lennmarker says that for Armenia–the issue is one of national security–explaining that being subjected to Ottoman–Russian–and Soviet rule has greatly affected its national psyche about security and defenselessness. He says that the fundamental problem for Azerbaijan is the feeling of injustice–that the majority of the country is "occupied," and there exist one million refugees.

Lennmarker proposes the formation of a joint commission on truth and reconciliation in order to come up with solutions that satisfy both sides.

His report clearly calls for the opening of all borders–as well as third party intervention from countries to ensure the security of both sides–a high-level of democracy–the freedom of movement of citizens–as well as economic integration.

Hovhannisian revealed that in opposition to Lennmarker’s report–the Azeri delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has submitted an "ineffective" supplemental resolution that will be reviewed at the upcoming session. The resolution can be placed on agenda only with the approval of the Standing Committee–and the General Committee–which is composed of delegation heads.

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