Lennmarker Speaks of ‘Golden Opportunity’ in Settling Karabagh conflict

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Speaking at an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) session in Washington–DC–Swedish member of parliament and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Rapporteur on the Karabagh conflict Goran Lennmarker said–"There is now a golden opportunity for a peaceful solution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict based on a win-win concept where both Armenia and Azerbaijan come out better."

Presenting his report to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Heads of Delegations–Lennmarker spoke of peaceful solutions to the Karabagh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group–co-chaired by France–Russia–and the United States.

Lennmarker stressed that though "the conflict is not frozen," Armenia and Azerbaijan must intensify the negotiations. "There is no alternative to a peaceful solution; in fact–there is an urgent need to solve the conflict in order to end the personal–economic–and social suffering on both sides of this conflict."

The OSCE rapporteur suggested basing a solution on experiences from Europe–where democracy and integration are fundamental components in securing lasting peace. Strong European and international institutions stand ready to support Armenia and Azerbaijan–Lennmarker stressed.

Commenting on the effectiveness of the work done by the Parliamentary Delegations of Armenia and Azerbaijan–Lennmarker said–"Once a peace agreement has been finalized by the two Governmen’s–the parliamentary dimension becomes invaluable in informing the public and in ensuring the implementation. It is of utmost importance that networks of Members of Parliamen’s already exist and stand ready to take on these tasks."

Lennmarker was appointed in June 2002 and has since then visited Armenia and Azerbaijan on numerous occasions.


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