OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Concludes Session

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) session in Washington–DC–continued on July 5 with Swedish Member of Parliament and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Rapporteur on the Karabagh conflict Goran Lennmarker remaining optimistic about finding a peaceful resolution satisfactory to both sides.

"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," said Lennmarker–who has served since June of 2002 as the OSCE PA special representative on this issue.

An Azeri news agency quoted Lennmarker as saying–"By appointing a special representative–the OSCE intended to engage the parliamentarians of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the efforts for resolution of their dispute."

Meanwhile–Sattar Safarov of the Azeri delegation told Baku-based daily Zerkalo that during the closed session–Lennmarker said–"The recognition of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic by Europe is unacceptable and would lead to many negative consequences." Zerkalo also reported that Lennmarker added–however–that "the best way to ensure Armenia’s’ security is to unify Karabagh with Armenia."

The OSCE PA meeting on July 5 in Washington–DC–voted overwhelmingly to defeat a controversial measure on Karabagh authored by Safarov. The Safarov resolution–which was widely viewed as a biased and divisive measure–received only token support–with nearly all the Heads of Delegation voting to keep the measure off of the OSCE PA agenda. The defeat of the Safarov resolution set the stage for the standard consideration by the Assembly of the Mountainous Karabagh conflict.

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