Hovhannisian Says Lennmarker Restored Karabagh’s Status

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Briefing a news conference on the results of the July 4 session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA)–the head of the Armenian delegation–Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Vahan Hovhannisian said OSCE Special Representative Goran Lennmarker’s report restored the status of Karabagh as a third party to the conflict.

The report–which presented all three sides to the conflict–dismissed the Azeri position that lands should first be returned in order for cooperation to begin. He added that the report called on Azerbaijan to engage in talks with Karabagh.

Hovhannisian said Armenia’s foreign ministry–as well as diaspora organizations–especially the Hai Tad committees–contributed to explaining the essence of the conflict to the European delegation members.

"Due to this work–the draft resolution submitted by the Azeri delegation was completely left out from the agenda–something we benefited from–since only the report by Lennmarker–which contained positive elemen’s for us–was put on discussion," Hovhannisian noted–calling the Lennmarker report "balanced."

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