OSCE Minsk Group Urges Armenia And Azerbaijan to Prepare Publics for Peace Not War

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group–which deals with the Karabagh conflict–have issued a statement regretting the lack of forward movement in the recent negotiations and calling on Armenia and Azerbaijan to "work vigorously" to achieve a result in 2006.

In the statement: "The Co-Chairs reaffirmed their belief that a great deal of progress has been achieved in the past year and a half… they urged both parties to build on the basic principles for a future settlement that have already been developed in order to achieve an agreement in 2006."

"They regret that the process has not moved forward in recent weeks though–despite ample opportunity to do so," but reiterated their belief that 2006 is a highly favorable year for substantial progress.

The Co-Chairs called on the governmen’s of both Armenia and Azerbaijan to work toward this goal and "to take steps with their publics to prepare them for peace–and not for war."

The Co-Chairs also said that they will decide when their next trip to region will be after assessing the readiness of the parties. Their next meeting will take place March 20 in Istanbul.

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