Armenia Condemns Azeri Efforts to Take Karabakh Issue to UN

YEREVAN (Armepress)–Armenia Wednesday condemned Azerbaijan’s efforts to take the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution issue to the UN General Assembly, saying through a foreign ministry spokesman that every effort to disrupt the work of the OSCE Minsk Group–the sole international body mandated to help the sides find a solution to their dispute–will impact the entire process of garnering a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Vladimir Karapetian, a spokesman for the foreign ministry, retaliated media reports quoting Novruz Mamedov, an Azeri presidential advisor on foreign policy, as saying on Monday that his country will appoint a delegation to the 62nd UN General Assembly only after the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution is placed on its agenda.
Karapetian recalled that the 61st session of the UN General Assembly had two Nagorno-Karabakh related items, one submitted by Azerbaijan and the other by GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova), but none had been discussed. He said under the UN procedure these items are incorporated into General Assembly’s next session.
Karapetian also added that the General Assembly’s agenda will to be approved by a special resolution, which can be questioned by any of the UN member countries. H also said incorporation of Karabakh related items on the UN agenda does not necessarily mean they will be put to debates.
OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen from Russia, France and the US are planning to meet in Moscow on August 2. Martin Nersirkin, a spokesman for the OSCE, told Armenpress that the news was announced by the US State Department.
The process of seeking a solution to the Karabakh conflict was halted after June 9 meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in the Russian Saint Petersburg. The cochairmen are meeting to specify their next steps.
Armenian foreign minister Vartan Oskanian said recently the process is likely to continue through separate meetings of Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers with the Minsk Group cochairmen.
A draft resolution on protracted conflicts in GUAM countries may be put forward for consideration by the UN General Assembly at the beginning of September in Kiev. The next meeting of the national coordinators of the member countries of GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova) was scheduled for Kiev in the first decade of September, the Secretary General of GUAM, Valeri Chechelashvili, reported from Kiev, Trend reports.
The project of the resolution regarding protracted conflicts in GUAM, in particular, Transdnieset Nagorno-Karabakh, and Abkhazian conflicts was developed and included into the agenda of the UN General Assembly at the end of 2006. Later, the representatives of GUAM removed the issue from agenda.
“The project on protracted conflicts was included in the agenda of the UN General Assembly by the initiative of GUAM and the work on it is in progress,” Chechelashvili said. “We are coordinating the project with our partners. The text was coordinated between us, but each of the counties goes on with the work as much as possible in order to mobilize our partners’ support in favor of the resolution,” he noted.
Speaking on the reports on putting the project forward for discussion by the UN General Assembly, the Secretary General said that the decision has not been made by all parties yet.
As an alternative to CIS the four post-Soviet republics Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established the GUAM format in 1999 during the summit of the head of state of the European Union member-countries in Strasbourg. The summit of GUAM in Baku was the second one which focused on the prospects of the development of the organization both in the sphere of economy and security.

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