Finland to Push for End to Karabakh Conflict

HELSINKI (AFP)–Finland will push for a solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh when it takes over the OSCE presidency next year, President Tarja Halonen said Tuesday.
“We’ll do our utmost to strengthen the process concerning Nagorno-Karabakh and we are cautiously optimistic that we can push forward the process in a positive way during our presidency," Halonen told a press conference following a meeting with her Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharian.
“Being a very cautious person, I do not say that we can solve it, but why not? At least (we will) push forward strongly,” she added.
Finland is set to take over the rotating presidency of the 55-member Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2008.
Kocharian cautioned last week not to be too optimistic about resolving the issue before next year’s planned presidential elections in Armenia.

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