Yerevan Asks OSCE to Respond to Azeri Threats

 

From left, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Foreign Ministers Bernard Kouchner of France, Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, Edward Nalbandian of Armenia, and Elmar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan at the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Athens, Dec. 1, 2009. OSCE

YEREVAN (Eurasia.net)–Armenia has complained to Europe’s top security and human rights watchdog that Azerbaijan’s military buildup is violating the ceiling set by the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe.

Addressing a December 2 meeting of ministers from member-states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian asked the OSCE to take measures against Azerbaijan, the Regnum news agency reported.

The two countries have been locked in conflict for the past 21 years over Azerbaijan’s military aggression in 1991 against the newly independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

“Azerbaijan is in breach of one of the founding principles of the OSCE: non-use of force and/or a threat to use force,” Nalbandian said.

While reiterating its commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan has not ruled out use of force if the 15-year-long OSCE-mediated talks do not produce results soon.

 

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