Oskanian Heads for Oslo OSCE Summit

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–An Armenian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian left for Oslo Monday to attend the 2-3 December Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Foreign Ministers’ meeting.

The agenda of that meeting includes comprises discussion of the following issues the new OSCE charter reform of the OSCE secretariat the proposed new European Security Model and conflict prevention mechanisms

The meeting is not expected to adopt any resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh. The OSCE chairman-in-office will outline the current situation following the co-chairmen’s new proposals. Future measures will be discussed by the OSCE Minsk Group members without the participation of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The ministers will also discuss ways of bolstering the OSCE–struggling for a wider role after the end of the Cold War. Some nations favor allowing the OSCE to use force.

The OSCE hopes to stage a summit in 1999 that would define its military powers in Europe.

"The possibility of the OSCE carrying out peacekeeping operations with a military component in exceptional cases should not be excluded if there are no other alternatives," Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek said. "Nagorno-Karabakh could be an example of such an operation."

Under a 1994 plan–the OSCE plans to deploy several thousand peace keepers once Armenia and Azerbaijan settle a the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Norway takes over as OSCE chairman from Poland in 1999.


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