Karabakh Conflict Should Not be Addressed by UN, Says Russian Co-Chairman

BAKU (Armenpress)–The United Nations General Assembly cannot regulate the Karabakh conflict, the Azeri Trend news agency Tuesday quoted the Russian Minsk Group co-chairman Yuri Merzlyakov. Referring to Azerbaijan’s decision to discuss the issue of "frozen conflicts" in the territories of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova (GUAM) at the UN General Assembly session, Merzlyakov said that the decisions of the General Assembly were of a "delegating nature." He stated that if UN decisions were obligatory, many conflicts would have been resolved by now. The Russian co-chairman was certain that the discussion of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict within the framework of the UN would divert the course of the peace talks. Merzlyakov also told the Trend news agency that he and his French and US counterparts were busy preparing and organizing another meeting between Armenian and Azeri foreign minister, slated to take place on March 13 in Geneva. He said he expected that during the meeting the sides would agree over the main conflict resolution principles, which have been put forth by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen. Until now the issue on "frozen conflicts in GUAM territories" included in the agenda of the UN General Assembly has not been officially discussed. Armenian representative to the UN Armen Martirosian told Armenpress that Armenia was fully involved in the political discussions of the concept of the possible resolution. He ensured that the majority of the UN member-countries found the initiative purposeless. Martirosian said that the initiative was rejected by the UN Chief Committee in 2005 and 2006. Only after the session of the committee, the GUAM countries managed to include the issue on the agenda of the UN General Assembly. "The fact that four countries present the issues they are facing in one resolution already concerns the UN as they all have different historic reasons, and have different legal statuses and are on different levels of negotiations and must not be viewed as a joint problem," Martirosian said. Nevertheless he noted that the decisions of the UN were not binding.


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