Finnish Secretary of State Says Karabakh As Important As Kosovo

BAKU (APA)–"All conflicts of the Post-Soviet Republics, including that of Nagorno-Karabakh, are no less serious than the Kosovo conflict," said the Finnish Secretary of State Pertti Torstila during his visit to Lithuania, APA reports.
The Finnish Secretary of State was in Lithuania delivering a speech at the International Relations and Political Science Department of the Vilnius University where he stated that the OSCE Minsk Group continues to help the parties determine the core principles on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"The conflicting parties should show political will, courage and mutual understanding for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. OSCE will support the peaceful solution to the conflict," he said.
According to Torstila, The Chairman of the OSCE, Finnish Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva will be visiting the conflict zones under the jurisdiction of the OSCE to conduct talks with conflicting parties. Torstila also said that the chairman’s Special Envoy Heikki Talvitie will be undertaking a similar activity.
In Washington, Kanerva told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the OSCE is a vital component of international security, and U.S. engagement in the Organization remains crucial.
After talks with Rice, Kanerva told reporters that they had discussed the OSCE’s future role in Kosovo and ways the Organization could contribute to long-term security and stability in Afghanistan, which is an OSCE partner country.
Rice and Kanerva Monday discussed ways the OSCE could try to reinvigorate negotiations on the protracted conflicts over South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transdniestria.
As part of his visit to the United States, the Chairman-in-Office also made a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Kanerva is scheduled to address the U.S. Helsinki Commission Wednesday.


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