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NATO official compares situation in Karabakh with USSR-US relations during “cold war”

14.06.2017 | 16:09

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The arms race at the Karabakh conflict zone will not necessarily lead to a war, said NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai, APAreported citing news.am.

 

 

When asked whether the arms race in Karabakh can lead to a full-scale war, Appathurai noted that he does not know what will happen, but an arms race does not necessarily lead to an armed conflict, and he brought the example of the Cold War between the US and the then Soviet Union.

 

In his words, ultimately, everyone always decides on the political solutions, and even though the number of weapons may increase, there might not be a war.

 

The NATO official added, however, that when military clashes continue together with the arms race and the parties to the conflict use a quite worrisome political rhetoric, the arms race certainly becomes a part of the problem.

 

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OSCE MG co-chairs visit Nagorno-Karabakh

12.06.2017 | 16:47

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The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have paid a visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, APA reported citing news.am.

 

The co-chairs have met with Bako Sahakyan, the so-called president of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh regime.

 

Also attended by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk, the meeting focused on the discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the situation along the contact line of troops.

 

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

 

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, KalbajarAghdamFuzuliJabrayilGubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

 

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

 

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

 

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1994.

 

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACEOSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

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OSCE MG co-chairs to visit region on June 10 – Russian MFA

08.06.2017 | 17:23

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OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will visit the region on June 10, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday, an APA correspondent reported from Moscow.

 

She said the co-chairs will visit Armenia on June 10 to meet with President Serzh Sargsyan and Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan.

 

“The sides will discuss the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone,” she said.

 

Zakharova noted that the co-chairs are also expected to visit Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

“A week after their visit to Armenia and Karabakh, the co-chairs will make a visit to Baku. At the end of the visit, the co-chairs will issue a joint statement,” she added.

 

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

 

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, KalbajarAghdamFuzuliJabrayilGubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

 

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

 

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

 

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.

 

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACEOSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Conference highlighting Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict held in US

25.05.2017 | 18:00

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A conference titled “South Caucasus: The threats and challenges for the Trump Administration” has been held in Washington, the US.

The event saw speeches by founder and director of the Center for Energy Natural Resources Ariel Cohen, Director of Caspian Strategy and Policy Centre Efgan Niftiyev Director of Foreign Policy Centre at the Heritage Foundation Luke Coffey.

Ariel Cohen highlighted the strategic importance of the Southern Caucasus region for the US.

Efgan Niftiyev said Azerbaijan and Georgia are the strategic ally of the US, saying these countries share the same interests in strategic transport and energy projects. On significance of the Southern Gas Corridor project Mr. Niftiyev stressed the necessity of continuing the US support.

The Director also highlighted the cause and consequences of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

On importance of increasing the attention to the regional conflicts by the US new administration, Luke Coffey said the Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounded regions were occupied, stressing the necessity of implementation of same approach to solving all conflicts.

 

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