OSCE Secretary General: “The existing status-quo is unacceptable” - PHOTOSESSION

OSCE Secretary General: “The existing status-quo is unacceptable” -<font color=red> PHOTOSESSION</font>
# 09 July 2012 10:09 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Victoria Dementieva – APA. Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov met with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier. APA reports that the settlement process of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict was discussed at the joint press conference following the meeting. He informed the secretary general that the OSCE has been engaged in the settlement of the conflict for 20 years, but the result has not been achieved yet.

Zannier recalled that it was his first visit to Azerbaijan as OSCE Secretary General. The Secretary General said that he discussed the OSCE-Azerbaijan cooperation on all specters with the foreign minister. Zannier announced that he will include the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in agenda during his visit to Armenia.
The Secretary General noted that the co-chairs would pay the next visit to the region on July 10: “We are seriously concerned about the incidents occurred in the contact line and on Azerbaijan-Armenia border. Such incidents causing human losses are inadmissible and necessary measures should be taken to prevent such incidents. The existing status-quo is unacceptable”.

Zannier said that the OSCE proposed several measures towards the withdrawal of snipers, investigation of incidents and confidence building: “The negotiations process have no alternative. It needs to find the conflict’s settlement, but it is impossible to enforce the settlement. The sides must come to agreement themselves. The OSCE is ready to make its own contribution to it”.

Commenting on the OSCE’s proposals for investigating the incidents in the contact line, Mammadyarov said that the problem is not the mechanisms, but occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia: “If Armenia withdraws its army there will be no need for snipers”.

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