OSCE chairman urges more activity from parties to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

OSCE chairman urges more activity from parties to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Eamon Gilmore, Vice Premier and Foreign Minister of Ireland and OSCE Chairman, is on a visit to Azerbaijan. He said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an essential topic, especially in the light of the recent escalation. The Irish official called it a priority of OSCE chairmanship, Trend reports.

Prevention and investigation of incidents on the Azerbaijani-Armenian line of conflict, withdrawal of snipers would contribute to resolving the problem, Gilmore says. Strengthening trust is the only way to achieve sustainable settlement of the conflict. Cultural sites and cemeteries need additional security measures.

Gilmore said that the OSCE cooperates with various institutions of Baku. Azerbaijan needs further democratic development basing on principles approved by OSCE members in Astana two years ago.

Foreign ministers of 56 OSCE states decided in Vilnius that the organization had good potential to prevent transnational threats. Besides a military and political solution to conflict, the organization considers the human rights, economic and ecological factors.

The OSCE formed a new section, basing on resources of law, border control and fight against terrorism. The new section will prevent transnational threats. Ireland will stress on police, narcotics and terrorism as the main topics.

Gilmore met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan today. The sides discussed reforms, domestic policy, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, incidents on the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact.

Gilmore emphasized that achieving peace requires following of principles. The OSCE denies use of force or threats to resolve the conflict, he concludes.

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