Berlin should use OSCE chairmanship for settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, MP of Bundestag says
"The federal government should use the German chairmanship of the OSCE this year to support a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," a deputy of the Bundestag, deputy chairman of the German-South Caucasus Parliamentary Group, Katrin Kunert, has commented on the German government's reply to a small parliamentary request of the 'Left' faction this way.
"The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has escalated in recent years. The number and intensity of violations of the ceasefire regime has increased both on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and on the front line. According to German government data, the sides of the conflict are using heavy weapons near residential areas more often. The danger of a new war between the two countries has increased," Kunert pointed out.
The member of the Bundestag is convinced that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved non-violently, in accordance with the principles of international law. This requires mutual security guarantees. "Armenia must cease its military occupation policy in the territories around Nagorno Karabakh, in order for Azerbaijani internally displaced persons, about 760 thousand people, to be able to return to their original places of residence. Thus, the probability of war would be effectively eliminated, and there would be enough time to determine the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh through a democratic referendum under international supervision and with the participation of both groups of the population," the deputy believes.
"Diplomatic recognition of the self-proclaimed republic of 'Nagorno-Karabakh' at the moment would be, without a doubt, contrary to international law and an obstacle to the peace process. And that is why it is encouraging that the German government rejects such a step," Kunert noted.