OSCE concerned with absence of progress on Nagorno Karabakh

The OSCE concerned with the absence of progress in the Nagorno Karabakh settlement process, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said in an interview with Interfax. According to him, making progress on resolution of the protracted conflicts has been one of the priorities of the Irish Chairmanship and of the OSCE as a whole.

“When it comes to Nagorno-Karabakh everyone is concerned about the absence of progress, and the deterioration of the situation on the ground, with 28 people killed only this year. I personally share this concern,” Mr. Zannier said.

“We continue to support the efforts of the Minsk Group and its Co-Chairs –Russia,Franceand theUS. However, no international efforts can be effective if there is no political will on both sides to negotiate a peaceful solution. This is what I stressed during my recent meetings with the respective foreign ministers inNew York,” he added.

“Returning to the substance of the negotiations and looking ahead are the only ways to prevent escalation and bring the long-awaited security to the region,” OSCE Secretary General concluded.

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