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Germany seeks mediating role in the Karabakh conflict settlement: Merkel

Germany stands for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and seeks to have an immediate contribution to the process, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared, Interfax reports.

“Germany seeks to take a mediating role in the resolution of the conflict. We consider that the Council of Europe and the European Union could come forth with an initiative in that direction, to make a certain contribution to the settlement of the conflict. Azerbaijan is holding consultations with the European Commission in this respect,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with visiting Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

The Chancellor underlined that “Germany is a member of the OSCE Minsk Group and supports the negotiations between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan held under the auspices of the co-chairing countries – France, Russia and the United States.”

She said there is no alternative to the peaceful resolution of this conflict. “The frequent violations of the ceasefire regime are, naturally, a negative factor.  Russia plays a certain role here. I just want to mention this,” Merkel declared.

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