Slovenian envoy, Armenian minister discuss cooperation with OSCE

Slovenian envoy, Armenian minister discuss cooperation with OSCE

26 Jul 04


Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan received today Slovenia’s
permanent representative to the OSCE, ambassador Janez Lenarcic, who
is the would-be chairman of the OSCE’s Permanent Council and is paying
a visit to the region.

Since Slovenia will chair the OSCE in 2005, Lenarcic asked Oskanyan to
brief him on Armenia’s stance regarding cooperation with the OSCE
bodies and its office in Yerevan, the Foreign Ministry’s press service
told Arminfo. The sides also exchanged views on the OSCE’s activity
and missions in various spheres, including those in regions which are
undergoing transition, such as the South Caucasus.

In this connection, the sides noted the OSCE’s peacekeeping role in
resolving conflicts. They positively assessed the role of the OSCE
Minsk Group in settling the Nagornyy Karabakh conflict.

Oskanyan commented on a CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States]
statement regarding the OSCE’s activity with a view to conducting
necessary reforms. Armenian representatives in Vienna have repeatedly
raised the issue, Oskanyan said.

Oskanyan also briefed Lenarcic on the process of settling the Nagornyy
Karabakh conflict, as well as on Armenian-Turkish relations. During
the meeting Lenarcic was accompanied by Vladimir Pryakhin, head of the
OSCE office in Yerevan, and Andrzej Kasprzyk, the personal
representative of the current OSCE chairman-in-office.