OSCE Yerevan Office Implements A Number Of Projects In Military-Poli


Noyan Tapan
Oct 24, 2008

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 24, NOYAN TAPAN. Settlement of the conflicts and
improval of the situation in the region first of all depends on
the extent of confidence. Some countries in the region speak for
settlement of conflicts and only then speak about establishment of
cooperation, that is, "put the cart before the horse," while normal
regional cooperation should be established at first. Ambassador
Sergei Kapinos, the Head of OSCE Yerevan Office, stated on October 24,
commenting upon the situation formed in the process of settlement of
the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

At the same time the diplomat emphasized that the issue of Nagorno
Karabakh settlement is not within the activity mandate of OSCE
Yerevan Office, it is task of Minsk Group. S. Kapinos said that
military-political, economic, ecological directions, as well as the
situation in the sphere of human rights and democratic processes on
the whole are the main directions of the activity of the office.

Among projects in the military-political sphere being implemented
in the region, S. Kapinos singled out a pilot project on creation of
Police named communal or territorial. "We try to change the activity
methods of the Police, to make it more democratic and professional." In
his words, OSCE has already provided much means within the framework of
the project, including computers and educational supplies. Assistance
to the RA National Assembly in exercising democratic control over the
armed forces is another important project in the military-political
sphere carried out by OSCE Yerevan Office.

S. Kapinos stated that in the sphere of democracy and human rights
OSCE Yerevan Office carries out projects aimed at ensuring freedom of
expression, holds a monitoring of legal proceedings, much importance
is also attached to problems of migration.

As regards efficiency of OSCE’s activity in the issue of assistance
to development of democracy under the lack of political will of the
Armenian authorities, S. Kapinos said that much depends on maturity,
self-organization of society and on presence of organizations that
are engaged in protection of human rights and rights of individual
groups or classes of society.

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