ANKARA: OSCE Chairman to Talk Karabakh Settlement in Baku

Journal of Turkish Weekly
June 14 2012

OSCE Chairman to Talk Karabakh Settlement in Baku

Thursday, 14 June 2012

The chairman-in-office of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, will touch upon the settlement of the
Nagorny Karabakh conflict during his visit to Azerbaijan, the OSCE
office in Baku told RIA Novosti.

Nagorny Karabakh is a breakaway region on Azerbaijani territory with a
predominantly ethnic Armenian population.

An Azerbaijani diplomat said Gilmore will meet with President Ilham
Aliyev, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, Foreign Minister Elmar
Mamedyarov and other officials and public.

Prior to his visit to Azerbaijan’s capital, Gilmore told Baku-based
ARA news agency that the OSCE may not impose its solution to the
conflict.

Gilmore, who earlier visited Armenia, also said only dialogue and free
expression of will by parties to the conflict may help solve the
conflict, adding that violence should stop.

The conflict between the two Caucasus states erupted in the late
1980s, when Nagorny Karabakh claimed independence from Azerbaijan. It
is estimated to have left more than 30,000 people dead on both sides
between 1988 and 1994. The region has since remained under Armenian
control.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

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