Co-Chairs assess “harsh reality” in territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh

VIENNA, 24 March 2011 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Bernard Fassier of France, Robert Bradtke of the United States, and Igor Popov of the Russian Federation) were in Vienna on March 23-24, where they briefed the Minsk Group and Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut on their recent and upcoming activities as mediators of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The Co-Chairs also presented the “Report of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ Field Assessment Mission to the Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan Surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh,” the Executive Summary of which is posted on the OSCE website: http://www.osce.org/mg/76209. The harsh reality of the situation in these territories has reinforced the view of the Co-Chairs that the status quo is unacceptable, and that only a peaceful, negotiated settlement can bring the prospect of a better, more certain future to the people who used to live in the territories and those who live there now. The Co-Chairs intend this report to be forward-looking — offering all parties a vision of how these areas could contribute to peace and prosperity, rather than being a source of tension and conflict.

The Co-Chairs will travel again to the region in the near future to continue discussions on the Basic Principles, building on the positive momentum of the March 5 Sochi summit. They also will develop with their interlocutors concrete measures to fulfill the commitments made at Sochi regarding investigations – with the participation of all sides – of ceasefire violations.

Noting the continuing importance of restraint by the sides both on the ground and in public statements, the Co-Chairs consider unacceptable any use or threat of force, including against civil aircraft. In that respect, they strongly condemn the senseless cycle of killings and retaliations along the front lines. They reiterated their long-standing position that all sides should prepare their populations for peace, not war.

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4 thoughts on “Co-Chairs assess “harsh reality” in territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh

  1. is will be best if we just give away Karabakh or at least Karbajar and Lachin. It was never ours anyway. time has come to make peace with our neighbours, open borders and bring prosperity to Hayastan!!

  2. No, “Avetis” forgot to tell you his real name is Mehmet Gandoniev.

    What do you say “Avetis”? How about Azikistan instead give Armenia the rest of Armenian lands and Turkey as well, so we can all live in peace.

  3. Anybody know that PANTURKISM stil live and well?Evel Anglo-American-Turkish bussiness like to erase armenia from map! Wtere is Armenian National GOLD fund?Kocharian sold to IMF !Who keep talking with PANTURKISTS azeris?Kocharian-Cargsjan tandem.Ewerybody know turkish-azeri final goal is PANTURKISH UNION !And Armenia will be destroed!This is reality approved by western power.We need MIATSUM today and stop any stuped talks with Panturkists!Turks will keep blokade to the end of Armenia!Everybody know that.Sargsjan try to make pease with them?Gift a land for road.Turks want Zangezur!Turks gona keep blokade and west cant do nothing!

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