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 Thursday, October 12 2017 16:57
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Helsinki Commission USA announces  briefing on Karabakh conflict

Helsinki Commission USA announces  briefing on Karabakh conflict

ArmInfo. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following briefing:

According to the website of the Commission, last year, the conflict  surrounding the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South  Caucasus saw its worst outbreak of violence in more than two decades.  The so-called Four Day War in April 2016 claimed approximately 200  lives and demonstrated that the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, which  has persisted in a state of no-war/no-peace since a 1994 ceasefire,  is not a "frozen" conflict at all. Instead, the Line of Contact  separating the parties sees numerous ceasefire violations annually.  Each one risks igniting a larger-scale conflict that could draw in  major regional players, such as Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

Since 1997, the United States, France, and Russia have co-chaired the  Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in  Europe (OSCE), the principal international mechanism aimed at  reaching a negotiated solution to the conflict. The fragility of the  Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire underscores the importance of United  States engagement in the Minsk Group process.  The U.S. Helsinki  Commission will host two former United States Co-Chairs of the Minsk  Group process as well as a renowned independent expert on the  conflict to assess the current state of the dispute over  Nagorno-Karabakh, the Minsk Group format, and the prospects for  achieving a lasting peace.  





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