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 Wednesday, December 4 2019 16:22
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Moscow: OSCE plays a useful role in promoting Karabakh settlement

Moscow: OSCE plays a useful role in promoting Karabakh settlement

ArmInfo. The OSCE plays a useful role in promoting the Transnistrian and Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, is one of the co-chairs of the Geneva discussions on  security and stability in the Caucasus. This is stated in a statement  by the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the agenda for the  participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the 26th  meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Bratislava  on December 5-6.  "We believe that the settlement of any conflicts  should be carried out by peaceful political and diplomatic methods,  within the framework of established formats, with direct  participation and taking into account the interests of the parties to  the conflict," the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded that the CFM  serves as a platform for political dialogue among the participating  states, and the decisions taken by the OSCE are not legally binding  and are political commitments.

Having ascertained that meetings of the CFM are usually held in the  country, which chairs the OSCE in the current year, in 2019 these  functions are performed by Slovakia, from which the chairmanship will  be transferred to Albania in 2020. "We are open for constructive work  on all draft ministerial documents that have been put forward more  than 20. When coordinating the texts, our experts are guided by the  requirements of Russian legislation, international legal obligations  and national interests of Russia," the Russian Foreign Ministry said,  recalling that before the CFM a traditional meeting of the CSTO  foreign ministers is scheduled.

It should be noted that Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan  will also take part in the work of the OSCE Ministerial Council.  Moreover, on the sidelines of this important event, today in  Bratislava a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and  Azerbaijan is planned with the mediation of the co-chairs of the OSCE  Minsk Group. As Sergey Lavrov said the day before in Baku, after  discussing the negotiation process on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,  it is planned to adopt a final statement in either the 3 + 2 format  (the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan plus the three  co-chairs) or the statement of the co-chairs. 

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