Diplomats from the OSCE “Minsk Process”, representing the three co-Chair countries, (France Russia and the United States) and the Swiss Chairmanship of the OSCE, have just ended a short visit to the region. Astatement by the OSCE said that the main objective of their visit was to review the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, Kelbajar, and Lachin, in accordance with their mandate. The statement added that “In traveling through these areas, they saw signs of improvements in infrastructure, but could not observe any indications that the size of the population had changed in recent years.”
Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.
An incident at a military facility of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic resulted in three Armenian soldiers killed and one seriously injured. It is not clear what the exact circumstances of the incident were, but for the moment it is being treated as an accident.