The OSCE will attempt to organize a meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh, said Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, speaking in Baku on Thursday.
Steinmeier, who is also Germany’s foreign minister, made the remarks while meeting internally displaced people originally from the city of Shusha.
Steinmeier said he supports the organizing of regular meetings between the two communities, an initiative originally supported by Azerbaijani MP Rovshan Rzayev. He said he will learn the Armenian side’s opinion before proceeding.
During a joint meeting with Azerbaijan’s foreign minister earlier in the day, Steinmeier also said actions will be taken to strengthen the ceasefire regime.
“After the April clashes, we need compromise and proposals more than before. We want the conflict settled in a constructive way,” he said, adding that the OSCE co-chairs are working on a peace settlement.
“To settle the conflict, we have to use the presidents’ opportunities to meet, and hold serious discussions for restoration and maintenance of the ceasefire.”
SOURCE: Commonspace.eu and agencies
PHOTO: Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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