The international community has reiterated its committment to support the countries of the South Caucasus, particularly in their efforts to resolve the conflicts in the region. Representatives of the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday. 12 November, joined dozens of experts and academics to discuss ongoing processes in the South Caucasus region, prospects for regional-co-operation and how to address issues related to the unresolved conflicts. The 3rd Oxford Conference on contemporary South Caucasus Issues, jointly organised by LINKS (DAR) and Oxford University this year has the theme "Regional Co-operation in the South Caucasus: elusive but necessary".
Dame Audrey Glover at the start of the opening session invited participants to mark a minute silence to honour those who fell in WWI, and in all conflicts since, including in conflicts in the South Caucasus.
The conference then heard opening remarks by Toivo Klaar, European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the conflict in Georgia; Cihan Sultanoglu, United Nations Representative for the Geneva International Discussions; and Rudolph Michalka, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairmanship for the South Caucasus. All three speakers spoke about the intensive engagement of the international community to the region and to the three countries, particularly with regards to the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
photo: Cihan Sultanoglu, Audrey Glover, Toivo Klaar and Robert Michalka at the opening of the 3rd Oxford Conference on contemporary South Caucasus issues held at Oxford University on 12 November 2018
On Tuesday, PACE approved a resolution that will allow the Russian delegation to take part in the Assembly's June session. The resolution was backed by 118 members, 62 parliamentarians voted against it, while 10 abstained.
In the Karabakh peace process there has been a reluctance by track 1 participants to engage properly with track II initiatives. The EU supported EPNK process has shown that unconventional diplomacy has much to contribute, and its energy must now be put to good use.