The OSCE hopes that the negotiations for the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will gain pace, whilst the security situation on the line of contact and the state borders remains stable. This was stated by the OSCE Chairmanship Special Representative for the South caucasus, Ambassador Rudolph Michalka when making opening remarks at the 3rd Oxford Conference on Contemporary South Caucasus issues held at oxford University on 12 November.
The conference was organised by LINKS and the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre in the framework of the European Union's EPNK programme with the theme "Regional Co-operation in the South Caucasus: elusive but necessary".
You can watch the video of Mr Rudolph Michalka's intervention on the commonspace youtube channel here
"Let us work together constructively because the endeavour is a united and strong Europe," Ursula von der Leyen told MEPs after they confirmed her in the post. She will take up her new role on November 1.
On Monday, 15 July, yet another incident occurred in the vicinity of the David Gareji Monastery which lies on a disputed area of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The monastery has turned from a place of worship to a flashpoint, with Georgian religious zealots trying to state their claim on the land as Georgian territory, and Azerbaijani border guards stopping them.