OSCE Wants Yerevan, Baku to Pledge to ‘Prepare their People for Peace’

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan greets the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on Feb. 20 in Yerevan
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan greets the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on Feb. 20 in Yerevan

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan greets the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on Feb. 20 in Yerevan

The OSCE Secretary General on Thursday said that the organization wants the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit to reading their respective populations for peace, calling such a pledge a “promising signal.”

The Secretary-General Thomas Greminger spoke at the organization’s Parliamentary Assembly currently underway in Vienna and expressed the OSCE’s commitment to its mediation mission for the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and called for progress in the Minsk Group-led negotiation process.

“The commitment of the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan to prepare their populations for peace can be a very promising signal,” Greminger said during the parliamentary assembly, emphasizing the need to strengthen the role of the mediation missions of the OSCE in the resolution.

Greminger’s statement came as the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen Igor Popov of Russia, Stephane Visconti of France and Andrew Schofer of the United States are touring the region in fresh talks with Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders.

Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan meets with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on Feb. 20 in Yerevan

Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan meets with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on Feb. 20 in Yerevan

On Wednesday, the co-chairmen met with Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Yerevan to assess the current stage of the negotiations. Last month, Mnatsakanyan met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Paris, while Pashinyan had an informal sit down with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The Co-chairs were interested in the Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting, which was the third of its kind between the leaders. The first was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and the second, in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the first two meeting Pashinyan and Aliyev initiated a broader communication mechanism between the two countries, while the third, reportedly lasting 90 minutes, was characterized as having focused on the trajectory of the peace talks.

The co-chairs were in Baku on Thursday where they held meetings with Azerbaijan’s top brass.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Kind of like 30 years too late for that. Besides, all parties involved like the status quo. It’s a convenient way to justify the state of emergency declaration. Civil and constitutional rights all get tossed out for the sake of the supposed greater good.

  2. Vagharshak Sevulyan said:

    ARTSAKH IS ARMENIAN, Armenia leaders when you sit around the table to talk , your first word is ” Artsakh is Armenian ” and last word will be ” Artsakh is Armenian ” and make sure that we are not going to use same as before , we are hurt people , we want our future generation happy, free, educated one.

  3. Vagharshak Sevulyan said:

    ‘ Prepare their People for Peace’ these peace loving nations find so fancy ways to trap us……………….there is no preparation for Armenia Nation , we always was prepared , where did we reach , they took are land in Western Armenia, Nachikevan , Cilicia enough is enough never mind returning our land Artsakh to our historic enemy to Azeris , we demand our stolen lands back , rest is OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs go some where else to prepare their people for peace , hands of filty OSCE Minks group , your agenda is destroy ARMENIA, get lost from our faces.

  4. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Peace? There is no peace between the Tatars and the Armenians. Only temporary lulls in the fighting. So if Armenia wants peace, it has to be prepared for war. It has to prepare for war in ways other than just bullet for bullet, eye for an eye, tank for tank. That is battlefield strategy from the Napoleonic war. Armenia needs technology that is cheap and overwhelmingly effective against expensive hardware. Armenia needs ways to empart psychological propaganda aimed at the Azery front line personell. Armenia needs innovation, and thinkers beyond the norm.

  5. Robert said:

    With an OSCE and a US representative there, why don’t they start out by convincing Turkey, a supposed NATO ally, to be “peaceful”?
    Once that is accomplished, THEN they can come to Armenia and Azerbaijan.