Ambassador Arman Kirakossian, Head of Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the OSCE, delivered remarks at the 1200th session of the OSCE Perment Council in response to the annual report of the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chairs.
In his remarks Ambassador Kirakossian thanked the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chairs for the efforts put for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict and added that 2018 is marked with an important anniversary: in February 1988, the regional council of the people’s deputies of the Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast made a decision asking the Soviet Armenia and Soviet Azerbaijan to approach with understanding to the will and dreams of the Armenian population of Karabakh and agree on the transfer of the Oblast from Azerbaijan, in response to this appeal of self-determination, carried out violence, deportations, crimes and unleash a war.
Ambassador Kirakossian stated that since that time the status and security of Artsakh became the most important elements of the conflict settlement. The Armenian highlighted that today the Armenian people highly value democracy and human rights, which wad approved this spring by the peaceful and democratic changes that took place in Armenia as a result of which early parliamentary elections will be held this December.
Talking about the position of the new Armenian leadership on the conflict settlement, the Ambassador outlined several key points:
The first one –the status and security of the Artsakh people are one of the most important issues for the conflict settlement and are the absolute priority of Armenia.
The second one – the people and authorities of Artsakh must have a decisive voice in the conflict settlement process. Any attempt to isolate Artsakh and its people from the conflict settlement process contradicts to both the causes of the conflict’s origins and the existing reality. Artsakh is populated by its native people who historically constantly comprised an absolute majority, including at all stages of the conflict.
The third one – Armenia continues supporting the efforts of hte Minks Group Co-Chairs (Russia, US and France) aimed at settling the conflict exclusively through peaceful means
The fourth one –the conflict cannot have a military solution, and the military scenarios should be rejected unconditionally. The 2016 April military adventurism had a negative impact on the peace process. The current positive dynamics, which was formed as a result of the recent meetings and the agreements reached in Dushanbe, must be followed by an implementation of actions aimed at strengthening trust and security already agreed upon in Vienna, St. Petersburg, and Geneva, which role in mitigating the tension in the Line of Contact and the border. In its turn it will strengthen the OSCE presence in the conflict zone.
The fifth one — the creation of atmosphere contributing to peace requires not only reduction of tension and introduction of monitoring mechanisms, but also preparing people to peace, the hostile rhetoric and maximalist positions questions the possibilities of mutual concession.
Ambassador Arman Kirakossian also thanked the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and his team for strengthening the ceasefire regime and the trust between sides.