A number of meetings, including with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, are expected to be held during OSCE Secretary General’s Thomas Greminger’s visit to Azerbaijan. Political, economic and humanitarian issues will be discussed as part of the meeting. In particular, the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be discussed. These remarks were made by Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmat Hajiyev in an interview with CBC.
“Issues of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the OSCE will be widely discussed within the framework of the meetings. Currently, Azerbaijan’s cooperation with this organization encompasses the political, economic, humanitarian and security spheres. Naturally, the most important issue in our cooperation is the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which will also be raised during the meeting. Unfortunately, Armenia grossly violates the commitments of the Helsinki Final Act. By keeping the Azerbaijani territories under occupation, Armenia violates the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” Hikmat Hajiyev said.
According to Hikmat Hajiyev, one of the topics of the discussions will be the adherence to the obligations of the Helsinki Final Act.
“The negotiation process, which is being conducted through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, has not yielded any results so far. The adherence to the obligations of the Helsinki Final Act and raising this issue among the other member countries will be discussed again,” Hikmat Hajiyev added.
This is Greminger’s first visit to Azerbaijan after he was appointed OSCE Secretary General July last year. The OSCE and Azerbaijan cooperate in various fields. The Minsk Group, the activities of which have become known as the Minsk Process, spearheads the OSCE’s efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is co-chaired by France, the Russian Federation and the United States. But their attempts have not yielded any results so far.