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Steinmeier meets with the Minsk Group to discuss how to resolve the Nagorno‑Karabakh conflict

21.04.2016 - Article

On 20 April Foreign Minister Steinmeier met the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. The subject of the meeting was resolution of the Nagorno‑Karabakh conflict.

On 20 April Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier met the co‑chairs of the Minsk Group of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe) and the Personal Representative of the Chairperson‑in‑Office for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk. The talks focused on investigating ways to resolve the conflict following the recent escalation of fighting in the region at the beginning of April.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier with the co‑chairs of the Minsk Group
Foreign Minister Steinmeier with the co‑chairs of the Minsk Group© Thomas Imo/photothek.net

The co‑chairs gave Foreign Minister Steinmeier a report on their most recent visit to the region and shared their impressions of talks with the parties involved in the conflict. Everyone agreed that a long‑term ceasefire and the resumption of political negotiations remain crucial.

As holder of the OSCE Chairmanship, Germany supports the mediation efforts of the Minsk Group and its co‑chairs in the Nagorno‑Karabakh conflict and intends to continue its work to find ways of resolving the conflict.

Embarking on ways to find a permanent solution to the conflict

During the armed clashes in the region, Foreign Minister Steinmeier maintained close contact with all parties. Together with international partners, it was possible to swiftly restore the ceasefire in the region. However, at the same time Steinmeier repeatedly stressed that a return to the status quo of a ceasefire did not offer security for the future and that the situation could escalate again. In his view it is therefore important to reactivate the existing negotiation mechanism within the framework of the Minsk Group in order to embark on ways to find a permanent solution to the conflict.

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