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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Statement on Visiting Armenia

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde, concluded a working visit to Armenia today, OSCE official website reports

During the trip, Linde stressed the importance of making progress regarding outstanding issues in the conflict context, with respect for OSCE principles, underlining in particular the need to respect international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights. In this context, Linde underscored the need for full implementation of the trilateral 10 November ceasefire statement, including regarding detainees. She also stressed the need for confidence-building efforts and unhindered access for international actors on the ground.

“As Chairperson-in-Office, I fully support the work of the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group and my Personal Representative in their efforts to advance peace and contribute to a comprehensive, sustainable settlement. The OSCE and the international community as a whole have an important role to play in dealing with outstanding issues and in finding ways forward,” said Linde.

During her visit, Linde met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, President Armen Sarkissian, Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian, as well as other interlocutors, including representatives from civil society. She expressed the Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship’s interest in exploring further areas for increased OSCE engagement in and with Armenia.

Talks focused on areas of existing co-operation and the OSCE’s support to Armenia in the implementation of its commitments within all three dimensions of security.

“Our Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship is emphasizing the fundamental tasks of the OSCE to defend the European Security Order, to uphold the unique OSCE concept of comprehensive security, and to focus on the resolution of conflicts – priorities which I was fortunate to be able to discuss here in Yerevan. In our work, it will be crucial that we also advance the agenda for Women, Peace and Security,” said Linde.

 


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