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Azerbaijani FM: Confidence building measures must be accompanied by the withdrawal of troops from occupied territories

osce meeting karabakh 300x142 Azerbaijani FM: Confidence building measures must be accompanied by the withdrawal of troops from occupied territoriesThe Karabakh conflict should be resolved on the basis of three principles of the Helsinki Final Act: territorial integrity, the right of nations to self-determination and the use of force, said Eamon Gilmore,  the  OSCE chairman, Foreign Minister of Ireland.

    At a joint press conference with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov, he noted that the parties have adopted these three basic principles and the OSCE supports them in this.

    “These principles must be applied simultaneously, it should not be done  separately,” said the head of the OSCE.   He called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to refrain from using force and to implement measures of mutual trust.

    Previously, Gilmore called for the introduction of a mechanism to investigate incidents at the contact line, the withdrawal of snipers and establishment of contacts between people. In turn, Mammadyarov said that Azerbaijan is not against  the  mechanism  of investigating the armed incidents.

    “If you apply this mechanism now, it will help to consolidate the  existing status quo,” said Mammadyarov.    As for the removal of snipers, this complex issue should also be solved.

    “If the Armenian forces  leave the occupied territories, there will be no need for snipers. If Armenia does not want its soldiers were killed, then  let  it withdraws troops from Azerbaijani territories,” said Mammadyarov.

    In turn, Gilmore stated  about the support of OSCE agreements  in Sochi by  Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, and expressed a hope that a future meeting of foreign ministers of both countries in Paris, on June 18, will be effective. During the meeting with Mammadyarov, Gilmour discussed  the issues of implementation of Azerbaijan’s OSCE commitments on democracy and human rights, in particular, the issues of the election. According to Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan is committed to its obligations to the OSCE.

    Gilmore, in turn, pointed to a discussion  regarding the question on the limitation of freedom of the media and arrests of journalists. He expressed support for the  activity  of the Baku office of OSCE in this area, as well as in areas of the human dimension, security  and protection  of  environment.

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