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Decisions based on the Interim Report on Nagorno-Karabakh – CSCE

SEVENTH CSO MEETING
Prague, 27-28 January 1992

(1) The Committee of Senior Officials noted the “Interim Report of the Rapporteur Mission on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Committee of Senior Officials:

(2) – urges the interested parties to impose an immediate cease-fire on all forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh area of the Azerbaijan Republic, the population of which expresses their will to enjoy all their rights including all those contained in the Principles of the Helsinki Final Act, and to implement fully their undertakings in the Communique issued by the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Russian Federation in Moscow on 20 February 1992;

(3) – underlines the fact that the presence in the area of groups of eminent persons from CSCE participating States will contribute to the establishment of an effective cease-fire and urges concerned parties to guarantee their safety and to take all necessary steps to this end;

(4) – requests that all participating States and all states in the region impose an immediate embargo on all deliveries of weapons and munitions to forces engaged in combat in the Nagorno-Karabakh area, and inform the Conflict Prevention Centre of steps taken in this respect;

(5) – urgently requests the Chairman-in-Office of the CSCE to contact international and voluntary organizations with appropriate resources to provide humanitarian assistance, and to encourage them to provide humanitarian assistance, and to encourage them to provide such assistance, both to the inhabitants of Nagorno-Karabakh, and to the refugees and displaced persons on both sides of this
conflict, including those from the Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan;

(6) – requests that the Chairman-in-Office of the CSCE convene representatives of the States concerned with a view to immediately establishing safe corridors for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the inhabitants of Nagorno-Karabakh;

(7) – requests the Chairman-in-Office of the CSCE, in contact with the authorities of Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as local authorities and representatives in Nagorno-Karabakh, to promote if necessary under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the immediate exchange of hostages;

(8) – requests the Chairman-in-Office of the CSCE, in conjunction with the authorities of Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as local authorities and representatives in Nagorno-Karabakh, to promote, if necessary under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the immediate return of remains of all the dead to their families for respectful burial.

(9) – The Committee of Senior Officials, seeking a peaceful and lasting settlement to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh in accordance with the Principles, commitments and provisions of the CSCE and the equal legitimate aspirations of all peoples concerned, agreed that this requires from all the concerned parties:

(10) – respect for international obligations with regard lo the rule of law. democracy and human rights including all those based on
the Principles, commitments and provisions of the CSCE;

(11) – guarantees for the rights of ethnic and national communities and minorities, in accordance with the commitments subscribed to in the framework of the CSCE;

(12) – respect for the inviolability of all borders, whether internal or external, which can only be changed by peaceful means and by
common agreement;

(13) – commitment to settle by agreement all questions concerning regional disputes;

(14) – guarantees for the absence of territorial claims towards any neighbouring state, including abstention from hostile propaganda
activities that would, inter alia, promote such territorial claims.
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The Committee of Senior Officials:

(15) – requests participating States in the region, in particular Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation, to continue their efforts to achieve a final and complete cease-fire and to promote negotiation among the parlies in the framework of the CSCE and
on the basis of CSCE principles;

(16) – strongly urges the continuation of the dialogue among all interested parties, including local authorities from Nagorno-Karabakh and representatives of Armenian and Azeri inhabitants from Nagorno-Karabakh. Among the first issues to be discussed in this dialogue should he the question of observers to monitor the cease-fire, the immediate needs of the refugees and displaced persons, the re-estahlishment of normal trade relations, and the establishment of an independent commission, including third parties, to review further problems relating to the refugees and displaced persons;

(17) – requests the Chairman-in-Officc of the CSCE to stand ready to participate in this dialogue, and, if requested by the parties, to
pursue it under the auspices of the CSCE;

 (18) – requests the Chairman-in-Office of the CSCE to contact the governments of CSCE participating States to determine whether it would be possible to provide a group of observers to monitor a cease-fire when it is established, and to make recommendations on this subject;

(19) – calls the attention of the interested parties to the possibility of using the various CSCE mechanisms to facilitate progress toward
a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, and, in this connection, the possibility of requesting the Chairman-in-Office
of the CSCE to form an international advisory commission on constitutional questions;

(20) – requests the CSCE participating States which may be able positively to influence the situation to report on progress toward a peaceful settlement at subsequent CSO meetings, in particular on the elements mentioned above;

(21) – agrees that the possibility of additional missions to Nagorno-Karabakh to monitor the evolving situation will be considered
whenever useful.

 

Source: Committee of Senior Officials, Journal No. 2, Annex 1, Seventh Committee on Senior
Officials meeting, Prague, 27-28 February 1992.

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