// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

Council of Europe supports OSCE Minsk Group in Karabakh settlement

Council of Europe supports OSCE Minsk Group in Karabakh settlement

PanARMENIAN.Net - Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland said in a statement Wednesday, January 11, that the Council does not have a direct role in the negotiations over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and always refers to, and supports the role of, the OSCE Minsk Group.

Citing recent clashes on Armenia-Azerbaijan border on December 29, 2016, Jagland also addressed the humanitarian aspects of the conflict.

"I am aware that the violations of the ceasefire resulted in casualties, and that the Armenian Armed Forces are still holding the body of an Azerbaijani serviceman killed in the fighting.

"I urge the parties to respect the ceasefire, and I fully support the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group’s call for the return, without delay, of human remains - in accordance with the agreements of the Astrakhan Summit of 2010 - bearing in mind the humanitarian nature of this issue”.

Azerbaijani troops attempted a subversive attack near the village of Chinari in Armenia's Tavush province in the early hours of December 29. Three Armenian servicemen were killed in the attack. The Armenian Defense Ministry said it possesses undeniable evidence of violation of the state border by Azerbaijan, adding that up to seven Azeri troops were also killed. Armenia still holds the body of one of Azerbaijan's soldiers, with ICRC engaged in negotiations over its return.

Read also:Azerbaijan-Armenia border clashes "unacceptable" - OSCE Minsk Group

 Top stories
The members of the delegation put flowers at monument and the eternal fire and honored in silence the memory of the Holy Martyrs.
The construction of a ropeway connecting the cities of Stepanakert and Shushi in Artsakh are set to begin in the near future.
A group of Washington, DC lawyers decided last week to sue the Turkish government, two Turkish-Americans and three Turkish Canadians.
A budget of one billion rials (some $24,000) has been allocated to the projects that include flooring and strengthening as well.
Partner news