Athens calls for OSCE for an emergency meeting to settle conflict between Azerbaijan, Armenia

Greece has called on the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to hold an emergency meeting, within the framework of an initiative to settle the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Artsakh / Karabakh region.

The Greek Foreign Ministry stated in a statement published today on its official website that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, sent a letter to the government of Albania, which now chairs the OSCE, and requested it to hold an emergency meeting of the permanent council of the organization to discuss the escalation of tension in Artsakh / Karabakh immediately.

The statement indicated that the Greek initiative aims to conduct discussions with the participation of the two parties to the conflict, within the OSCE, with the aim of studying all available means to reduce tension, noting that the desired goal is to resume negotiations on settling the dispute within the organization's Minsk Group of Artsakh / Karabakh.

The Greek side expressed in the statement its conviction that the conflict can only be resolved by peaceful means, adding: "Greece opposes any external intervention by a third country that increases tension."

She emphasized that Turkey must refrain from any steps and statements that come in this direction.

In addition, Athena warned that the escalation of the conflict in Artsakh / Karabakh had a tangible effect on the stability of the entire region, noting that Dendias confirmed this during his recent meeting with his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo.

The ministry confirmed that Dendias is still sticking to his plans to visit Yerevan, adding that the Greek Foreign Minister expressed in his recent contact with Armenian Foreign Minister Zagrab Mnatsakyanian Athens' readiness to contribute to efforts to reduce tension in the disputed region.


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