OSCE MINSK GROUP SHOULD DO MORE FOR KARABAKH SETTLEMENT - BAKU

Interfax News Agency
July 31 2008
Russia

Baku has urged the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe) Minsk Group to step up it's efforts on the Karabakh
settlement process.

"Unfortunately, the intermediaries either do not understand or do not
want to understand certain founded demands of Azerbaijan," head of
the Azeri presidential administration's external relations department
Novruz Mamedov told the Azeri television channel Space.

Azerbaijan respected the intermediaries but "they should confirm
their status as diplomats and conflict managers," he said.

It does not become intermediaries to drag out time and visit the
region from time to time, Mamedov said.

"Everyone in Azerbaijan is highly sensitive to the [Karabakh] problem,
and everyone knows what role the [OSCE Minsk Group] co-chairmen may
play and what role they play actually. That is the problem," he said.

The OSCE Minsk Group ,chaired by representatives of the United States,
Russia and France, is working on the Karabakh settlement.