OSCE HOPES FOR PROGRESS IN KARABAKH PROCESS IN 2009

Azat Artsakh Daily
25 Dec 08
Republic of Nagorno Karabakh [NKR]

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) hopes
for progress in settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict next
year. "We hope we will see progress in 2009," new OSCE chairman, Greek
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said. The OSCE chairman-in-office
and Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb officially handed over
office of the chairman to his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis
at the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on
Dec. 4. Greece's chairmanship in the Organization will start on January
1, 2009. Bakoyannis said Greece believes that frequent meetings
between representatives of Azerbaijan and Armenia will lead to the
establishment of mutual confidence which is essential to resolve
the conflict. "Greece fully supports these efforts and encourages
constructive engagement from both parties, in line with the Statement
delivered at the Helsinki Summit earlier this month by the French
Foreign Minister on behalf of the European Union," Bakoyannis said,
Trend Azeri news agency reports. "We hope we will see progress in
2009," new OSCE chairman, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said.

The OSCE chairman-in-office and Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander
Stubb officially handed over office of the chairman to his Greek counte
rpart Dora Bakoyannis at the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council
in Helsinki on Dec. 4. Greece's chairmanship in the Organization
will start on January 1, 2009. Bakoyannis said Greece believes that
frequent meetings between representatives of Azerbaijan and Armenia
will lead to the establishment of mutual confidence which is essential
to resolve the conflict. "Greece fully supports these efforts and
encourages constructive engagement from both parties, in line with
the Statement delivered at the Helsinki Summit earlier this month
by the French Foreign Minister on behalf of the European Union,"
Bakoyannis said, Trend Azeri news agency reports.