ArmenPress
Nov. 2, 2004

RUSSIAN MINSK GROUP COCHAIRMAN AGAINST PUTTING KARABAGH ISSUE ON UN
ASSEMBLY SESSION AGENDA

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 2, ARMENPRESS: The Russian cochairman of the OSCE
Minsk, Yury Merzlyakov, said the UN General Committee's decision to
include an item on the situation in the occupied territories of
Azerbaijan on the UN General Assembly's agenda could have negative
consequences, such as harming efforts to bring about a just and lasting
settlement.
Interviewed by Azerbaijan's ATV television Merzlyakov said the UN
General Assembly's session is not the proper forum to discuss the
matter.
Merzlyakov recalled the France's representative speech, who spoke on
behalf of the Co-Chairmanship of the Minsk Group, which also includes
the Russian Federation and the United States, who spoke against the
decision.
"Today when we are all waiting for the sides to resume talks there
was no necessity to raise the issue," he said, reiterating that placing
the issue on UN agenda would bring about more harms than help to make
progress.