BAKU, 28 May 2016 – Concluding a two-day visit to Azerbaijan today, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on the South Caucasus Kristian Vigenin (MP, Bulgaria) reiterated the need for increased parliamentary communication in favour of efforts for a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In Baku, the Special Representative met with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Ogtay Asadov, Minister for Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov, and members of the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE PA.
A Message From Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar
ASTANA, 24 May 2016 – An OSCE-supported regional training seminar for some 50 military officers from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan on the practical implementation of the Vienna Document 2011 and confidence- and security-building measures began today in Astana.
The OSCE Programme Office in Astana organized the four-day event in co-operation with Kazakhstan's Defence Ministry and with the support of the OSCE field operations.
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 17:12 GMT
by Sophie MAKRIS Dave Clark
Azerbaijan and Armenia took a step back from the brink of open war on Monday as their presidents agreed to respect a ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.
In their first encounter since fierce fighting erupted last month, Azerbaijan's Ilham Aliyev and his Armenia's Serzh Sarkisian also agreed to renewed peace talks in June.
Yerevan, Armenia | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 03:37 GMT
by Mariam HARUTUNYAN and Emil GULIYEV in Baku
The US and Russia will push the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to shore up a fragile truce when the arch-foes meet on Monday for the first time since a surge in violence over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region.
Four days of fighting in Nagorny Karabakh in early April killed at least 110 people as a festering conflict over the territory flared into the worst violence since a 1994 ceasefire that halted a brutal war.
Tensions remain high in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after the Armenian government last week gave a green light for the country’s Parliament to vote on recognizing the region’s independence. Fighting broke out in the region in early April, killing well over 100 people in the space of four days and reigniting a once “frozen” conflict that has been ongoing for almost three decades. A diplomatic push is urgently needed to help defuse tensions, particularly with the risk of Russia and Turkey being drawn further into the fighting.
VIENNA, 12 May 2016 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France, remain fully committed to mediating a lasting settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In light of the recent violence and the urgency of reducing tensions along the Line of Contact, we believe the time has come for the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet.
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.
Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015
by Philip Remler
After nearly thirty years without peace, the conflict over the region of Karabakh, which pits Azerbaijan and Armenia against one another, has been called a “frozen conflict.” But with deadly fire across the line of contact every year, it is more accurate to say that the settlement process, rather than the conflict, is frozen. International mediation may have helped to deter the parties from resuming full-scale armed hostilities, but it has failed in its primary goal of resolving the conflict.
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
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Yerevan, ARMENIA | AFP | Wednesday 4/27/2016 - 07:24 GMT
Azerbaijani troops have killed an ethnic Armenian soldier in the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region, the rebel authorities said Wednesday, accusing Baku of breaching a fragile truce.
"A Karabakh army serviceman was killed overnight Wednesday as a result of Azerbaijan's aggression," said the breakaway region's defence ministry.
"Azerbaijan shelled Karabakh army positions along the entire frontline ... using mortars and rocket launchers," the ministry said in a statement.
Cumulative disbursements to Azerbaijan for lending and grants financed by ordinary capital resources, the Asian Development Fund, and other special funds amount to $1.23 billion.
Development priorities for Azerbaijan in the short to medium term will include projects in transport, energy, water and other urban infrastructure services, and private sector development.
Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.
The simmering 25-year conflict between Azerbaijan and the Armenian-backed disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh saw a dramatic escalation early this month. It didn’t make many headlines, but more than 100 people were killed in fierce clashes.
As Azerbaijani forces shelled the border, the northern farming village of Talish was evacuated, its residents forced to abandon their homes.
The HALO Trust has started to clear unexploded ordnance resulting from recent fighting between Karabakhi and Azerbaijani forces.
Between 1st and 5th April 2016 intense fighting broke out in Nagorno Karabakh (NK) all along the front line between Karabakh and Azerbaijan. Ground fighting was confined to areas close to the Line of Contact (LOC) but artillery fire penetrated more than 10km into Nagorno Karabakh.
Berlin, 12 April 2016 - The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed Serbia’s and Austria’s Foreign Ministers Ivica Dačić and Sebastian Kurz as well as the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier for an OSCE Troika meeting in Berlin today.
By Nino Lejava
From the outset, Germany’s chairmanship of the OSCE, in 2016, promised to be fraught with sizable challenges. One of these challenges came from the recent developments in the South Caucasus, which demonstrated with renewed force that national boundaries in the post-Soviet space, and thus the security situation, are still far from stable.
GENEVA, April 11 (UNHCR) – The recent fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region displaced several hundreds of people, mostly women, children and older people, and UNHCR is calling on all parties to ensure their rights are respected and protected.