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Withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from conflict zone would relax tension in region

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Trend 01/07/2006 13:01 - The Co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group have led the peaceful dialogue to a certain stage after which the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia should make a decision, Mathew Bryza, the USA state secretary advisor on Europe and Eurasia, co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, told in his interview with Radio Liberty, Trend reports.

"My words may urge people to create a condition for healthy debates in the region," told Brysa.

"I am surprised not at the debates, but at the issue that several persons who are not familiar with the recent statement of co-chairs of Minsk group in Vienna gave a rapid reaction to the meeting. In the statement of co-chair, everything was stated obviously, but my statement was shorter and common," Bryza added.

Bryza answered the question "May your peaceful plan statement be considered part of the strategy on beginning of debates?" that "May be yes or may be no. I only gave information on happening events. The document offered to the Permanent Council of OSCE is open for society."

"Co-chairs of Minsk Group used all their abilities and energy to prepare a "framework agreement" where the main principles of settlement found their reflections. The president need time to make a decision on the agreement," stressed Bryza. I'm very energetic and familiar with the leaders enough. We will continue working with them and don't state that the process has been ceased forever. However, we want to note that the dialogue was held till the definite level, after which the heads of the conflict countries should themselves take a resolution.

Touching on the contradictory statements on the conducting of referendum on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, American co-chair noted that the sides couldn't come to an agreement on main principles of the solution. Therefore, both presidents take responsibility that no agreement was reached up to now. "I cannot say which president takes greater responsibility. The presidents may declare that an agreement was reached on the main principles or may announce that the agreement was made changes and a packet plan will be prepared," told new co-chair.

At the same time Bryza noted that he withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the conflict zone, undoubtedly, increase the tension in the region. "Therefore, the issue is important element of the major principles of resolution. However, stating to Armenians that withdraw the arms from the region and it will relax the tension in the region and we will achieve the desired. The Armenians will go to it, if they will receive anything in exchange. That is the major principle. The experts are right -the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces will relax the tension. But they should receive something in exchange. Therefore, the heads of state ought to take a difficult resolution.

Bryza noted that the demilitarization of the region will be accompanied with national voting or referendum on future status of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The problem is linked with coordination of the time parameters for withdrawal or re-dislocation of Armenian forces with the status of Karabakh. That's the major problem complicating the process.

In the end Bryza voiced his hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be included in the agenda of the meeting of G8 in St-Petersburg. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the issue will be under discussion. "We'd like the issue to be included in the agenda of the meeting," the adviser to the US Secretary of State in Europe and Eurasia, said.

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