OSCE MG co-chair: “Changing the format is not going to address any of problems”
During the interview with Radio Liberty US co-chair of the OSCE MG was asked whether really the Minsk Group needs to take a new approach or risk losing legitimacy.
“I don’t think that the problem of our inability to reach a peace agreement has been the format of the Minsk Group or the format of the co-chairs. The problem is that these are very difficult questions. The differences between the sides are very great, and frankly, there’s a lack of trust. Changing the format is not going to address any of those things. Those things will continue.
I feel that we’ve made a lot of substantive progress in the last years. Again, I think the outlines of an agreement are there. There are complications about the sequencing of steps toward a final settlement, about fleshing out some of the details, and as I say, there’s this lack of trust which makes it much more difficult to reach agreement.
So I think rather than starting over again from some new perspective with some new format, the sides have told us that they want to work in this format and that they accept this format”, Bradtke said.
During the conversation the diplomat also spoke about the
”Obviously, we had hoped to see more progress at
One of the challenges at this stage is the interrelationship among the steps described in the Basic Principles document. I really don’t want to get into too much detail, because this is a sensitive negotiation, but that’s really one of the challenges now. It’s the sequencing and interrelationship of the steps that take place”,
As everyone knows Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev offered ten changes in the document at the last moment and that is why no document was signed during the
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