It is very difficult to settle such conflicts- Bernard Fassier

The term of tenure of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Bernard Fassier expired. Fassier held a press conference in Baku and said that it was his last visit to Azerbaijan as the co-chair: "If I visit your country again I will come as tourist or friend of Azerbaijan".

Fassier has visited today the Alley of Honor and the Alley of Martyrs, met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Sheikh-ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazadeh.

"Don’t criticize the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. We worked intensively with the sides to organize the meetings of the presidents and foreign ministers and to discuss all issues. We presented the basic principles in the end of 2007 and then we presented the renewed version of these principles. Many discussions have been held on these principles since then. Unfortunately, the Kazan meeting didn’t justify hopes. The mediation is a difficult mission, because the mediators are criticized by both sides at the same time. It is very difficult to settle such conflicts and to obtain consent from all persons participating in the negotiation process for all aspects. But in any case we mustn’t lose a hope. We still hope to achieve progress. For example, none of members of the international community could visit the occupied areas around Nagorno Karabakh till the start of my office, but now it is possible and two such missions were realized up to now".

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