Friday, March 07, 2008

OSCE Sees Precedent between Kosovo and Karabakh Conflicts

BAKU (Trend)--The Chief consultant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe told Thursday said he saw precedent between the Kosovo and Karabakh conflicts. “Irrespective of the difference between Kosovo and Nagorno-Karabakh conflicts, the Kosovo model of settling the conflict may be a precedent for the Nagorno-Karabakh problem,” the chief consultant of the OSCE, Dov Lints, said during a speech at a NATO Parliamentary Assembly seminar in Baku. “The problems should be resolved. Otherwise new victims would appear and actions with the separatist mood would be carried out,” the OSCE envoy said. The State Department was quick to react with its spokesman Tom Casey saying that Kosovo does not set a precedent and should not be viewed as such. “Kosovo's status was implemented with a specific United Nations Security Council resolution, which presupposed that status would be defined at the right moment by the international community." "That is where we are now. Kosovo is not a precedent and should not be seen as a precedent for any other place in the world. It is certainly not a precedent for Nagorno-Karabakh,” the U.S. State Department spokesman said

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