Azerbaijan International

Suggestions vs. Solutions for Nagorno-Karabakh

Olav Berstad"A conflict like Nagorno-Karabakh cannot be solved unless both sides are interested in resolving it. Of course, there is always a tendency to blame the other side. In the search for a just solution, it is crucial to explore creative ways to move beyond the conflict. In that respect, the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and, specifically, the Minsk Group [its 12-member committee that has been commissioned to help resolve the Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict] can facilitate the process by proposing solutions. Eventually, however, the difficult political and practical decisions must be made by those who are parties to the conflict. What we and others can offer are our good offices, not ready-made solutions."

Norwegian Ambassador Olav Berstad in a March 1999 interview with Azerbaijan International, referring to Norway's new position and responsibility as chair of the OSCE for 1999.

From Azerbaijan International (7.1) Spring 1999
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