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The only way to resolve this long-standing conflict is for the sides to return to the negotiation table in good faith, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger said in an interview with Interfax.

Greminger said the OSCE provides a forum for dialogue and supports the sides in working towards a lasting peace. For this, there needs to be a genuine political will and commitment from the sides.

“Only the sides themselves can achieve a peaceful settlement – the OSCE cannot impose a solution. In this regard, I welcome the October 16 meeting in Geneva between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, which was held under the auspices of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group and were the first direct talks at this level in more than a year. In particular, I welcome that the presidents agreed to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and to take additional steps to reduce tensions on the line of contact,” he said.

“The Minsk Group co-chairs and the chairperson-in-office through his personal representative are continuously in direct contact with the sides in efforts to ease tensions and promote negotiations.

The monitoring exercises conducted regularly by the Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, remain the only sustainable confidence-building measure in the military sphere.”

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