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STATEMENT in Response to the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center as delivered by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian, Permanent Representative of Armenia at the 1200th Meeting

08.11.2018

 

STATEMENT

in Response to the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center

 

as delivered by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian, Permanent Representative of

Armenia at the 1200th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council

November 08, 2018

 

Mr. Chairperson,

 

We would like to thank Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre Ambassador Marcel Peṧko for his annual report to the Permanent Council.

 

The Vilnius decision on the elements of the conflict cycle provides exhaustive framework for conflict prevention, which should be at the core of the CPC activities. We welcome efforts of the CPC to act as the OSCE wide Early Warning Focal Point.

 

We share your strong emphasis of the confidence building measures particularly in the environment of growing trends of zero sum approaches by some states in the OSCE area. In this regard, we welcome support of the CPC to the structured dialogue.

 

Raising awareness on the OSCE confidence building documents and tools are essential. It is also important to share good practices from different conflict situations when it comes to confidence building measures and positive interactions among parties to the conflict.

 

The report refers to number of protracted conflict situations wherein the CPC is involved through different undertakings.  In this regard, we would like to underline that capabilities created by the decision on conflict cycle cannot be projected into protracted conflicts unless there is an explicit request by respective agreed formats and explicit consent of the parties to the conflict. 

  

Some attempts to interfere into the work of the agreed formats through operational guidance of the Mediation Support Unit are not acceptable.

 

We took note that the CPC has freedom of contacts and access to the people residing in conflict areas in number of protracted situations.  However, there is case when the CPC  does not only refrain from such contacts but makes certain actions which may legitimize attempts to impose such restrictions. We would like to be very clear here. Armenia will not support any direct involvement in the issues related to the protracted conflict unless there is free access of the CPC to all parties to the conflict.

 

 

 

Mr. Chairperson,

 

We have always appreciated the role of CPC in supporting field missions throughout the OSCE area including in the South Caucasus.  The CPC was important partner of the OSCE Office in Yerevan and under the current circumstances we look forward to sustaining OSCE engagement through Armenia Cooperation Programme (ACP).

 

We understand that the ACP cannot be a substitute for the full-fledged OSCE Office as both scope of the programme and funds are rather limited. However, Armenia is ready to show flexibility in continuing its cooperation at all levels with the OSCE executive structures.

 

Armenia showed readiness to cooperate with CPC and interested participating states in other frameworks including in implementing SALW projects and we expect de-politicized and impartial stance from all concerned.

 

We also value the support of the CPC to the PRCiO, which remains the only OSCE mission in the South Caucasus and the permanent  presence in the conflict area. The expansion of the PRCiO, which was agreed but not yet implemented, is important in this regard.

 

In conclusion, we would like to wish every success to Mr. Peṧko and his able team and express our readiness for further cooperation.

 

Thank you