Lajčák Visits Azerbaijan as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

Lajčák Visits Azerbaijan as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

5.3.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

The peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region was the central topic of the meeting of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic as the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with his Azerbaijani partners today (5 March 2019). The visit to Azerbaijan is part of the numerous visits paid by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the OSCE regions during this calendar year of Slovakia’s Chairmanship of this 57-member organization.


The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has lasted for decades and has immediate negative consequences for common people, who are also at the center of the priorities set by Slovakia as the OSCE Chairmanship country. “Slovakia's Chairmanship is ready to support any initiatives geared towards building mutual trust and the dialogue between the parties in conflict, an issue that the co-chairs of the Minsk Group are solving. We wish that during our Presidency the position of all parties will become as close as possible and that this will prepare the inhabitants affected by this conflict for the long-awaited peace,” stated Minister Lajčák in this regard. He also highlighted the work of the OSCE Minsk Group and the role of the Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office in the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference, Andrzej Kasprzyk, as well as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus Rudolf Michalka.


Minister Lajčák talked about the opportunities for progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with top constitutional stakeholders of Azerbaijan – the head of diplomacy Elmar Mammadyarov, President Ilham Aliyev, and the Speaker of the Parliament Ogtay Asadov. He also discussed with them the possibilities for further development of the Slovak-Azerbaijani bilateral relations, including political dialogue as well as both trade-and-economic and investment cooperation, also in the follow-up to the November visit of Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in Baku.


Lajčák also met with representatives of the Azerbaijani Community of the Nagorno Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan and its Chairman, Tural Ganjaliyev, who informed him about the living conditions of the internally displaced Azerbaijan citizens from Nagorno Karabakh after they have been forced to abandon their homes at the beginning of 1990’s due to the military conflict.