Vienna, February 12, AZERTAC
Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov has addressed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. In his address he spoke about current security challenges in the South Caucasus and stressed the need to revitalize the Minsk Group for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Azimov highlighted Azerbaijan’s adherence to the Minsk process and called for a meeting of all members of the Minsk Group to be convened to ensure full use of this format in resolving the conflict. “Delay in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the remaining status-quo has a negative impact on regional security and the implementation of regional projects.”
He also stressed Azerbaijan’s continued commitment to international norms and to fighting transnational threats such as terrorism, trafficking of drugs and radicalization.
Economic reforms and creation of favorable conditions for investment are among the priorities of Azerbaijan, said Deputy Minister Azimov. Speaking about Azerbaijan’s achievements in fighting corruption by developing e-government services, he expressed readiness to share this experience with other OSCE participating states.
On 25-27 April 2016, Azerbaijan will host the 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Baku, which, according to Azimov, will be another contribution by the country to the development of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. “Promotion of multiculturalism is today our state policy, which creates the necessary conditions for representatives of different nations and ethnicities to co-exist peacefully,” he emphasized.