OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan and Armenia in early June, Trend News reported.
During his June 3 visit to Baku, Burkhalter will meet with Azerbaijani officials. The meeting will focus on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict's settlement and cooperation with the OSCE.
After his visit to Azerbaijan, Burkhalter will travel to Yerevan.
Burkhalter welcomed the Organization’s long-term objectives and priorities in resolution of protracted conflicts in Europe.
At the New-York hosted UN Security Council meeting in late February, the OSCE chief urged the international community to prevent protraction of Georgia’s status quo as well as Karabakh or Transnistrian conflicts. As he noted, the two Special Representatives for the South Caucasus and Moldova, respectively should assist the parties in these conflicts to identify and implement steps that will promote peaceful settlements. According to Burkhalter, the U.S., as the most active member of the Organization, stays true to its mission and welcomes the UN-coordinated actions to continue the peace dialogue.