Greece launches peace initiative for Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict

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Greece is taking the initiative for a de-escalation of the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh with Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, calling for an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Permanent Council, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

The Foreign Ministry also underscored that Greece disapproves of any intervention of third parties which incites tension, and it calls on Turkey to refrain from actions and statements that move in this direction.

“The Greek initiative aims to hold a debate within the OSCE with the participation of the two stakeholders and to consider every possible way to de-escalate the crisis,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

READ MORE: Greece calls on Armenia-Azerbaijan to stop military operations immediately.

“The goal remains the urgent resumption of negotiations within the Minsk Group on the peaceful settlement of the dispute.”

The statement went on to say that “Greece is ready to contribute to the efforts for the immediate de-escalation of the crisis.”

“(This) Readiness… was expressed by Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, to his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, during their recent phone conversation,” the statement said.

“During the same conversation, the close ties of friendship between Greece and Armenia were reaffirmed.”

A new conversation with Mnatsakanyan has been scheduled via teleconference on Thursday.

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