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A/51/697


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

27 November 1996

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                                                      A/51/697
                                                      S/1996/987
                                                            


GENERAL ASSEMBLY                                            SECURITY COUNCIL
Fifty-first session                                         Fifty-first year
Agenda items 10 and 38
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON
  THE WORK OF THE ORGANIZATION
COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS
  AND THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY
  AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE


               Letter dated 27 November 1996 from the Permanent  
              Representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations
                      addressed to the Secretary-General


     I have the honour to transmit herewith the text of a statement by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Azerbaijan Republic regarding
the current situation in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani
conflict on the eve of the Summit of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe in Lisbon, issued on 27 November 1996 (see
annex).

     I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its
annex urgently circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under
agenda items 10 and 38, and of the Security Council.


                                             (Signed)  Eldar KOULIEV
                                             Permanent Representative


                                     ANNEX

                                                          [Original:  Russian]

             Statement issued on 27 November 1996 by the Ministry
                       of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan


     In connection with the forthcoming Summit of member countries of
the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to be
held in Lisbon on 2 and 3 December 1996, the President of the
Azerbaijani Republic, Heydar Aliyev, sent to the heads of State and
Government of the OSCE member countries on 6 November 1996 a special
statement containing an analysis of the situation with regard to the
settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in the period since
the Budapest Summit and the necessity of adopting serious decisions at
the forthcoming Lisbon Summit.

     The President of Azerbaijan noted the importance of incorporating
in those decisions the fundamental principles on the basis of which
the negotiations on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani
conflict will proceed, namely, respect for the territorial integrity
of the Azerbaijani Republic, the granting of broad autonomy to Nagorny
Karabakh as a constituent part of the Azerbaijani Republic, and
guarantees of security to the entire population of the Nagorny
Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

     In their replies, which are still being received, the leaders of
the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, France, Turkey and
other States commended the constructive nature of the proposals made
by Azerbaijan and expressed support for the idea that the decisions of
the Lisbon Summit should give serious impetus to the settlement of the
Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

     In the course of the contacts which have taken place during this
period between the Azerbaijani leadership and representatives of the
United States, the Russian Federation, Turkey, Germany, the United
Kingdom, France, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakstan, Finland, the
Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway and other States, questions
concerning the preparation of the OSCE Lisbon Summit emerged as the
main theme of the meetings.

     The draft decisions of the forthcoming Summit were also discussed
at the talks held in Helsinki from 18 to 22 November 1996 within the
framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.

     During these talks, pursuing the same line, the Co-Chairmen of the
Minsk Conference and of the OSCE Minsk Group, in consultation with
representatives of the Group's member States, made proposals based on
the principles for the settlement of the conflict contained in the
document submitted by the current President of the OSCE, the Minister
for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Flavio Cotti, during his visit to
the region in February 1996.

     The Azerbaijani Republic, considering the proposal of the
Co-Chairmen to be a basis for the continuation of work on the
formulation of mutually acceptable principles for the settlement of
the conflict, has expressed its readiness to work constructively on
that text and its view that the draft must be agreed in order to
achieve real results.

     However, the Republic of Armenia adopted an extremely negative
position with regard to the Co-Chairmen's draft and virtually refused
to work on it, thereby demonstrating its overt unwillingness to
accept, as a basis for settling the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, the
principles put forward by the Co-Chairmen, namely, the territorial
integrity of the Azerbaijani Republic, the granting to Nagorny
Karabakh of a status that would give it broad autonomy as a
constituent part of the Azerbaijani Republic, and guarantees of
security to the entire population of Nagorny Karabakh.

     At the second stage of the preparatory meeting for the Lisbon
Summit, the President of Switzerland, which holds the presidency of
the OSCE for 1996, put forward a text identical to the proposal of the
Co-Chairmen of the Minsk Conference for inclusion in the Summit
Declaration.  This indicates unequivocally that the international
community intends to seek a settlement of the conflict only on the
basis of respect for the principle of territorial integrity of the
Azerbaijani Republic and the possibility of granting autonomy to the
Nagorny Karabakh region as an integral part of the Azerbaijani
Republic.

     The attitude of the Republic of Armenia towards that proposal was
stated at the press conference given on 25 November by
Mr. Z. Liparidian, chief adviser to the President of the Republic of
Armenia, who indicated that the Republic of Armenia intends to
exercise its right of veto with regard to the document submitted.

     In connection with that statement, the Azerbaijani side considers
that the leadership of Armenia must seriously assess the possible
consequences of such actions, which would signify that country's
virtual opposition to the view of the international community as
unambiguously expressed in that document.

     The Azerbaijani Republic once again affirms its devotion to the
peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict and expresses
confidence that, at the Lisbon Summit of Heads of State and Government
of the OSCE, the international community will, on the basis of these
fundamental principles, work out a solution that will facilitate the
speedy liberation of the occupied territories and the return of the
displaced persons to their homes.


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