United Nations

A/51/707


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

5 December 1996

ORIGINAL:
RUSSIAN


                                                      A/51/707
                                                      S/1996/1009


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 4 December 1996 from the Permanent Representative
          of Azerbaijan to the United Nations addressed to the
                               Secretary-General


     I have the honour to inform you that at the meeting of Heads of
State and Government of the States participating in the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), held in Lisbon on 2 and
3 December 1996, in addition to other problems, the issue of a
settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict was discussed.

     The OSCE Chairman-in-Office and the Co-Chairmen of the OSCE Minsk
Conference put forward an initiative for the inclusion in the final
Lisbon Summit Declaration of a special paragraph setting forth the
basic principles for a settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani
conflict, which were supported by all the members of the OSCE Minsk
Group.

     The Republic of Armenia vetoed the inclusion of this text in the
declaration.

     Nevertheless, Mr. Flavio Cotti, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, made
a separate statement at the summit on the issue in which he assessed
the state of the peace process at the current stage and set forth the
position of the OSCE Minsk Group and the entire European community
concerning the basic principles on which a settlement should be based.

     This statement by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office is an
integral part of the Lisbon Summit Declaration (see annex).

     I request you to have this letter and its annex circulated without
delay as a document of the General Assembly under agenda items 10 and
38, and of the Security Council.


                                                   (Signed)  E. KOULIEV
                                                   Permanent Representative


                                     ANNEX

                                                          [Original:  English]

         Statement made by the Chairman-in-Office of the Organization
         for Security and Cooperation in Europe at the Summit of the 
             Organization, held at Lisbon on 2 and 3 December 1996


     You all know that no progress has been achieved in the last two
years to resolve the Nagorny Karabakh conflict and the issue of the
territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  I regret that
the efforts of the Co-Chairmen of the Minsk Conference to reconcile
the views of the parties on the principles for a settlement have been
unsuccessful.

     Three principles that should form part of the settlement of the
Nagorny Karabakh conflict were recommended by the Co-Chairmen of the
Minsk Group.  These principles are supported by all States members of
the Minsk Group.  They are:

     (a) Territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia and the
Azerbaijan Republic;

     (b) Legal status of Nagorny Karabakh defined in an agreement
based on self-determination that confers on Nagorny Karabakh the
highest degree of self-rule within Azerbaijan;

     (c) Guaranteed security for Nagorny Karabakh and its whole
population, including mutual obligations to ensure compliance by all
the parties with the provisions of the settlement.

     I regret that Armenia could not accept this.  These principles
have the support of all other participating States.

     This statement will be included in the Lisbon Summit documents.


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