(Civil.Ge) — German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose country now holds OSCE’s rotating chairmanship, starts a three-day visit to the South Caucasus countries on June 29.
After visiting Armenia and Azerbaijan, Steinmeier will arrive in Tbilisi, where he will address the opening session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s annual meeting on July 1.
In Tbilisi the German Foreign Minister will also meet his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze and PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Before his departure, Steinmeier said that despite much turbulence in Europe, one must not lose sight of the situation in the South Caucasus.
“The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict risks to re-escalate at any time,” Steinmeier was quoted in an OSCE press release on Wednesday. “As Chair of the OSCE we have the responsibility to hedge this risk as far as possible.”
He also said that the settlement of territorial conflicts in Georgia has to remain high on OSCE’s agenda.