ATHENS — Greece is taking an initiative for the de-escalation of the the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias calling for the extraordinary meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.
The foreign ministry also underlined that Greece disapproves of any intervention of third parties that incites tension and calls on Turkey to refrain from actions and statements that move in this direction.
"The escalation of tension in Nagorno-Karabakh has a serious impact on regional stability, a view that was highlighted by the foreign minister during his recent meeting with US Secretary Mike Pompeo."
"The Greek initiative aims at a discussion within the OSCE with the participation of both involving sides and the examination of every possible way to de-escalate the crisis. The goal remains the urgent resumption of negotiations within the Minsk Group for the peaceful settlement of the dispute," the statement said.
"The above letter is related to Greece's readiness to contribute to the efforts for the immediate de-escalation of the crisis. Readiness that was expressed by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, during their recent phone conversation. During the same conversation, the close ties of friendship between Greece and Armenia were reaffirmed," it noted. A new contact with Mnatsakanyan has been scheduled via teleconference on Thursday.
"Greece is convinced that the resolution of the crisis is possible only through peaceful means, through negotiations and not through arms," the foreign ministry said and added: "In this context, Turkey must refrain from actions and statements that move in this direction."