The Helsinki Additional Meeting of the CSCE Council on 24 March 1992, requested the Chairman-in-Office to convene as soon as possible a conference on Nagorno-Karabakh under the auspices of the CSCE to provide an ongoing forum for negotiations towards a peaceful settlement of the crisis on the basis of the principles, commitments and provisions of the CSCE. The Conference is to take place in Minsk. Although it has not to this date been possible to hold the conference, the so-called Minsk Group spearheads the OSCE effort to find a political solution to this conflict.
On 6 December 1994, the Budapest Summit of Heads of State or Government decided to establish a co-chairmanship for the process. The Summit participants also expressed their political will to deploy multinational peacekeeping forces as an essential part of the overall settlement of the conflict.
Minsk is a doom metal/post-metal band from Peoria, Illinois founded in 2002. Self described as "psychedelic metal", their songs tend to start out as slow and simple, and become heavy and complex towards the end. Their sound draws equally from sludge metal, doom metal, hardcore punk, ambient and noise music, with a highly psychedelic attitude achieved through tribal drum patterns, thick layers of synthesizers and keyboards, and echoing vocals. They are named after the capital of Belarus. The idea of survival through suffering is a recurring theme in the lyrics and musical style. In fact, regarding the origin of their name, their official biography states: "Drawing its nominal inspiration from a remote Belarusian city nestled deep amidst the in-betweens of the East and the West, a city that has been burned to the ground on several occasions only to be rebuilt like a Phoenix rising from its ashes." The sounds and atmospheres they evoke in their songs are complex and psychedelic.
But despite the massive public support – at the time, over 70% of Ukrainians supported a negotiated settlement of the Donbas crisis the Minsk Agreements were meant to resolve – a small group of ultranationalists with disproportionately large power overwhelmed that support.
The prominent Minsk-based human rights group Viasna estimates that there are 1,510 political prisoners in the country as of Sept ...HungarianForeign Minister Péter Szijjàrto even paid a visit to Minsk last February, in defiance of the bloc’s policy toward ...
The dictator's regime had failed to pay its officers and they took their revenge by handing sensitive intelligence to a partisan resistance group working closely with Kyiv...Intelligence from the group was also key to the destruction of the Minsk large landing ship and damage to the Rostov-on-Don submarine earlier this month, it is claimed.
... an extremist group ... Also on September 25, the Minsk-based Vyasna (Spring) human rights group said a court in the western city of Brest handed 20-year-old activist Vadzim Smaleuski a two-year parole-like sentence after finding him guilty of insulting Lukashenka in an online post.
The ministry said France had not only failed to contribute to a just solution to the conflict between Baku and Yerevan based on international law during its co-chairmanship to the OSCEMinsk group in 1997-2020, but also worked to "maintain the results of the occupation and the status quo in the region." ... .
Azerbaijan has launched what it has called an 'anti-terrorist operation' targeting Armenian military positions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, sparking fears a full-scale war may be on the horizon ...Multiple peace talks under the auspices of the OSCEMinskGroup have occurred since, but a comprehensive resolution has remained elusive ... .
The trigger ...Growing tension ... The essence of the conflict ... For the past 30 years, there has been an ongoing attempt to resolve the situation within the framework of the OSCEMinskGroup (involving Russia, the US and France), and in the course of meetings between representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan, but this has not yielded results ... FILEPHOTO ... .