Polish, Turkish dep FMs unanimous about OSCE, NATO role in regions

Polish and Turkish deputy FMs have underscored the importance of international involvement in solving conflicts and tensions in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe, the Polish Foreign Ministry has reported.

Polish Deputy FM Marcin Przydacz and his Turkish counterpart, Sedat Onal, held a video conference on Tuesday.

The officials were on the same page feeling that the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and NATO should play an instrumental role in solving regional tensions, including in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe.

Mr Przydacz and Mr Onal also discussed the effects of a Polish-Turkish-Romanian cooperation format established in 2012.

"It is an important platform of cooperation between the three countries that represent NATO's eastern and southern flanks," Mr Przydacz was quoted as saying in the ministry's statement.

The format "allows closer coordination of issues that are vitally important for Poland, Turkey, Romania and the region, especially in the area of national security and transatlantic cooperation," the official added.

One tension unsolved

Although the officials said that NATO should play an instrumental role in solving regional tensions, it did little but express its deep concern at the then “ongoing violations of cease-fire, which have caused tragic loss of life,” stated Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s General-Secretary.

“I reminded the [Armenian] president that NATO is not part of this conflict. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have been valued NATO partners for more than 25 years Stoltenberg said in a joint news conference with Armenia's President Armen Sarkissian in October.

Throughout the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan that lasted from September 2020 until November 10, 2020, the former side of the war repeatedly raised objections to the alleged Turkish involvement in the conflict. Armenia accused Turkey, a NATO member, of sending F-16s and Syrian mercenaries to Azerbaijan. Ankara denied this, though several media reports have documented the presence of Syrian fighters and F-16s. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev acknowledged Turkish F-16s were present in the country but claimed they were not used in the fighting.