Fischer endorses idea of Caucasus Stability Pact

German Foreign Minister Fischer called for a stability pact for the Caucasus region, similar to the Stability Pact for the Balkans.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer called for a stability pact for the Caucasus region on 4 July, similar to the Stability Pact for the Balkans, adopted after the Kosovo conflict in 1999.

Fischer said at a conference marking the first year of the Balkans Stability Pact in Berlin that in the Caucasus "only a political solution is possible in which all legitimate interests are taken into account''.

The Brussels-based think-tank Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), which helped shaped the Balkans Stability Pact, proposed a draft Stability Pact for the Caucasus in June, following a proposal by former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel. CEPS proposed establishing a "Caucasus G8", a group consisting the European Union, Russia, the United States, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

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