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18/01: Stability and Peace in the Caucasus
The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh

International Workshop May 2 - 4, 2001
in Cooperation with Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden

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The purpose of the International Workshop is to analyse the causes of conflict in the Caucasus, its realities, and the obstacles to peace. The workshop also seeks to further the discussion as to what options for peace and development exist within the region. The meeting will mainly discuss the options for action and schemes of the civil-society actors and of the EU.

A special focus will be on the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. Most experts argue that this conflict plays a key role in the highly sensitive region at the crossroads of geo-strategical interests and external influences.

Cooperation Partners are:
Berghof Center for Constructive Conflict-Management (Berlin)
Conciliation Resources (London)
European Platform for Conflict Prevention and Transformation (Utrecht)
Heinrich Boell Foundation (Berlin)
International Alert (London)

Prof. Dr. Jörg Calließ, Conference Leader, Evangelische Akademie Loccum
Dr. Bernhard J. Trautner, Programme Officer, Development and Peace Foundation, Bonn

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Wednesday, May 2, 2001

Welcome and Opening
Prof. Dr. Jörg Calließ, Ev. Akademie Loccum
Dr. Burkhard Könitzer, Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Bonn

Part I: Conflict Dynamics in the Caucasian Region
Keynote speech:
Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Caspian Studies Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University/Cambridge
Chair: Tom de Waal, journalist and author, London

Part II: Common Causes of Conflict and Stagnation
A Subregional Perspective Work in small groups (Working Language: English)

Group 1: Burdens from history, insecurities and suspicions
Resource persons: Dr. Dennis Sandole, George Mason University, Fairfax
Chair: Amb. (ret.) Dr. Wilhelm Höynck, Wachtberg
Rapporteur: Dr. Ralf Horlemann, LR I, German Foreign Office, Berlin

Group 2: The lack of a constructive political culture and the rule of law
Resource persons: Bernhard Clasen, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
Chair: Dr. Christoph Zürcher, Free University, Berlin
Rapporteur: Dr. Oliver Reisner, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Group 3: Neighbors and outside powers: Promoting or hindering stability?
Resource person: Amb. (ret.) Gündüz Aktan, Ankara
Amb. Nikolai Gribkov, Co-Chairman of the Minsk-Group on NK, Moscow
Dr. Abbas Maleki, Research Director, International Institute for Caspian Studies, Tehran
Chair: Dietrich Sperling, former MP, Königstein
Rapporteur: Dr. Rainer Freitag-Wirminghaus, German Oriental Institute, Hamburg

Group 4: Socio-economic development: obstacles and prospects for intra- and extra-regional co-operation
Resource person: Laurent Ruseckas, Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Cambridge
Chair: Tom de Waal, journalist and author, London
Rapporteur: Phil Champain, International Alert, London

Rapports from the Working Groups and Plenary Discussion
Chair: Jonathan Cohen, Conciliation Resources, London

Thursday, May 3, 2001

Part III: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: International Diplomacy
Discussion introduced by:
Amb. Andrey Kasprczyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Nagorno-Karabakh, Tbilisi
Amb. Carey Cavanaugh, Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh and NIS Regional Conflicts, Dept. of State, Washington

Resumption of the discussion including:
Amb. Nikolai Gribkov, Co-Chairman of the Minsk-Group on NK, Moscow
Amb. (ret.) Vladimir Kazimirov, former Head of the Russian Mediation Mission on NK, Moscow
Amb. (ret.) Gündüz Aktan, Ankara
Dr. Mient Jan Faber, Director, Interchurch Peace Council, European Center for Conflict Prevention, Utrecht
Renato Batti, Special invoi of the EU to Azerbaijan, Brussels, EU-Commission, Brussels
Chair: Prof. Dr. Bruno Coppieters, Centre for Pol. Studies, Vrije University, Brussels

Part IV: Supporting Civil Society and Dialogue: The Role of Track 2-Diplomacy
Prof. Suren Zolian, Director, Foreign Languages Institute, Yerevan
Dr. Arif Yunusov, Institute of Peace and Democracy, Baku
Armine Alexanian, Policy Advisor, Nagorno-Karabakh
Chair: Dennis Sammut, Executive Director, The London Information Network on Conflicts and State-building, London

Part V: Elements of a Possible Peace Settlement
Work in small groups (Working Language: English)

Group 5: Political status and options for governance / power sharing / distribution of competences
Chair: Prof. Dr. Uwe Halbach, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
Rapporteur: Prof. Dr. Buno Coppieters, Centre for Political Studies, Vrije University, Brussels

Group 6: Peacekeeping
Chair and Rapporteur: Dr. Randolf Oberschmidt, Center for OSCE Research, Hamburg

Group 7: Socio-economic reconstruction programmes and the prospects for development
Chair: Laurent Ruseckas, Cambridge Energy Research
Associates, Cambridge (USA)
Rapporteur: Jonathan Goodhand, INTRAC, London

Group 8: Human rights questions: prisoners of war, prosecution of human rights violations, possibilities for reconciliation
Chair: Walter Kaufmann, Heinrich-Boell-Foundation, Berlin
Rapporteurs: Avaz Hasanov, Working-group for the Release of Prisoners and for the Search of Missing People of the NK-Conflict, AGKK, Baku
Albert Voskanjan, AGKK, Stepanakert

Friday, May 4, 2001

Political outlook and closing discussion introducedy by
Amb. (ret.) Dr. Wilhelm Höynck, Wachtberg
Chair: Dr. Burkhard Könitzer, SEF, Bonn

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