US Co-Chair Says Both Sides Interested in Moving Forward

American Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick (center) with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (right) and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (left) who met in Vienna on Nov. 19

BAKU—The peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict requires political commitment at the highest level, American Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick said in an interview with APA.

“Recent talks between the presidents in Vienna and the foreign ministers in Kyiv have shown that the sides genuinely want to move beyond the current stalemate. I was pleased the most recent meeting in Kyiv was a chance for the ministers to discuss sensitive and difficult issues in the spirit of finding a way forward. Their continued high-level engagement in the weeks ahead provides a real opportunity to deliver a just and peaceful resolution to this conflict, although we should recognize that progress requires political commitment at the highest level,” the Co-Chair said.

“The ministers agreed last week to continue working together on the basis of what has already been achieved. At the same time, all parties are open to considering ways to reach a lasting settlement. We will continue to support these negotiations in any way that will help them move forward,” Mr. Warlick said.

As for the role of Switzerland in resolving the conflict during its presidency of the OSCE, James Warlick said, “We have been very appreciative of support from the Ukrainian Chairperson in Office over the past year, and look forward to working with Switzerland as it assumes its new role in 2014. The Minsk Group remains the format for facilitating a settlement. However, Switzerland has a long history of conflict resolution and their active involvement in the region is welcome.”

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