Minsk Group Co-Chairs Issue Report on Regional Visit

Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in Yerevan


WASHINGTON—The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group have issued a statement summing up the results of their recent visit to the South Caucasus.

The mediators have addressed their high-ranking meetings in Yerevan and Baku and the recent monitoring on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border between Oct. 14 and 18. The full statement is below.

“The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group from the Russian Federation and France (Ambassadors Igor Popov and Pierre Andrieu) traveled to the region this week to meet with government leaders and participate in an OSCE Monitoring Mission on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The Co-Chairs were joined by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk. US Co-Chair Ambassador James Warlick could not attend for personal reasons, but the U.S. side was represented on the trip.

“In Baku, the Co-Chairs met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and in Yerevan, they met with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. In Yerevan, they also had consultations with Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian. In both capitals, the Co-Chairs discussed preparations for the upcoming summit hosted by French President Francois Hollande later this month in Paris. The Co-Chairs recounted the recent meetings of the Presidents in Sochi and Wales, and noted the stabilization of the situation along the Line of Contact and border after the increase in violence this summer. They also expressed hope that recent ceasefire violations would not escalate.

“In addition to their meetings with the Presidents, the Co-Chairs participated in an OSCE Monitoring Mission on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. On both sides of the border, they met with local officials and commanders to receive a briefing about security conditions. The Co-Chairs urged the sides to take steps to reduce tensions and avoid violence, particularly against the civilian population.”

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  1. Areg said:

    Did not the Azeri part shoot shots at Minsk Group visitors when theywere at the contact line last time? What the hell these OSCE Minsk group members want before these idiots realize that the Turk will always remain a Genocidal Turk?
    These idiot Minsk group members will not learn their hard lesson until they get a bullet shot from the Azeri Turks on their ass.
    I have a feeling that these so called idiots are not so much idiots as one thinks they are. They are on a big payroll of their representative governments and they love the hand shaking, photo taking and drinking
    coffee. God help us if these are the one’s who will draw the destiny of Artsakh! No way HOZEH!

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