YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs traveled to Paris to meet with Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian, and separately with Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, also participated in the meetings.
The two foreign ministers discussed French President Francois Hollande’s meetings in Yerevan and Baku on April 24 and 25 with their respective presidents. The Group stressed to each minister the importance of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan intensifying their dialogue, and continued preparations for the next presidential meeting later this year. The Ministers agreed to meet each other, together with the Co-Chairs, to shape the agenda for the Presidents’ discussion, and welcomed an upcoming visit to the region by the Co-Chairs.
The Co-Chairs also note that parliamentary elections are taking place May 3 in Nagorno-Karabakh. In the context of a comprehensive settlement of the conflict, the Minsk Group Co-Chairs said they “recognize the role of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh in deciding their future.”
“However, none of our three countries, nor any other country, recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent and sovereign state. Accordingly, we do not accept the results of these “elections” as affecting the legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh, and stress that they in no way prejudge the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh or the outcome of the ongoing negotiations to bring a lasting and peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Co-Chairs said in a statement.