YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have managed to achieve progress on the negotiations with Azerbaijan and Armenia on elements of a comprehensive agreement on the Karabakh conflict and have helped reduce tensions along the contact line, following increased violence late last year, James Warlick, the Minsk Group’s U.S. co-chair, told Trend on Tuesday.
Warlick was commenting on the work done by the OSCE Minsk Group since early 2015 regarding settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Warlick said the co-chairs look forward to bringing the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia together at the UN General Assembly to continue preparations for the next presidential summit.
“We hope the presidents will agree to meet before the end of the year,” Warlick added. “The co-chairs will discuss these plans with the foreign ministers at the UN General Assembly, and we stand ready to bring the presidents together anytime.”
Commenting on the influence of tense relations between the U.S. and Russia on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process, the co-chair said the two countries share the same objective on Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Despite disagreements in other areas of the U.S.-Russian relationship, we work closely in the co-chair format to make progress towards our common goal of reaching a lasting settlement that would transform the South Caucasus,” said Warlick.