Armenia Insists that Karabakh Leaders Be Involved in Talks

Foreign Ministers of Armenia Edward Nalbandian (Source: Photolure)
Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian

Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian

YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenia insists on the involvement of Nagorno-Karabakh authorities in the negotiations to end the long-running conflict, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said on May 26 in parliament.

He said also negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Karabakh issue will resume only in case of compliance with the conditions, which were announced at the meeting of Serzh Sarkisian and IIlham Aliyev in Vienna on May 16.

During this meeting, mediated by the United States, Russia and France, Sargsyan and Aliyev agreed to work out safeguards against ceasefire violations around Nagorno-Karabakh and resume their search for a compromise peace deal.

“Azerbaijan has not acceded to the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on the indefinite ceasefire, establishing methods to investigate incidents and expanding the presence of representatives of the Office of the OSCE Minsk Group,” said Nalbandian.

According to him, Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers will separately meet with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in June to discuss the possibility of organizing another meeting of the presidents.

Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzey Kasprzyk discussed the situation at the Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Ohanyan assured that the Armenian side is committed to the agreements reached at the Vienna meeting.

He noted that “The Armed Forces of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Army unequivocally support the implementation of the 1994 agreement on ceasefire and 1995 agreement on reinforcement of ceasefire, expansion of the monitoring mission, and implementation of methods of investigation of border incidents.”

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