Karabakh Foreign Minister Meets With OSCE Representative

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–Nagorno Karabakh Republic Foreign Minister Naira Melkoumian held a meeting March 16 with Personal Representative of the OSCE Acting Chairman Andrey Kaspscik who arrived in Karabakh on a short visit. The sides discussed a wide range of issues related to the resumption of the negotiating process–exchange of POWs and maintenance of the cease-fire.

Melkoumian drew the high-ranking diplomat’s attention to the new larger-scale anti-Armenian campaign launched in Azerbaijan–and to the Azeri authorities’ attempts to hamper Karabakh’s social and economic development. Melkoumian informed Kaspcik of the statement issued by the Karabakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs which stresses the inadmissibility of such actions on the part of official Baku–as they prevent the establishment of long-lasting peace and stability in the region.

The day before–Karabakh representative to Paris–Artak Haroutiunian. held a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairman–Representative of France–Jean-Jackque Gallard. The sides also discussed the situation resulting from Azerbaijan’s destructive position.

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