Oskanian Minsk Co chair Meet in Moscow Pre CSTO Meeting

ASTANA(Combined Sources)–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian received Yuri Merzlyakov and Henri Jacolin–the Russian and French Co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group–at the Armenian Embassy in Moscow on Friday to discuss the Mountainous Karabagh conflict resolution process.

Oskanian–who is in Moscow for a meeting of foreign affairs ministers of member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)–condemned the support of certain CSTO member-states for Azerbaijan’s initiative to take the Karabagh issue to the United Nations–calling it "incomprehensible."

He stressed that their vote of support in the UN for the Azeri move is clearly counters the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group–tasked to find a resolution to that conflict.

Oskanian also met with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss bilateral ties and international developmen’s–as well the CSTO gathering that will primarily focus on international terrorism.

CSTO signatories Russia–Armenia–Belarus–Kazakhstan–Kyrgyzstan–and Tajikistan have stepped-up concerns lately about the threat of terrorism–illicit drug trafficking–irregular migration–and organized crime.

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