New Minsk Group Proposals on Settling Karabagh Conflict

BAKU–The OSCE Minsk Group will present several proposals in negotiating a settlement to the Mountainous Karabagh conflict–according to the Group’s Russian co-chair Yuri Merzlyakov–as quoted by the Azeri press.

Merzlyakov met with the American and French co-chairs–Steven Mann and Bernard Fassier–in Washington from October 24-25.

The Minsk Group of nations has been mediating the Karabagh conflict for the past 13 years on behalf of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). Since 1996–the Minsk Group has been co-chaired by France–Russia–and the United States.

Their new proposals will be submitted to the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan during a meeting of OSCE foreign ministers–to take place December 4 in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.

The co-chairmen plan to meet separately with Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov prior to December 4. The outcome of those meetings will decide whether the two will meet in Ljubljana.

Merzlyakov confirmed that the Minsk Group will visit the region in December.

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