OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen in Yerevan for Karabakh Peace Talks

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–International peace brokers from the OSCE Minsk Group arrived in Yerevan late Monday evening, announced Vladimir Karapetian, the foreign ministrys acting press secretary. He said the Russian, French and American co-chairmen of the Minsk Group were scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian on Wednesday. He also announced a meeting with the co-chairman and President Robert Kocharian. Karapetian said the peace brokers and the Armenian leadership will focus on a number of points in the proposed agreement, revised by the co-chairmen when they met with foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Belgrade earlier this year. The spokesman added that Oskanian met with the co-chairmen in Strasbourg on May 11 to present Armenia’s approaches and posturing on several issues emanating from the proposed peace accord. Karapetian said negotiators will also discuss the possibility of another Kocharian-Aliyev meeting. after talks with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mamadyarov, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov Monday said Russia wanted to see the South Caucasus as a peaceful and stable region. Lavrov arrived in Baku Monday for a two-day visit focusing on bilateral relations and other international issues. Lavrov said the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan were working intensively together with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I believe that given the political will of all parties involved we can achieve a peace deal that would be acceptable to all. Russia, as a member of the Minsk Group, and just a friend of Armenia and Azerbaijan, will do its best to help achieve it, he said. Lavrov also reiterated Moscow’s opposition to a Western-backed plan for Kosovo, saying a draft U.N. resolution that would endorse independence for the Serbian province under international supervision was "unacceptable." The U.S. and European Union nations circulated a draft resolution earlier this month endorsing supervised independence for Kosovo, in line with the recommendation of a U.N. envoy. "The resolution … is unacceptable to us," Lavrov told a news conference after talks with Elmar Mamadyarov.

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