Oskanian Meets with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen

BRUSSELS (Combined Sources)–Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met Russian and French Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov and Bernard Fassier, announced the foreign ministry press service. The meeting was attended by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
Issues related to the current state of the Karabakh conflict resolution, as well as opportunities for overcoming the misunderstandings after the last meeting of the Armenian and Azeri presidents were discussed during the meeting initiated by OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. The mediators presented the results of Monday’s negotiations talks with Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
If a decision on continuing the peace negotiations was agreed upon by the Co-Chairs in Brussels then the foreign ministers of both countries may agree to continue negotiations, Oskanian told the Trend news agency.
“We believe that we should continue negotiations to regulate the conflict,” said Oskanian, who added that a meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan was not scheduled.
“War is not the way to settle the conflict. We should work jointly over the issue to find a compromise acceptable to both sides and we should talk over this compromise,” added Oskanian.
“There are issues which have not yet been touched upon. These issues have been discussed by the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia during their meeting in St.Petersburg. The Presidents tried to agree on these issues, but without results. However, we will not reject future attempts,” explained Oskanian.
The Karabakh peace process should take place within the framework of the “Prague Process,” said Mammadyarov in an interview with Trend.
Over the last few years peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict has been carried out under the “Prague Process,” which envisages stage-by-stage resolution of the conflict. So far, the essence of the plan has not been clarified because of failure to coordinate its details.
The Minister said that a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs from France and Russia in Brussels on Monday focused on the mediators’ forthcoming visit to the region in mid-September. “A joint discussion will be held during the visit. Now it is too premature to speak about progress, because it can only be discussed after the meetings,” added Mammadyarov.

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