Co-Chairs Propose New Round of Karabakh Meetings in Moscow

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tigran Balayan told Armenpress on Monday that the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group have suggested that the foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan meet in Moscow on August 1.

According to Balyan, the meeting will aim to continue the process of peaceful negotiations for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

The negotiations will occur in the framework of the Madrid Principles, which were presented to Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammedyarov by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in Madrid last November.

The Madrid principles call for the conflict’s gradual resolution that would lead to an Armenian withdrawal from virtually all of the liberated districts surrounding Karabakh. The plan would also allow its predominantly Armenian population to determine the disputed territory’s status in a future referendum. Official Yerevan has described this peace formula as largely acceptable to the Armenian side.

The basic principles also call for the demilitarization of the conflict zone, the repatriation of Armenian settlers, the return of Azerbaijani internally displaced persons, and the deployment of an international peacekeeping force that neither the United Nations, NATO, nor the OSCE have the resources to manage.

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