Trilateral Talks Not Scheduled, Says Armenian Foreign Ministry

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–The Armenian Foreign Ministry denied reports Tuesday that the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan were scheduled to meet this week on the sidelines of an OSCE Foreign Ministers meeting in Helsinki, reported Armenpress.

A series of conflicting Turkish media reports in recent weeks had indicated that such a meeting might be on the agenda. But the Armenian Foreign Ministry never confirmed or denied the reports until now.

The three foreign ministers met last on the sidelines of the 63rd UN General Assembly in September for talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Turkey’s Caucasus Stability and Cooperation platform.

Armenian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tigran Balayan on Tuesday told reporters that no agreement had been made for a trilateral meeting between the three foreign ministers, adding only that Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian will be in Helsinki from December 3-5 to participate in the two day Council of OSCE Foreign Ministers set to begin Thursday.

Balayan’s remarks come a week after Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ali Babacan, told a press conference in Istanbul that a meeting between the three ministers was scheduled in Helsinki. He made the announcement after closed door talks with Nalbandian, who was in Istanbul last Monday for a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.

Nalbandian is, however, scheduled to meet with OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Balayan said, adding that the Foreign Minister will also meet with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammedyarov during talks with the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, currently mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

According to Balayan, the Foreign Minister is, nevertheless, expected to meet with Babacan, as well as the Foreign Ministers of Luxemburg, and Ireland and the UN Secretary General.

He will also organize a meeting of foreign ministers from Collective Security Treaty Organization countries.

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