Minsk Group to Meet with Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers

minskgroupnewVIENNA—The American, French, and Russian co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group are in Luxembourg for a three day working visit where they are scheduled to meet Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov for talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a statement from the co-chairs said at the weekend.

During the meeting, the co-chairs “will address plans for their next trip to Baku and Yerevan in November and preparation for discussion of the Nagorno-Karabagh settlement at the OSCE Ministerial Council in December 2009,” the statement said.

The three diplomats heading international efforts to mediate a solution between Armenia and Azerbaijan released the statement after a two day OSCE retreat on October 22, sponsored by the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center in Vienna, Austria.

“On the margins of the retreat, each ambassador individually participated in different bilateral meetings with a variety of interlocutors, including, among others, Greek Ambassador Marinaki, representing the OSCE chairman-in-office; OSCE Secretary General Perrin de Brichambaut; Armenian Ambassador Hovakimian; Azerbaijani Ambassador Ismayilov; Kazakh Ambassador Abdrakhmanov; Swedish Ambassador Bard-Bringeus, representing the EU presidency; and Turkish Deputy Undersecretary Cevikoz,” the statement said.

After the retreat, the co-chairs–Ambassadors Yury Merzlyakov of Russia, Bernard Fassier of France, and Robert Bradtke of the United States– provided a quarterly briefing to the OSCE Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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