US Co-Chair Says ‘New Ideas’ Presented to Sides

OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairmen

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—“New ideas” on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were presented last week by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, said the US co-chairman, Robert Bradtke in an interview with BBC.

“Last week we familiarized Baku and Yerevan with these [new] ideas,” he said. “After that, we will once again visit the region in late September or early October.”

He also announced that the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet next week in the US to continue talks started last week during the co-chair’s visit to the region.

“The co-chairs also will arrive in Washington for consultations,” he said. “Talks will be held with U.S. officials. We will then leave for New York to meet with the parties.”

Bradtke also expressed his expectations regarding progress in the conflict resolution process during the OSCE summit scheduled for December in Astana.

“I think the summit will be an important event,” he said. “The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will sit at one table together with presidents from Europe and North America. Undoubtedly, the differences in positions of the sides directly involved in the conflict will come into focus. They will have to inform the world on their plans in the process.”

Bradtke added that “certain progress may be achieved” in New York.

“During our last visit to the region, we informed the sides about the possibility of reaching an agreements on certain issues,” he said. “We will discuss these issues once again in New York. We expect constructive steps from the sides in terms of advancing the peace process at this stage.”

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  1. Norin Radd said:

    Here’s a novel idea. 1) Armenians were oppressed on their own native lands (Arstakh), 2) Armenians got fed up and fought to win their independence and rights to self determination 3) Armenians now live in peace in a democratic society 4) To the victor go the spoils 5) Case closed.

    Now OSCE, go make yourselves useful and tend to Cyprus, that was invaded by Turkey via a naval route, you’re 30 years overdue.

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