Armenia Says Upcoming Karabakh Summit ‘Not Unexpected’

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A meeting between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to be hosted by their Russian counterpart later this week, and focused on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, is “not unexpected”, said the Armenian president’s spokesman Armen Arzumanian on Monday.

“This meeting is organized in a usual regime, like all the previous ones,” Arzumanian told RFE/RL’s Armenian service.

The Armenian president’s press office said on Friday that Armenia’s President Serzh Sarkisian and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev will “continue their negotiations over a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict” during their meeting to be hosted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Russia’s southern city of Astrakhan on October 27. No other details of the planned meeting were released then.

Only the possibility of such a summit in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana in December, on the sidelines of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit, had been discussed before that announcement.

“I don’t think it [a meeting in Astrakhan] is a surprise,” Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for Sarkisian’s ruling Republican Party of Armenia, said in an interview with RFE/RL. “Russia is a country that co-heads the OSCE Minsk Group [on Nagorno-Karabakh] and lately it has been quite actively involved in the negotiating process.”

Still, Sharmazanov did not rule out that one of the reasons for organizing a tripartite meeting could be “the recent anti-Armenian statements by the leadership of Azerbaijan.”

“But the main reason is that talks should continue and the problem should be resolved solely through peaceful political negotiations,” said the Republican Party spokesman, adding that, in his opinion, the upcoming meeting will not provide a “breakthrough” in the protracted search for peace.


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  1. eddy said:

    Armenia is indeed negotiating with a fascist Azerbaijani regime. Armenia should simply forward the answers of NKR authorities to OSCE and Baku, when ever there are suggestion coming from international organisations regarding NKR …

  2. Osik said:

    This photo reminds me of Tehran conference photo where Roosevelt a Democrat & Stalin were much closer in the photo and ideology in the meetings than Roosevelt and rightwing extremist Churchill.