Armenia, Azerbaijan Mum on Latest Round of Karabakh Talks in Moscow

MOSCOW (RFE/RL)–Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan were unusually discreet on Tuesday about a fresh meeting of their foreign ministers on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that was held in Moscow on Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hosted the talks between his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts as part of continuing international efforts to break the impasse in the Karabakh peace process. None of the ministers made any public statements after the talks.

“Discussions of pressing issues related to the resolution of the Karabakh problem continued at the meeting,” read a short statement issued by the Armenian Foreign Ministry the next morning. The ministry gave no details.

The Russian and Azerbaijani foreign ministries issued no press releases on the trilateral meeting.

The three ministers previously met in Moscow on December 9, just over a week after the failure by Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s presidents to reach any agreements on the margins of an OSCE summit held in Astana, Kazakhstan. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had expressed hope that they will iron out their remaining disagreements on the basic principles of a Karabakh settlement proposed by the Russian, U.S. and French mediators.

Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev did not even meet at Astana. They only pledged “more decisive efforts” at Karabakh peace in a joint statement with Medvedev, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Lavrov said earlier this month that the talks hosted by him center on “two or three” sticking points preventing the signing of an Armenian-Azerbaijani framework peace accord. “Although they are insignificant in comparison with other issues that have been agreed upon, they are considered more difficult ones,” he said without elaboration.

An Azerbaijani news agency said afterwards that the next Moscow meeting will focus on preparations for a visit to the conflict zone in February of Russian, U.S. and French diplomats co-chairing OSCE Minsk Group.

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  2. Anoush said:

    Does any Armenian have any trust in ANY of these people: Lavrov, Nalbandian, and the Azeri FM ? I don’t. Artsakh’s fate is being decided by non-Artsakhtsis and a bunch of people who could not care less about them.

  3. Vacheh said:

    These two useless officials have met at least 20-30 times with no meaningful outcome. The officials of Karabagh are absent from these talks, therefore such meetings have no real consequences. They appear to be more involved in a PR to show the world that they are sincere about a lasting peace. In reality all of us Armenians know that a more severe fight is cooking in the horizon to erupt and to make positive or negative changes to the situation. As our famous song from 120 years ago has stated:

    Verchabes menk ounink kriv,
    Zenkerov bidi makrenk hashiv,
    Mer hayreniyauts parkn oo badiv,
    Serp Pashan siroughe togh ga.

  4. Vacheh said:

    These two useless officials have met at least 20-30 times with no meaningful outcome. The officials of Karabagh are absent from these talks, therefore such meetings have no real consequences. They appear to be more involved in a PR to show the world that they are sincere about a lasting peace. In reality all of us Armenians know that a more severe fight is cooking in the horizon to erupt and to make positive or negative changes to the situation. As our famous song from 120 years ago has stated:

    Verchabes menk ounink kriv,
    Zenkerov bidi makrenk hashiv,
    Mer hayreniyauts parkn oo badiv,
    Serop Pashan siroughe togh ga.

  5. Z said:

    What are they discussing, there’s nothing to discuss. Artsakh is liberated, period. azeris should recognize that fact and basta.

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