Sarkisian, Clinton Discuss Karabakh

Clinton and Sarkisian in February 2011

YEREVAN—Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had a telephone conversation with President Serzh Sarkisian Thursday focusing on Karabakh.

The presidential press service issued a statement saying, “the sides discussed issues pertaining to the current stage of negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement” without elaborating further on the conversation.

According to RFE/RL, Armenia’s Foreign Ministry announced earlier Thursday t that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to pay a working visit to Armenia where he would meet with President Sarkisian and his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian. The Ministry’s press office did not elaborate.

During a joint press conference Wednesday in Moscow, where Nalbandian and Lavrov met, the Russian Foreign Minister announced that his president, Demitry Medvedev will be unveiling a new package for the Karabakh negotiations in the near future, reported the Voice of Russia.

He also claimed that the Karabakh talks had reached a final stage and stressed that “it is time for making decisions.”

According to Azeri press sources, Lavrov is also scheduled to visit Baku.

Meanwhile in Baku, Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov held a meeting with his French counterpart

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