OSCE Chairman Meets with Minsk Group

Audronius Ažubalis during a meeting with Presidnet Sarkisian in March

VILNIUS, Lithuania—The OSCE Chairman in Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis on Wednesday met the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Bernard Fassier of France, Robert Bradtke of the US, and Igor Popov of Russian, accompanied by Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office to discuss the Karabakh conflict resolution process.

Ažubalis voiced support for the efforts by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to achieve a breakthrough at the negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and called for more civil society involvement in the implementation of confidence-building measures, saying such measures “will contribute to the resolution of the conflict, and will strengthen confidence among the societies.”

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs informed Ažubalis about the trilateral meeting of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian Presidents in Kazan on June 24, which was an attempt to agree on basic principles as the framework for a comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They also discussed the prospects of a solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and planned negotiating initiatives for the remaining year.

The Minsk Group co-chairmen will travel to Baku Thursday, after which they will visit Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

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