OSCE Co-Chairs Meet with Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian (center) with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen James Warlick (U.S.), Pierre Andrieu (France), Igor Popov (Russia), and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk (center-left) in Brussels

VIENNA—The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group — Ambassadors Igor Popov (Russia), James Warlick (US), and Pierre Andrieu (France) — met separately with the Foreign Minister of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, and the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, on Tuesday in Brussels. The Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, also participated in the meetings.

The Co-Chairs expressed their “serious concern” about the increase in tensions and violence, including the targeted killings of civilians, along the Line of Contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. They urged “both parties to commit themselves to avoiding casualties and rejected the deliberate targeting of villages and the civilian population.” They called on the Foreign Ministers to defuse tensions and adhere to the terms of the ceasefire.

The Co-Chairs and Foreign Ministers also discussed possible agenda items for a presidential summit, underscoring the importance of a meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan for achieving progress in peace negotiations. They also discussed meetings which could take place in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

The Co-Chairs continue to review possible security confidence building measures and people-to-people programs with the parties. They believe that such programs build the trust and confidence necessary for a lasting peace.

In Vienna, the Co-Chairs briefed the countries of the Minsk Group about the status of peace negotiations.

The Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian, commenting on the Minsk Group’s latest statement, said: “The OSCE’s unwillingness to break with its deeply flawed and transparently biased ‘false parity’ narrative by actually calling out Azerbaijan’s aggression is, in practical terms, just a green light for Baku to launch more attacks.”


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  1. Norin said:

    Only one party needs “urging” by these senile imbeciles, and that’s Azerbaboonaijan and the Aliev clan’s rhetoric. Stop with the “both parties” BS.

    It’s amazing how many EU whores a few drops of oil can buy.

  2. Keyser Soze said:

    We need to boycott BP and Arco. They are the ones who control Azerbadeljan.