Oskanian Meets His Russian Counterpart

MOSCOW (RFE/RL)–The foreign ministers of Armenia and Russia met Wednesday in Moscow–agreeing on a "full convergence of positions and approaches" on the Caucasian region–Armenian officials said.

Vartan Oskanian and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov also called for renewed efforts by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The two men’stressed their continuing adherence to a comprehensive Russian-Armenian treaty–signed two years ago–as a "firm basis" for "rapidly developing" bilateral ties–the Armenian foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The two sides agreed that Russia and Armenia will continue their efforts to foster the OSCE’s transformation into the main institute of the 21st century European security," it said. The two welcomed the OSCE’s "current role in ensuring regional stability."

They also discussed the present state of the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiating process–with Ivanov saying that Moscow remains committed to a "peaceful settlement" of all regional conflicts–the Armenian foreign ministry said.

"The two sides attached importance to the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group and stressed the need to resume the negotiating process within its framework," it said.

Oskanian was recently in Vienna where he told the OSCE Executive Council to begin new round of peace talks.


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