Another Foreign Ministers Meeting Scheduled for March

BAKU (Armenpress)–Azeri foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov said he could have another meeting with his Armenian counterpart Vartan Oskanian in March to try to address several points that he said "separated" the sides from hammering out a peace deal over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Mammadyarov was quoted by the Azeri Trend news agency as saying that he had negotiated with the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen on Monday who presented their proposals concerning the date and venue of his meeting with Oskanian. In keeping with statemen’s emanating from the Azeri foreign ministry contradicting Armenia’s positive outlook on the January 23 foreign ministers’ meeting Moscow, Mammadyarov said the sides had hoped that the Moscow meeting would mark a step forward in the ongoing negotiation, "but the meeting failed to justify these expectations." The Azeri foreign minister explained that the major "sticking points" emerged when discussing details of the proposed peace plan. He further stated that both Russia and the US were interested in an early resolution of the Karabakh conflict. "They [Russia and US] put forth new proposals to help the sides to forge ahead and assist Armenia and Azerbaijan to narrow their differences and realize the importance of a peaceful resolution of the conflict for the entire region," he said "I don’t think the parliamentary elections in Armenia can be an obstacle for continuing the negotiation process on the Karabakh conflict settlement," Mammadyarov told the Azeri press Tuesday. "Elections are held in most countries around the world, but it does not mean negotiation processes should be suspended," he noted. For the peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict the political will of the parties was needed, according to the Azeri foreign minister. "It is very encouraging that the US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza came up with the statement saying that unprecedented activity would take place in the negotiation process after the parliamentary elections in Armenia," Mammadyarov underlined. He characterized the efforts of Moscow, Paris and Washington in this direction as constructive. On Monday, however, Azeri Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov labeled the meeting between the two foreign ministers in Moscow on Jan. 23 as "a step back," adding that "due to the stern stance by Armenia’s foreign minister," he could not predict future developmen’s in the peace process. Azimov added that if future meetings between the two ministers were to yield the results that the Moscow meeting did, "we believe that it would be useless." Bryza was scheduled to have been joined by his fellow Minsk Group co-chairmen Russia’s Yuri Merzlyakov and France’s Bernard Fassier in Paris Wednesday to further explore the Karabakh peace process, this time with the participation of the special representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.


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