STEPANAKERT, YEREVAN—The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Bernard Fassier (France), Robert Bradtke (US) and Igor Popov (Russia) as well as the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrjey Kasprzyk, met with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian to discuss the conflict resolution process.
Following the meeting, Karabakh presidential spokesperson Davit Babayan told the press that the co-chairmen would not be holding a press conference, reserving that for after their visit to Baku, where they were headed after their stop in Stepanakert.
According to Yerkir, the co-chairmen will travel to Baku through Azerbaijan-Karabakh line of contact.
Kasprzyk is scheduled to lead a regular monitoring of the LoC on Wednesday.
The co-chairmen arrived in Karabakh from Yerevan where they met with President Serzh Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian.
Nalbandian told the Co-chairmen that Azerbaijan was distorting a recently publicized Executive Summary of their field assessment mission regarding the liberated territories surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to further aggravate the situation and continue to threaten military action.
Nalbandian also added that the Azerbaijani comments on the report contradicted the assessments presented by the Co-Chairs, thus not only casting a shadow on the Co-Chairs’ efforts, but also negatively impacting the negotiation process.
Nalbandian and the Co-Chairs discussed the possibility of creating a mechanism for the prevention and investigation of incidents in the line of contact in line with the statement made by the Presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in Sochi.