The OSCE Secretary General on Thursday said that the organization wants the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit to reading their respective populations for peace, calling such a pledge a “promising signal.”
The Secretary-General Thomas Greminger spoke at the organization’s Parliamentary Assembly currently underway in Vienna and expressed the OSCE’s commitment to its mediation mission for the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and called for progress in the Minsk Group-led negotiation process.
“The commitment of the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan to prepare their populations for peace can be a very promising signal,” Greminger said during the parliamentary assembly, emphasizing the need to strengthen the role of the mediation missions of the OSCE in the resolution.
Greminger’s statement came as the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen Igor Popov of Russia, Stephane Visconti of France and Andrew Schofer of the United States are touring the region in fresh talks with Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders.
On Wednesday, the co-chairmen met with Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Yerevan to assess the current stage of the negotiations. Last month, Mnatsakanyan met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Paris, while Pashinyan had an informal sit down with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The Co-chairs were interested in the Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting, which was the third of its kind between the leaders. The first was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and the second, in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the first two meeting Pashinyan and Aliyev initiated a broader communication mechanism between the two countries, while the third, reportedly lasting 90 minutes, was characterized as having focused on the trajectory of the peace talks.
The co-chairs were in Baku on Thursday where they held meetings with Azerbaijan’s top brass.