YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—President Serzh Sarkisian has officially responded to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev’s proposals on how to end the current impasse in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, his office said on Friday.
Officials at the presidential press office refused to disclose the content of the reply. It was also unclear whether Sarkisian communicated it in writing, as Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev did on Monday.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov handed a corresponding letter from Aliyev to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow. Neither minister elaborated on the letter at a joint news conference held after the talks.
Medvedev made those unpublicized proposals after failing to broker an Armenian-Azerbaijani framework agreement at the last Aliyev-Sarkisian meeting which was hosted by him in the Russian city of Kazan late last month.
The move was part of broader international efforts to salvage the peace process. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton phoned the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents before the U.S., Russian and French diplomats co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group visited Baku and Yerevan earlier this week.
The diplomats were cautious in assessing current prospects for an Armenian-Azerbaijani agreement based on the basic principles of a Karabakh settlement proposed by them.
“I think we have to be very careful not to jump to any conclusions or assess too quickly the results of all that diplomacy,” Robert Bradtke, the Minsk Group’s U.S. co-chair, said in Yerevan on Monday. “We’ll see over the coming weeks the results of the efforts that have been made.”