Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan Met with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs
The meeting between Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov took place in Brussels on July 11 upon the initiative of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov (Russia), Stephane Visconti (France) and Richard Hoagland (the US). The meeting was also attended by Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
"The meeting’s participants discussed ways to create conditions for advancing the negotiating process concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh issue", the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
As reported, Eduard Nalbandyan emphasized the need to stabilize the situation along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh. Top-diplomat also said to the need to implement the agreements reached at the Vienna and St. Petersburg summits.
In its turn, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh have proposed that the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan hold a meeting until the year ends.
The highland region of Nagorno-Karabakh is a mostly Armenian-populated enclave inside Azerbaijan’s territory. It is a self-proclaimed independent republic, not recognized by any of the United Nations member states.
In 1988, hostilities broke out there between the forces reporting to the Baku government and Armenian residents. In 1994 with the mediation of Moscow a ceasefire was reached but relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained strained ever since. Russia, France and the United States are co-chair the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which seeks to broker an end to the conflict.