The OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen on Thursday expressed a hope that the meeting in Minsk will enable the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to take a new step towards agreement around the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.
In a statement of the Russian and French cochairmen, Yuri Merzlyakov and Bernard Fassier, spread in Baku the two mention that the sides agree that “the discussions of the foreign ministers in Moscow, Paris and Brussels in October-November were effective from the point of view of achieving progress in the negotiating process.”
Armenian President Robert Kocharian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliev agreed to meet in Minsk on November 28 on the margins of the summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Last week, the U.S. cochairman of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza called progress that the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are thinking through the links between returning all Azerbaijani territories with Nagorno-Karabakh’s status.
“Where there’s been progress is thinking through the links between returning all of the so-called occupied territories in Azerbaijan with the issue of status,” Bryza said at a roundtable in Vienna.
“I cannot go into details beyond that, but the parties have thought through the issue in a creative, constructive way, in a way that reflects respect for each,” the U.S. cochairman added.