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Karabakh Negotiators Meet With Sarkisian, Aliyev in Warsaw


Armenia - OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (from L to R) Igor Popov (Russia), Robert Bradtke (USA) and Bernard Fassier (France) (file photo)

Armenia - OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (from L to R) Igor Popov (Russia), Robert Bradtke (USA) and Bernard Fassier (France) (file photo)

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday met with the mediating troika brokering a solution to the Karabakh conflict in Warsaw, Poland, to where he had arrived from France to attend the Eastern Partnership Summit.

According to a brief statement released by the Armenian president’s press office, at the meeting Sarkisian and the three co-cochairmen of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group, Ambassadors Bernard Fassier of France, Robert Bradtke of the United States, and Igor Popov of Russia, discussed “issues relating to the current stage of the negotiating process” and “details regarding the OSCE Minsk Group’s upcoming visit to the region.”

The three international mediators, too, issued a statement from Warsaw, also reporting about their meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev earlier that day. They said during both meetings they discussed “next steps aimed at reaching a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

In the statement published on the OSCE’s official website the co-chairs reaffirmed the commitment made by the presidents of the United States, France and Russia, the three countries jointly heading the Minsk Group, in their May 26 Deauville statement “to assist the sides to achieve such a settlement.”

The co-chairs presented their work plan for the coming months, leading up to the December OSCE Ministerial Council in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and said they will “continue to work with the sides to delineate their current differences on the Basic Principles as a framework for a comprehensive peace settlement.”

According to the statement, the co-chairs also will propose to all the parties additional measures aimed at “strengthening implementation of the ceasefire, improving the atmosphere on the ground, and promoting understanding among peoples of the region.”

Bradtke, Fassier and Popov plan to visit the region again in the near future to carry out this work plan, the statement added.
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