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Armenian, Azeri FMs Hold Fresh Talks


Poland - The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs meet with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Krakow, 17May2013.

Poland - The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs meet with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Krakow, 17May2013.

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan and international mediators met again on Friday to discuss ways of breaking the deadlock in the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The U.S., Russian and French diplomats co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group said they discussed with Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov in the Polish city of Krakow “possible ways to advance the peace process.” “The Ministers exchanged views on the current situation and reaffirmed their commitment to promoting peace in the region,” they said in a joint statement.

“The Co-Chairs reiterated the need to avoid actions or rhetoric that could raise tensions or damage the peace process, and discussed with the Ministers a number of confidence building measures to help create an atmosphere conducive to reconciliation,” added the statement.

The mediators also announced that they will again tour the Karabakh conflict zone later this month “discuss these issues further with the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia.”

The Armenian Foreign Ministry issued a virtually identical statement on the meeting.

Nalbandian said late last month that President Serzh Sarkisian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev could meet soon for the first time in more than a year. It is not clear whether the possibility of such a summit was discussed during the Krakow talks.
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