The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met on the sidelines of the recent Nuclear Security Summit, an American peace broker said on Thursday.
James Warlick, the United States co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, reported on Twitter that Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev “spoke together” during the event held in The Hague on March 24-25.
“Are they really committed to finding a way to Nagorno-Karabakh peace?” the mediator wondered in a short message, without giving details about the meeting.
Neither the Armenian nor the Azerbaijani presidency has made any official statement on the reported meeting.
Warlick and his Russian and French counterparts in the OSCE Minsk Group, Igor Popov and Jacques Faure, as well as Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, held separate meetings with Sarkisian and Aliyev before the start of the summit.
Meanwhile, military authorities in Stepanakert have reported another casualty in the Karabakh conflict zone. The Karabakh defense army said 19-year-old serviceman Arayik Babayan was shot dead while on combat duty on the Line of Contact with Azerbaijan on Thursday afternoon.
This is the third death of a serviceman reported by Karabakh’s defense army since early last week. The Azerbaijani military also reported that one of its soldiers was shot dead by Armenian forces in the Karabakh conflict zone during the period in question. Both sides have accused each other of violating the ceasefire.