By Astghik Bedevian
No announcement has been made about a possible meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan after Tuesday’s visit of the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen to Yerevan.
The cochairmen of the group from Russia and France, Yuri Merzlyakov and Bernard Fassier, today met with Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian. The U.S. cochairman of the group Matthew Bryza did not arrive in Yerevan.
In a recent interview with RFE/RL Vartan Oskanian said that during their visit to the region the cochairmen would propose a meeting of the two presidents on the sidelines of the November 28 summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The cochairmen left Yerevan for Baku. In analysts’ opinion, a possible meeting may be announced after the cochairmen’s meeting with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliev.
Last week Robert Kocharian said that “unfortunately, despite the ongoing active negotiations, there are few grounds for optimism.”