By Harry Tamrazian in Prague
Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met international mediators in Strasbourg on Friday to discuss their recent proposals aimed at overcoming the remaining obstacles to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The American, French, and Russian co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group submitted the undisclosed proposals to Oskanian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov when they last met in the Serbian capital Belgrade about a month ago. The mediators held a separate meeting with Mammadyarov in the French city on Thursday.
“During the meeting, I presented our approaches regarding those formulations,” Oskanian told RFE/RL “They heard about Azerbaijani approaches and will probably incorporate all those approaches into the document which they will present to the parties during their regional visit.”
He declined to disclose those proposals and Yerevan’s response to them. Azerbaijani officials said earlier that the proposals relate to two unspecified elements of the Minsk Group’s broader peace plan that calls for a phased settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
Oskanian said he also discussed with the mediators preparations for a potentially decisive meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents tentatively slated for next month. “The co-chairs want to reinvigorate the peace process after our parliamentary elections and they have a clear schedule of what the next steps should be,” he said, adding that they will visit the conflict zone later this month.