By Emil DanielyanPresident Serzh Sarkisian signaled further progress towards the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after holding talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliev in Zurich on Wednesday.
The talks began in the presence of the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers and the American, French and Russian diplomats co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group. According to Sarkisian’s office, the two presidents then spoke one-on-one for an hour before being again joined by their top diplomats and the mediators. They made no public statement after the meeting.
“The Armenian side assessed the results of the Zurich meeting as constructive and positive,” the office said in a statement. It said Aliev and Sarkisian instructed their foreign ministers, who met in the Swiss city on Tuesday, to continue the negotiating process.
It was also agreed that the Minsk Group co-chairs will again visit Baku and Yerevan soon in an attempt to help the conflicting parties overcome their remaining disagreements on the basic principles of a Karabakh settlement proposed by the mediators, added the statement.
The mediators already toured the conflict zone last week. They said they hope to broker a framework peace accord on Karabakh in the first half of this year.
Aliev’s office and Azerbaijani diplomats did not immediately comment on the Zurich talks.
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