Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian opened the session on October 30, meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group mediation co-chairs – Russia, France and the United States – before his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, held a separate session with the international diplomats.
According to an Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, afterwards Mnatsakanian and Bayramov met face to face, with no details from the meeting reported yet.
The talks in Geneva were supposed to take place a day earlier but were delayed as fighting once again spiked in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The current clashes broke out on September 27 and fighting has persisted despite three ceasefire agreements – brokered by Russia, France and the United States – that collapsed within hours, if not minutes, after taking effect on October 10, 17 and 26, respectively.
Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh have accused each other of not respecting the ceasefire agreements.