On June 20, Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev met in Saint Petersburg, Russia, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, to discuss peace negotiations for the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. This is the second time Sargsyan and Aliyev have spoken together following the Nagorno Karabakh four-day war in early April. Their first meeting was on May 16 with representatives from the co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Following the trilateral meeting held yesterday, Presidents Sargsyan, Putin, and Aliyev issued a joint statement which reads:
“At the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation, the Presidents of the Republic of Armenia, Russian Federation and Republic of Azerbaijan met in Saint Petersburg on June 20, 2016 and discussed issues pertaining to the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh problem.
The Presidents of the Republic of Armenia and Republic of Azerbaijan reiterated agreements reached at the May 16 Armenian-Azerbaijani Summit in Vienna aimed at the stabilization of the situation in the conflict area and creation of an atmosphere conducive for moving the peace process forward. Towards that end, they agreed in particular to increase the number of international observers. They expressed satisfaction with the fact that recently the ceasefire regime at the line of contact has been upheld. There took place a substantial exchanged of opinions regarding the pivotal issues related to the settlement. The Heads of State took note of mutual understanding on a number of issues the resolution of which will allow to create condition for progress in the settlement of the NK issue. The Presidents mentioned the importance of their regular meetings and reached an agreement to continue them in the same format in addition to the activities carried out by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.
Following the meeting with Putin, President Serzh Sargsyan met with the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov (Russia), James Warlick (USA), Pierre Andrieu (France), and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, where Sargsyan shared his thoughts of the meetings held in Saint Petersburg on a peaceful resolution in Nagorno Karabakh.
Photo Caption 1 (L-R): Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
Photo Caption 2: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan meeting with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.