Minsk Group Looking for Opportunity to Organize Another Sargsyan-Aliyev Meeting

(Arka News Agency) – The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs are looking for an opportunity to organize another meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told Russian RIA Novosti news agency.

Warlick said also that the peaceful resolution of the standoff in Yerevan between police and an armed group has caused a sense of relief, adding that the standoff and public debates on it only confirm the importance of the fact that the way to achieving a lasting peace is through the negotiating process.

According to him, no settlement option can be forcibly imposed on any of the parties. He said also the parties to the conflict are taking part in the negotiations with the support of high-ranking officials of the co-chairing countries working on the measures to reduce the risk of violence on the contact line.

He also said that the meetings of the presidents in Vienna and St. Petersburg were successful in terms of reducing violence along the line of contact, resumption of substantive negotiations and promotion of proposals to reduce the risk of violence.

During the May 16 meeting in Vienna, Austria, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to work out safeguards against ceasefire violations around Nagorno Karabakh and resume their search for a compromise peace deal to end the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.  

After the June 20 meeting in St. Petersburg, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to increase the number of international observers in the Karabakh conflict zone and noted the achievement of mutual understanding on a number of issues that will create conditions for progress in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement process.

Armenia, Azerbaijan Presidents Held Second Meeting on Nagorno Karabakh


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.