The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are in Paris for another round of discussions on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They will be held under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Process represented by diplmats from the three co-chair countries, France, Russia and the United States.
Talks between the two countries have been going on for more than two decades with very little progress. Whilst progress was reported in the period 2008-11 last year saw the negotiations grind to a halt. Mediators have been trying to restart the process. It is not yet clear if the two Ministers will have a face to face meeting in Paris. This will depend on progress made in the seperate meetings that they will have with the mediators.
Issues on the agenda include a possible meeting between the two Presidents and the issue of the opening of Stepanakert airport.
photo: The Quai d'Orsay houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris (archive picture)
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