Diplomats from France, the United States and Russia met with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Monday as they continue their visit tot the region in an effort to keep up the momentum for a Karabakh conflict solution.
The visit has been overshadowed by the death of an Armenian soldier on the frontline on Sunday afternoon. The Armenian side say that this was the result of Azerbaijani sniper fire. There has been no comment by the Azerbaijani side.
The matter was raised by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian when he met the Minsk Group diplomats in Yerevan.
Discussions are on-going to prepare for a second meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan early in 2014. The meeting held in Vienna in November has been welcomed a a step-forward by the international community.
photo: President Sargsyan greeting the OSCE Minsk Group fdiplomats in Yerevan on 16 December 2013. (picture courtesy of the Press Service of the president of Armenia).
A raft of issues are complicating relations between long time allies Turkey and the United States. But both sides continue using diplomatic back-channels to get as many concessions as possible from each other without fatally harming bilateral relations, argues Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed