The American co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Process, Ambassador James Warlick, has arrived in Yerevan where later today he is expected to have meetings with the Armenian leadership.
The visit comes amid increased efforts to re-energise the talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. A proposal by the Swiss Government, who this year hold the Chairmanship of the OSCE - the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe - invites the sides in the conflict to engage in more intensive negotiations and in a more formal framework. Few details are as yet available but there is increased frustration in international quarters at the failure of the ad hoc negotiations that have been taking place for the last two decades. Recent incidents on the line of contact seperating the conflict sides resulted in dozens of casulaties and introduced a note of urgency to the situation.
In August the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Sochi under the auspices of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Less than a month later they met again in Wales at the invitation of US Secretary of State, John Kerry. Although during these meetings no substantive negotiations have taken place, the situation on the line of contact has been much calmer as a result.
photo: Ambassador James Warlick.
First Vice-President Aliyeva noted that Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between the civilizations of the East and West, and is one of the few countries that are a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The transfer of the body of Tatunashvili back to Georgian jurisdiction was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is now expected that the Georgian authorities will hold an autopsy on the body to ascertain the cause of death.