The co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Process are currently in the South Caucasus. On Monday they met in Baku with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev, and later also met the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Defence.
It is understood that the co-Chair made strong representations to the Azerbaijani side following a sharp increase in violence on the line of contact during the month of January. The Azerbaijani side said that during the meeting with the Foreign Minister the sides discussed an action plan for the implementation of the drafting of a comprehsensive peace agreement. The diplomats from Russia, France and the United States are now expected to travel to Yerevan for meetings with the Armenian leasdership
photo: The co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Process at their meeting in Baku with President Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan on Monday, 16 February 2015. (Picture courtesy of the press Service of the President of Azerbaijan).
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