Diplomats representing the troika countries co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Process on Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday met with the President of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakyan, in Stepanakert.
Igor Popov of Russia, Pierre Andrieu of France, and James Warlick of the United States, were accompanied by the the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk and other officials.
The diplomats are in the region for consultations with different stakeholders in an effort to keep the momentum of discussions for a resolution of the Karabakh conflict. Earlier this week they were in Baku where they met President Ilham Aliev. They are now expected to visit Yerevan for meetings with Armenian officials.
photo: Bako Sahakyan in a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-Chair in Stepanakert on 24 October 2016 (picture courtesy of the press service of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic)
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