The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected to meet in Austria on 11 July on the margins of the informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the 57 member states of the OSCE, which will take place in the town of Mauerbach. The meeting between Azerbaijan's Elmar Mammadyarov and Armenia's Eduard Nalvandian is expected to be facilitated by the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk group - France, Russia and the United States.
The meeting comes at a particularly difficult moment in relations between the two countries who are engulfed in a conflict related to Nagorno-Karabakh and nearby territories. Mediation efforts by the international community have yielded no results, and the two sides regularly exchange fire causing damage and casualties on each other.
photo: Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian of Armenia (archive picture)
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The meeting in Krakow between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan did not lead to a breakthrough, and none was expected. But there appears to be a change of gear in the negotiations, says Dennis Sammut in this week's Monday Commentary