Diplomats representing France, Russia and the United States who co-chair the Minsk Process empowered to mediate a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the framework of the OSCE, on Friday (6 October) met the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, during their visit to Yerevan. The diplomats are working on the preparations for an Armenia-Azerbaijan presidential summit which reports suggest may happen very soon.
At the meeting the diplomats were also accompanied by the Personal Representative of the current Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE, Ambassador Andrzej Kasperzyk. The international mediators are also expected to travel to Baku in the next days to meet the Azerbaijani President.
Negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan to try to find a solution to the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh grinded to a halt over the last year, and a presidential summit is now considered necessary if a breakthrough is to be achieved, or at least to restart negotiations. Despite the fact that the two sides have in the last months indulged in a flurry of verbal abuse against each other, in general the situation on the line of contact over the summer months was reasonably calm.
photo: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan greeting the French co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk process on Karabakh, Ambassador Stefan Visconti, before talks in Yerevan on 6 October 2017. Also in the picture are the other international mediators (picture courtesy of the press service of the President of Armenia).
Referring to the regional situation, the President of the European Council said "Georgia is situated in a challenging neighbourhood, where it plays a crucial role as facilitator and bridge builder"