Diplomats from OSCE Minsk Group co-Chair countries met the leadership of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as they continue their efforts to re-energise the peace process.
Andrew Schofer(USA), Stéphane Visconti(France)and Igor Popov (Russia) accompanied by Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of the Italian Chairmanship of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, met with the president of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Bako Sahakian, in Stepanakert on Saturday morning (10 February).
In the meeting Bako Sahakian reiterated the need for NKR to be represented at all phases of the peace process.
Earlier this week the diplomats met President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan in Baku and president Serrzh Sargsyan in Yerevan.
photo: The president of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with Bako Sahakian met diplomats representing the OSCE Minsk Group co-Chair countries in Stepanakert on Saturday, 10 February 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the self-declared republic authorities)
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