The next step in the complex process to set a solid basis for the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will take place on Monday, 15 April, when the foreign ministers of the two countries will meet in Moscow to try to put substance to the two declarations that they issued in January and March and which gave some indication of where the process may be heading.
The meeting in Moscow will also be attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in his capacity as representative of one of the Minsk group co-chair countries.
photo: The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan with the Minsk Group co-chair mediators at their meeting on 16 January 2019 (archive picture)
On Tuesday, PACE approved a resolution that will allow the Russian delegation to take part in the Assembly's June session. The resolution was backed by 118 members, 62 parliamentarians voted against it, while 10 abstained.
In the Karabakh peace process there has been a reluctance by track 1 participants to engage properly with track II initiatives. The EU supported EPNK process has shown that unconventional diplomacy has much to contribute, and its energy must now be put to good use.