Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan,on Tuesday (11 June) met in Yerevan with the special representative of the chairman-in-office of the OSCE, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk. According to the prime minister's press service the two discussed the Karabakh conflict and conflict resolution process.
The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected to meet soon to follow-up on the discussions held between the leaders of the two countries recently in Vienna in March. The diplomatic contacts have been overshadowed in the last two weeks by incidents of violence on the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone where two Azerbaijani soldiers and one Armenian soldier have been killed.
photo: Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan and OSCE Envoy Andrzej Kasprzyk at their meeting on 11 June 2019 in Yerevan (picture courtesy of the press service of the government of Armenia)
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.