Armenian and Azeri Foreign Ministers Meet in Paris

OSCE Said Talks Took Place in a Positive and Constructive Atmosphere

The Armenian and Azerbaijan foreign ministers met in the presence of international mediators in Paris on Monday (June 18) to discuss the latest deadly fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and the future stalled peace process.

In a joint statement, the U.S, Russian and French diplomats co-heading the OSCE Minks Group said that talks took place “in a positive, constructive atmosphere” but announced no concrete agreements.

“The Co-Chairs discussed with the Minsters the way forward on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as further work in development if humanitarian contacts and the creation of a mechanism to investigate ceasefire violations, and preservation of sites of historic and cultural value,” said the statement.

The Co-Chairs also reiterated deep concern over recent incidents along the front lines and stressed the need to respect the 1994 ceasefire agreement,” it said. “Foreign Ministers expressed their determination to continue working with the Co-Chairs to reach a peaceful settlement, and their readiness to carry out confidence-building measures that could improve the atmosphere for negotiations.”

The statement did not specify whether they presented Armenia’s Edward Nalbandian and Azerbaijan’s Elmar Mamadyarov with new proposals to help the conflicting parties bridge their differences on the Basic Principles of a Karabakh settlement put forward put forward by the mediators.

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