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OSCE Minsk Group and the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan- Press release (June 18, 2012)

On June 18, the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Robert Bradtke of the United States of America, Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, and Jacques Faure of France) met jointly with the Foreign Minister of Armenia,  Edward Nalbandian, and the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov. Also participating in the meeting was the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.

The Co-Chairs discussed with the Ministers the way forward on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as further work on development of humanitarian contacts and the creation of a mechanism to investigate ceasefire violations, and preservation of sites of historic and cultural value.  The Co-Chairs also reiterated deep concern over recent incidents along the front lines and stressed the need to respect the 1994 ceasefire agreement. The 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 meeting took place in a positive, constructive atmosphere.  As a next step, the Co-Chairs will visit the region in the coming weeks.


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