News from Karabagh


Armenia, Azerbaijan welcome reduction of tension in Nagorno-Karabakh
/Dec 6/TASS/

The two leaders confirmed that the level of violence has fallen significantly since they reaffirmed their commitment in September to reduce tensions

MOSCOW – Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement welcome de-escalation in the area and are ready to continue efforts in the interests of peace settlement, according to a press statement posted on the OSCE website on Thursday.

The co-chairs, together with Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk visited the region from October 29 to November 2.

In their press statement, they noted that the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders "confirmed that the level of violence has fallen significantly since they reaffirmed in Dushanbe their commitment to reduce tensions."

"The Co-Chairs welcomed these developments, commended the sides for implementing constructive measures in good faith, and expressed support for the leaders’ readiness to continue their dialogue," the documents says. "The Co-Chairs stressed the importance of sustaining a climate of trust for intensive negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."

Azerbaijani FM: Very useful conversations held on Karabakh conflict
/Dec 6/ Leman Zeynalova/

Very useful discussions were held on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.                                                                                                He was commenting on the meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on 5 December, Trend reports.

“It was around three hours very important and useful discussions for better understanding of each other’s position. There was an agreement to continue talks in this format in the upcoming future, most probably next month,” said the minister.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and acting Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan are holding a meeting with the mediation of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) in Milano on December 5, 2018, Trend reports citing a message from Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry on Twitter.

Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk is also attending the meeting, according to the message.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov is holding negotiations with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Trend reports citing a Twitter message from Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry.

“On the sidelines of 25th Ministerial Council of the OSCE, Foreign Minister #Elmar Mammadyarov is holding negotiations with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk also takes part at the meeting,” said the message.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

Intensive dialogue between Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders to promote lasting settlement of Karabakh conflict: statement
/Dec 6/Aysor/

Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to meet in early 2019, says the statement released by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

"On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Milan, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries (the Russian Federation, the United States of America, and France) and the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov and Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan agreed to continue working towards a just and lasting peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The Co-Chair countries welcomed the significant decrease in ceasefire violations and reported casualties following the conversation of the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan on the margins of the Commonwealth of Independent States’ summit in Dushanbe in September.  They appealed to the sides to continue implementing the understandings reached there and to take concrete measures to prepare their populations for peace.  The Co-Chair countries expressed hope that an intensive results-oriented high-level dialogue between the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to promote a just and lasting settlement of the conflict can resume in the near future.

The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and the Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia reaffirmed their commitment to work intensively to promote a peaceful resolution of the conflict and to further reduce tensions.  They agreed to meet again in early 2019 under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs for this purpose and in order to facilitate high-level talks.  They recognized the strong engagement and good-faith mediation efforts rendered by the Co-Chair countries, as well as the activities of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.

Next Nagorno-Karabakh Settlement Talks to Be Held in January – Azerbaijani FM
Dec 6/Sputnik International/Karen Minasyan/

BAKU/YEREVAN – Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told Sputnik on Thursday that his next meeting with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will likely be held in January.

"I believe that the talks, that were ongoing for three hours, were important and useful in terms of better understanding the positions of both parties. We have agreed to continue the talks in this format in the near future. [The next meeting] will highly likely be held the next month," Mammadyarov said.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry said, in its turn, that the two ministers had agreed to "continue their meetings and preserve the current dynamics [of the talks]."

The ministry added that before his talks with the Azerbaijani foreign minister, Mnatsakanyan met with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov from Russia, Stephane Visconti from France and Andrew Schofer from the United States, as well as Andrzej Kasprzyk, the personal representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.

On Wednesday, the two top diplomats held talks on the crisis resolution on the sidelines of the 25th OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan. Their meeting was mediated by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.

Azerbaijan's Armenian-dominated region of Nagorno-Karabakh region proclaimed its independence in 1991, triggering a military conflict that has never been resolved.

The negotiations on the status of the breakaway region have been underway with the mediation from the OSCE since 1992.