OSCE MG Co-Chairs issue joint statement on meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian FMs

Thu 30 Jan 2020 15:20 GMT | 19:20 Local Time

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The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) have issued a joint statement following separately and jointly meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan with the participation of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk, in Geneva on 28-30 January, APA reports citing the press service of the OSCE.

The Statement reads that over three days of intensive discussions, the Co-Chairs and the Ministers discussed the issues of implementation of agreements and proposals discussed in 2019 and possible next steps to prepare the populations for peace, principles, and elements forming the basis of a future settlement, and timing and agenda for advancing the settlement process.

The Co-Chairs reiterated their full commitment to helping the sides find a peaceful solution to the conflict and the principle of confidentiality in the settlement process, as well as the need for creativity and a spirit of compromise to achieve a fair and lasting peace.

According to the statement, the ministers agreed to meet again in the near future under Co-Chair auspices.

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