MOSCOW, January 14 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian foreign ministry has circulated a report noting certain positive shifts in Yerevan’s and Baku’s conceptual approaches to Karabakh settlement.
On January 10-11, Prague was the venue of a routine meeting between Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan and his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mamedyarov with the participation of the co-chairmen of the Minsk OSCE group on Karabakh settlement (Russia, the USA and France).
“Moscow is delighted to note that meetings between the Armenian and Azeri sides on various levels, including summits and Prague dialogue, have assumed a regular nature,” says the report.
Azeri-Armenian consultations under the international aegis have proved to consider virtually all aspects of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.
“These include such disputes as the withdrawal of the Armenian troops, demilitarization of this territory, international guarantees and the future status of Nagorny Karabakh [Armenian enclave on Azerbaijan territory, a self-proclaimed republic],” says the report.
“Both sides confirm their readiness to continue joint work with a view to abating tensions around the Karabakh problem and consequently improving the situation in all the South Caucasian region.”
“The sides can be only praised for their agreement on advancing in the implementation of the earlier-made decision to send a fact-finding Minsk OSCE Group mission to occupied territories in the Karabakh zone as well as on seeking to stage an Azeri-Armenian summit in Warsaw this summer.”
“As before, Moscow is ready to assist together with other participants in the Minsk OSCE Group in an ever deeper mutual understanding between Armenia and Azerbaijan so as to attain Karabakh settlement through peaceful talks,” concludes the Russian foreign ministry’s report.