Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers are due to hold talks for the next time on the sidelines of a meeting of the OSCE council of foreign ministers in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana December 5-6 to discuss ways of peacefully settling the Upper Garabagh conflict, officials said.
Deputy foreign minister and the President’s special envoy on the Upper Garabagh conflict Araz Azimov said the two ministers are expected to hold a private meeting as part of the event. Co-chairs of the mediating OSCE Minsk Group are due to visit the region prior to the ministers’ meeting, Azimov said. “The issue was discussed at a recent OSCE meeting. A final decision was not made in this respect, but the co-chairs’ visit is expected on the eve of the parliamentary elections”, the deputy foreign minister said.
Armenian foreign minister Vardan Oskanian told a press conference on Thursday that the conflicting sides – Azerbaijan and Armenia – should step up progress achieved in the conflict settlement. “A very suitable moment has come about from the standpoint of resolving the Garabagh conflict”, he said. “There are positive processes and achievements and we should use them in order to continue the negotiating process and deepen the accomplishments after the parliament elections in Azerbaijan.”