NALBANDIAN, OSCE DISCUSS KARABAKH

The meeting discussed a number of issues regarding the Karabakh conflict and its peace process. 

Nalbandian stressed to the Minsk Group that “Azerbaijan has been refusing to implement the agreements reached at Vienna and St. Petersburg summits for months,” which in turn impedes the development of peace talks. 

The Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minisk group Co-Chair countries–Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States’ Secretary of State John Kerry, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault–issued a statement which called for “non-use of force,” and “self determination of peoples.” 

The statement reminded that the sides involved in the conflict should base their core principles on the Helsinki Final Act, including “future determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh through a legally binding expression of will.” 

Nalbandian and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier also met on Thursday, where discussion took place about the OSCE Minsk Group’s activity and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Armenian Foreign Minister commended the work of the OSCE and reiterated Azerbaijan’s continuous violations of the ceasefire agreements made the Vienna and St. Petersburg summits. 

“In April, there was an escalation in the zone of the conflict, which shows that there is a danger of the re-ignition of this conflict,” Steinmeier said, addressing the OSCE Ministerial Council on Thursday. 

Steinmeier also voiced his support of the OSCE Minsk Group and relayed that the Minsk Group has “furnished proof of reducing risk of escalation” and that “it can serve as a buffer between the two conflict parties.” 

The full version of the Nalbandian’s statement to the OSCE Ministerial Council, provided by the Armenian Foreign Ministry, is available here: