Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov (Russia), Robert Bradtke (U.S), as well as personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk met with the head of the separatist "Nagorno Karabakh Republic", ArmeniaToday reported.
After the meetings, Igor Popov and Robert Bradtke said that the main topic of discussion were the issues voiced during the trilateral meeting of the Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia in St. Petersburg, as well as the incident at the frontline of Armenia and Azerbaijan June 18.
"We once again expressed our concern in connection with the incident, which violated the ceasefire agreement of 1994. Such an incident could harm the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict. At the meeting the possibility of avoiding such incidents in future was discussed," Popov said.
Russian co-chairman also said that the status of self-proclaimed "Nagorno Karabakh Republic" must be resolved democratically. Co-Chairs also reported that in Yerevan they intend to meet with Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan. During their visit to Baku they will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
French co-chairman Bernard Fassier failed to come to Khankendi. However, tonight he will arrive in Yerevan. During his visit to Yerevan the mediators will also meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and foreign minister Edward Nalbandian.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.