Definite Progress Achieved in Talks in Yerevan: Russian Ambassador at OSCE MG
The Russian Ambassador Yuriy Merzlyakov, an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair, stated at a new conference in Yerevan on 24 May that definite progress has been made during the talks in Yerevan.
"The talks held during the visit involved co-ordinating a working document developed by the OSCE Minsk Group on the basic principles in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," he noted. Merzlyakov voiced his hope that the process would continue during the talks in Baku.
However, the Russian diplomat noted that no new principles or global proposals involving extreme changes have been put forward. "Over the past year and half, at least, such innovation has not been put forward. Basic principles were determined which is the major framing construction of the future agreement," he emphasized.
Merzlyakov announced that talks between the ministers [Foreign Ministers] are currently centered on the details. "We expect a more global political approach from the Presidents. Both sides have given the task to the Foreign Ministers of co-ordinating with each other in implementing customary basic principles," he emphasized.
The OSCE Minsk Group Chairs from France and Russia have been visiting Armenia from 23 May as part of a tour of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflicting region. During their visit they held meetings with the President of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, the Prime Minister, Serzh Sarkisian and the Foreign Minister, Vartan Oskanian
On 24 May the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will depart for Baku.