OSCE Co-Chairmen Supports Idea of Meeting between Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Bucharest: Russian Co-Chairman

OSCE Co-Chairmen Supports Idea of Meeting between Presidents of  Azerbaijan and  Armenia in   Bucharest: Russian Co-Chairman

Austria, Vienna, 14 March /corr. Trend A.Alasgarov / Trend interview with the OSCE Minsk Group's Co-Chairman - Ambassador Yury Merzlyakov of the Russian Federation - as a result of the consultations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which took place on 12-13 March in Vienna. Together with Merzlyakov, the consultations were also attended by the Minsk Group Co-chairman Bernard Fassier of France and U.S. Assistant Co-Chairman- Mike Karpenter.

Question: What steps will the OSCE Minsk Group's Co-chairmen take after the consultation in Vienna?

- Briefing of the Minsk Group took place in Vienna. We basically hold it once per quarter and inform about our activities of the past three months, i.e. since the end of November, when the Foreign Ministers of Russia, France and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State came together in Madrid and sent the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia a document reflecting base principles for the conflict settlement. In addition, we speak about our plans for the coming future. However, this briefing is confidential and held only for the members of Minsk Group. Our plans are concrete and key for the future perspective. However, due to the known reasons, now I can not provide you with details.

Question: Is the Minsk co-chairmen date of visit to the region confirmed?

- Our last visit to the region was in January. Still, we have no plans to visit the region soon. Everything will depend on the results of our meeting with the Ministers, where our proposals on concrete steps will be known. Thus, I can not definitely say when out visit to the region will take place.

Question: Are talks being held with newly elected President of Armenia, Serj Sarkisyan and President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev with regards to the possible meeting between them in Bucharest summit of NATO at the beginning of April? Are preparations being held for such a meeting?

- In January when we were in both the countries, we suggested the Presidents to think about the meeting. We knew that Kocharyan is not going to attend the Bucharest summit, but Sarkisyan will attend. Such idea was suggested to us then. We would like it to be realized.

Question: Is there any similarity between Kosovo and Nagorno-Karabakh problems?

Question: If to speak about it not as an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair but simply as a citizen of Russia, then our position on Kosovo is well known. It is universal and can be applied on all conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Our principle is that all sides involved in the conflict must reach to an agreement and take a mutually acceptable decision. However, we, the co-chairs, will support this decision, contribute and act as guarantee for such decision.

As to the idea that Kosovo variant was directed to another course, we are not guilty for that. We would like to return the Kosovo process to legal platform. We do not view Kosovo model as a resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. For the time being, the sides, thanks God, only negotiate and meet. At least, this process is ongoing within the legal course. Unfortunately, over the past period we are not observing in Kosovo, after its unilateral declaration of independence, and especially after following the statements against this independence by some members of the international community.

Question: On 14 March, the UN General Assembly will discuss a resolution on the situation in the occupied territory of Azerbaijan. What is your opinion about the draft resolution, presented to UN by Azerbaijan?

Answer: We spoke about it at different levels with our Azerbaijani friends, saying that we cannot welcome the draft document in this version. All OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries stick to such opinion. It does not reflect the one which only the co-chairs but also the sides in the conflict dealt. It is very unilateral and very selective among set of 'basic principles' of the conflict resolution which we deal with. It selects only those of Azerbaijan's interest. The draft document turned out to be unilateral, absolutely imbalanced and not advanced. It was so unexpected for us.

Our proposals offer either to postpone the consideration of this Draft document, or simply try to make it acceptable for the approval. The Azerbaijani delegation rejected them in New York, referring to the absence of relevant testimonies. In this situation all co-chairing countries concluded that they cannot support this document. I should say that the sixth item of the document contains a very good paragraph, indicating better work of the OSCE Minsk Group.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan sign swap gas supplies agreement (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan sign swap gas supplies agreement (PHOTO)
Iran fully supports the ECO
Iran fully supports the ECO
Iran eyes increase in exports via customs of Markazi Province
Iran eyes increase in exports via customs of Markazi Province
Loading Bars
Latest
On behalf of FIG, I express our sincere gratitude to all ones involved in organizing these two weeks of Trampoline Gymnastics in Baku - Vice President of Trampoline Technical Committee of FIG
According to preliminary results 6 parties may enter Kyrgyz Parliament
Saakashvili can attend tomorrow's trial on November 7 episode, doctor says
There should be no misunderstanding in Azerbaijan-Iran relationship - Iranian president
Position of all Iranian officials in state structures was that Azerbaijan's territorial integrity must be ensured - President of Iran
We decided that from now on, Iranian-Azerbaijani relations will develop in all areas - President Ilham Aliyev
Visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Turkmenistan ends
Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan sign swap gas supplies agreement (PHOTO)
Kyrgyzstan will strive to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, president
Omicron variant spreads with cases detected in Netherlands, Denmark, Australia
Azerbaijan really succeeded in restoring country's sovereignty and territorial integrity - President of Turkmenistan
President Ilham Aliyev met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Russian gymnast wins gold at FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in individual trampoline jumping program
Three allies of Armenia in CSTO congratulate Azerbaijan on restoration of territorial integrity - opinion of Israeli expert
Next meeting of Azerbaijan-Pakistan intergovernmental commission to be held soon
President Ilham Aliyev met with Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
President Ilham Aliyev met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Azerbaijan confirms 1,662 more COVID-19 cases, 2,391 recoveries
Iran wants to hold meeting of joint economic cooperation commission with Kazakhstan – FM
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for November 28
President Ilham Aliyev meets with Pakistani President Arif Alvi (PHOTO/VIDEO)
ECO must be ready for challenges of modern world - President of Kyrgyzstan
Iran interested in comprehensively developing relations with Pakistan – Raisi
Importance of Zangazur corridor is obvious - Turkish President
Iran's relations with Tajikistan to continue in full force – President of Iran
Azerbaijan's achievements highly appreciated by international institutions - President Ilham Aliyev
In total disrespect and hatred to all Muslims, Armenia destroyed and desecrated our mosques - President Ilham Aliyev
President Ilham Aliyev takes part in official dinner in honor of participants of 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization
Over 60% of adult population in country received two shots - Azerbaijani president
Finalists in individual trampoline among women announced at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Iran fully supports the ECO
Iran seeks to promote ties with Turkmenistan - Iranian President
Azerbaijani servicemen suffer in mine explosion in Fuzuli district
Problem loans in Azerbaijani banks decrease for year
28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions continue in Baku (PHOTO)
Number of client accounts in Azerbaijani banks increases
Turkey discloses volume of cargo transshipped via Zonguldak port in 9M2021
Iran eyes increase in exports via customs of Markazi Province
Finalists in individual trampoline among men announced at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Close relations between Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey are important – Iranian President
Presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan discuss current areas of bilateral relations
Azerbaijan provided financial and humanitarian assistance to about 80 countries to support their fight against coronavirus - President Ilham Aliyev
Azerbaijan to allocate at least $1.3 billion for building new cities and towns in liberated territories in 2022 - President Ilham Aliyev
Our strategic foreign exchange reserves exceed our state external debt by over six times - President Ilham Aliyev
Over past 18 years, economy of Azerbaijan developed rapidly - President Ilham Aliyev
Finalists in double mini trampoline among women announced at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Today I can say that Zangazur corridor becomes reality - President Aliyev (FULL SPEECH)
Confident that ECO Member States will benefit from Zangazur corridor - President Ilham Aliyev
Azerbaijan achieved favourable investment climate as result of large-scale reforms - President Ilham Aliyev
Finalists in tumbling among men announced at 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Australia confirms two cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant
Zangazur Corridor to contribute to economic development of region - Turkish FM
President Ilham Aliyev participating in 15th Summit of Heads of ECO member-states in Turkmenistan (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry presents weekly review (VIDEO)
Final day of 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions starts at National Gymnastics Arena in Baku (PHOTO)
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev arrives in Turkmenistan for visit (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Azerbaijani, Iranian FMs meet at Economic Cooperation Council's meeting in Ashgabat
Georgia imposes new regulations for citizens from 8 countries
Turkey, Turkmenistan sign deals, strengthen ties in Erdoğan's visit
Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries to curb Omicron variant
Volume of goods loaded/unloaded in Iranian ports up
Azerbaijan’s 10M2021 volume of loans issued to energy, chemistry and natural resources decreases
Kyrgyz president leaves for Turkmenistan for working visit
Kyrgyzstan adds 41 fresh COVID-19 cases
Access to finance remains major challenge for small businesses in Georgia - IFC
847 more COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
Parliamentary elections begin in Kyrgyzstan
Cooperation with regional countries, Iran’s top priority - İranian president
Spanish police march in Madrid to protest against 'Gag Law' reform
Storm Arwen: Third person dies as gale-force winds hit UK
U.S. imposes travel ban from eight African countries over Omicron variant
Israel to ban entry of foreigners from all countries over Omicron
Saudi Arabia allows entry of all travelers who received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Two workers die in accident preparing Spanish stadium for cup game
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on November 28
UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron coronavirus variant cases
Results of Sochi summit fully reflect position of Azerbaijan - Russian expert
Awarding ceremony third day held as part of 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Baku (PHOTOS)
Winners in synchronized trampoline jumping at 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Baku determined
Baku names winners of World Age Group Competitions in jumping on double mini-trampoline for men
28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions: Russian gymnast takes first place in tumbling
Baku names winners of World Age Group Competitions in jumping on double mini-trampoline for women
Azercell announces contest on social network
Gymnast from Kazakhstan win gold in acrobatic jumping at 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions
Best moments of third day of the World Age Group Competitions in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku (PHOTOS)
World age group competition in Baku - Russian gymnast wins first place in individual trampoline jumping
Russian gymnast wins gold in individual trampoline jumping in Baku
Turkmenistan boosts imports of electrical goods from Turkey
Turkmenistan agrees to participate in Lapis-Lazuli project
Smoking to be banned in taxis in Georgia
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price rebounds
11,358 people received COVID-19 vaccine in Kyrgyzstan over past day
Prepared hard for the 28th World Competition in Baku - athlete from Denmark
Finalists in synchronized trampoline jumping among men and women announced at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Finalists in individual trampoline jumping among men announced at 28th FIG World Age Group Competitions in Baku
Azerbaijan expects mutual steps from Armenia towards achieving peace - FM
Azerbaijani, Turkish FMs meet at Economic Cooperation Council's meeting in Ashgabat
Phone conversation held between Presidents of Azerbaijan and Belarus
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
All news