вЂњThere is no reply from Azerbaijan and Armenia in regard to the proposal of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, particularly, on organization of the next meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian President in January,вЂќ Yuriy Merzlyakov, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairman from Russia, told Trend in an exclusive interview.
The diplomat voiced satisfaction with the approving statements of the officials of the both countries in regard to the January direct meetings of the Presidents. Besides, Merzlyakov regards that it may be spoken in detail at the meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen with the Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers in Ljubljana from 5 to 6 December. The date of the planned meeting of the mediators on the Nagorno-Karabakh region is probably to be determined at this event.
The Russian diplomat refused to comment the last statements of the Armenian President and Foreign Minister. Robert Kocharian stated that Armenia may recognize the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in case of reaching a deadlock in the negotiations. In his turn, Vardan Oskanian, said that Karabakh was an integral part of Armenia, which would never be handed over Azerbaijan. Merzolyakov underlined that co-chairmen did not comment any statements made by the sides.