Talks on Resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Intensifies French Co-chair at OSCE Minsk Group
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chair, Russian Ambassador, Yuriy Merzlyakov, stated in Baku on 22 November that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have further proposals on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which at present is being discussed confidentially, Trend reports.
Speaking on the results of the visit to Yerevan and talks held with the Armenian leaders, the mediator said that the Armenian side confirmed its willingness to participate in the talks. We hope the same applies in Baku by the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, he added. The diplomat also noted that the U.S. Ambassador, Matthew Bryza, intends to meet with the leader of the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arkadiy Gukasian in Los Angeles, and therefore, was unable to visit the region with the Minsk Group mission. Nevertheless, he voiced his hope that all 3 co-chairs would be present at the meeting of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Minsk on 28 November 2006.
The French Ambassador Fassie announced that negotiations are continuing intensively. We have met with the Foreign Ministers three times over the last few weeks. We are trying to build a wall in the hope of establishing a base for future agreements on the resolution of the conflict. We add a brick each time a positive step is taken, he stated .