After four days of meetings, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Ambassador Yuri Merzylakov вЂ" Russian Federation; Ambassador Bernard Fassier вЂ" France; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza вЂ" United States) are encouraged by the constructive approach of the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan as they seek to finalize a set of basic principles for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Trend reports referring to the statement received from the US Embassy in Azerbaijan.
The Co-Chairs appreciate the efforts of all the interlocutors they met during the week. It is the responsibility of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the assistance of the Co-Chairs, to find a lasting, peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The presidents are defending their national interests vigorously, and they are doing so in a way that allows the peace process to continue moving forward.
The Co-Chairs urge all parties to sustain momentum in the negotiations and to prepare their public for the necessary compromises. At the same time, the Co-Chairs urge continued pursuit of confidence-building measures and maintenance of the ceasefire to increase the level of trust and understanding between the sides.