Date of meet­ing be­tween Azer­bai­jani, Ar­me­nian FM re­vealed

Azer News - - Front Page - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov and Act­ing Ar­me­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Zohrab Mnat­sakanyan will hold a meet­ing me­di­ated by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs (Igor Popov - Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Ste­fan Vis­conti France and An­drew Schae­fer - U.S.) on De­cem­ber 5.

Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov and Act­ing Ar­me­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Zohrab Mnat­sakanyan will hold a meet­ing me­di­ated by the OSCE Minsk Group cochairs (Igor Popov - Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Ste­fan Vis­conti - France and An­drew Schae­fer - U.S.) on De­cem­ber 5.

The meet­ing will be held on the side­lines of the 25th OSCE Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil in Mi­lan, the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry re­ported on De­cem­ber 3. "Per­sonal rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the OSCE Chair­man-in-Of­fice An­drzej Kasprzyk will also take part in the meet­ing. The meet­ing will dis­cuss the ne­go­ti­a­tion process to re­solve the Ar­me­ni­anAzer­bai­jani con­flict," the mes­sage said.

In the mean­time, Mos­cow an­nounced about Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov's plans to hold a se­ries of bi­lat­eral meet­ings on the Karabakh is­sue that is more prob­a­bly to take place af­ter the meet­ing be­tween Mam­mad­yarov and Mnat­sakanyan.

The sides in the talks have not pub­li­cized for now any spe­cific step or pro­posal for dis­cus­sion in Mi­lan, but there is high skep­ti­cism over pos­si­ble break­through.

For in­stance Ar­me­nia which is in an­tic­i­pa­tion of ex­traor­di­nary par­lia­men­tary elec­tions is mostly fo­cused on the elec­tion cam­paign which is ac­com­pa­nied by a harsh rivlary be­tween po­lit­i­cal forces for seats in the fu­ture par­lia­ment. In these con­di­tions, any fate­ful or far-reach­ing de­ci­sions on Karabakh con­flict seems ab­surd.

At the same time, Nikol Pashinyan, whose chances are as­sessed high to win the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions on De­cem­ber 9, has re­peat­edly stated his in­ten­tion to make a sub­stan­tial amend­ment in the ne­go­ti­a­tion process. He him­self and his sup­port­ers de­fend urge that Karabakh "author­i­ties", who ac­tu­ally rule in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, "must be re­turned to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble".

Azer­bai­jan ear­lier ex­pressed its cat­e­gor­i­cal dis­agree­ment with this po­si­tion of Ar­me­nia. More­over, Azer­bai­jan has al­ready of­fered the max­i­mum pos­si­ble con­ces­sions to the Ar­me­nian side, in par­tic­u­lar, the coun­try is ready to pro­vide au­ton­omy, but within the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan.

Peace diplo­macy over Nagorno-Karabakh en­tered a pe­riod of stag­na­tion af­ter the "vel­vet" rev­o­lu­tion be­gan in Ar­me­nia and this pause is likely to con­tinue for some time. In par­tic­u­lar, un­til a full-fledged govern­ment is formed in Yere­van, where both the Prime Min­is­ter and the Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs fi­nally get rid of the pre­fix “act­ing” at the be­gin­ning of their po­si­tions…

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