The Armenian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian participated in the 19th sitting of the OSCE Ministerial Council. The Foreign Ministers of 57 member states and high-ranking representatives of about twenty international organizations participated in the sitting.
On the sidelines of the summit, Edward Nalbandian had a meeting with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Robert Bradtke, Igor Popov and Jacques Faure and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk. Issues related to the process of settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict were discussed. An agreement was reached to organize a meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers early in 2013.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zanier exchanged views on the issues on the agenda of the 19th OSCE Ministerial Council, the process f settlement of the Karabakh conflict, the Armenia-OSCE cooperation, the activity of the OSCE Yerevan Office and the programs it implements.
During the meeting with the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Philippe Lefort reference was made to the results of the visit of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso’s visit to Armenia and Armenia-EU cooperation. The EU Special Representative reiterated the willingness of the European Union to support the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, implementation of the confidence-building measures.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Riccardo Migliori exchanged views on regional security, the role of parliamentary diplomacy in the development of cooperation between OSCE member states, the efforts towards resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. As for the forthcoming presidential elections, Ricardo Migliori said he would personally head the OSCE PA observation mission.
Also, Minister Nalbandian had meetings with his Spanish, Italian and Swiss counterparts.