On May 16 Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian received the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov, Jacques Faure and James Warlick and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk.
The Armenian Foreign Minister and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs discussed the avenues of furthering the process of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
Touching upon the 20th anniversary of the establishment of ceasefire marked last week, Edward Nalbandian noted that for 2o years Azerbaijan has been violating not only the ceasefire concluded between Azerbaijan, Karabakh and Armenia on May 12, 1994, but also the agreement on the strengthening of the ceasefire reached in the same trilateral format on February 4, 1995.
“Azerbaijan constantly organizes provocations at the border with Armenia and the line of contact with Nagorno Karabakh, refuses to fulfill the mediators’ initiatives to withdraw snipers from the line of contact and create mechanisms of investigation of border incidents, which causes serious damage to the efforts of Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group to advance the negotiation process,” Minister Nalbandian said.
Edward Nalbandian noted that some hope emerged after the meeting of the Presidents in November 2013 that it could be possible to further the negotiation process. However, yet again the Azerbaijani side made a step back.
The Armenian Foreign Minister noted that with its non-constructive policy and the refusal from many of the Co-Chairs’ proposals, Baku hinders progress in the negotiation process and does its best to maintain the status quo.