Minsk Group Co-Chairs to visit Yerevan, Stepanakert in ten days – Armenia FM

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs will visit Armenia and Artsakh early in June, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian told reporters today.

“I don’t know, whether Baku will be ready to accept them, but the Co-Chairs will visit Yerevan and Stpepanakert in about ten days,” Minister Nalbandian told a joint press conference with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier.

He did not rule out that the issue of a possible meeting on the level of Foreign Ministers could be discussed during the visit.

Commenting on the recent statement of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, Minister Nalbandian said “this was the first time the Co-Chairs pointed out that it’s Azerbaijan violating the ceasefire agreement and opening fire.”

“Azerbaijan has long been preventing the creation of an investigation mechanism not to allow the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs or others involved in the process to point out the party violating the ceasefire agreement. However, the latest statement shows that it’s possible even without the mechanism,” Minister Nalbandian added.

The Armenian Foreign Minister added that “it was not the first targeted statement.” “There have been a number of statements (although sometimes non-directly) addressed to Azerbaijan, urging not to escalate the situation in the region, to remain committed to the peaceful settlement of the conflict, to respect the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries and refrain from attempts to transfer the issue to other formats, to agree to the implementation of an investigation mechanism, etc.,” Minister Nalbandian said.

He added that “despite a number of statements, Azerbaijan keeps ignoring them and doing the opposite.”

“This leads to a situation, where the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs should step up efforts to proceed from making statements to taking concrete steps to restrain Azerbaijan’s non-constructive and provocative policy,” Minister Nalbandian stated.

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