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 Wednesday, October 18 2017 12:52
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship: Peace planning should be in  the focus of efforts of the parties to the Karabakh conflict

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship: Peace planning should be in  the focus of efforts of the parties to the Karabakh conflict

ArmInfo. The Austrian OSCE Chairmanship closely followed the meeting of the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in Geneva on 16 October.

"We are pleased to see the fresh impetus and commitment by the Presidents to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and seek additional steps to reduce tensions on the Line of Contact," a spokesperson of the OSCE Chairmanship said.

"The Chairmanship hopes this renewed engagement will be reflected in concrete steps to peacefully resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Planning for peace should be the focus of the endeavours. Represented by Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference, the Chairmanship underlines its continued readiness to further support the efforts for peace on all sides."

On October 16, Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting took place  in Geneva. The meeting was attended by Armenian and Azeri Foreign Ministers  Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov, Minsk mediators Igor Popov (Russia), Andrew Scheffer (USA), Stefan Visconti (France) and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk. The meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere. The presidents agreed to take additional measures to intensify the negotiation process and reduce tensions on the contact line. At the same time, the mediators expressed their commitment to continue working with the parties to the Karabakh conflict to find a peaceful way to resolve it. As a next step in this direction, the mediator called the organization of working meetings with the foreign ministers of two countries.

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