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 Wednesday, July 1 2020 11:41
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Minsk Co-Chairs urged parties to  Karabakh conflict to refrain from  steps that could undermine the peace process

 Minsk Co-Chairs urged parties to  Karabakh conflict to refrain from  steps that could undermine the peace process

ArmInfo. The Co-Chairs of the  OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane  Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of  America)? met separately and jointly via video conference on 29-30  June with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and  Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to discuss the public  health situation in the region, current dynamics in the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and next steps in the peace process.  Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office (PRCIO)  Andrzej Kasprzyk also participated in these discussions.

As the press-release of Organization received by ArmInfo reports, the  Co-Chairs emphasized the importance of promoting and maintaining an  atmosphere conducive to peace and favorable to substantive  negotiations. They assessed positively the relative stability on the  ground and expressed satisfaction that the sides continue to use  existing direct communication links to avoid escalation.  Recalling  their statement of 9 March, 2019, however, the Co-Chairs noted with  concern that recent provocative statements, inflammatory rhetoric,  and possible steps intended to change the situation on the ground in  tangible ways could undermine the settlement process.

The Co-Chairs stressed that there is no military solution to the  conflict. They urged the sides to take additional steps to strengthen  the ceasefire and to prepare the populations for peace. The Co-Chairs  also stressed the urgency of resuming monitoring exercises under the  leadership of the PRCIO as soon as conditions allow.

The Co-Chairs and Foreign Ministers? agreed to hold another joint  video conference in July and to meet in person as soon as possible.  

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