Sargsyan, Kerry discuss Karabakh in Warsaw

By Asbarez | Friday, 08 July 2016

President Sarkisian and the Armenian delegation (right) met with Secretary of State John Kerry in Warsaw on Friday

President Sarkisian and the Armenian delegation (right) met with Secretary of State John Kerry in Warsaw on Friday

WARSAW—President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday met with Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of a NATO summit being held in the Polish capital. The two discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution.

The two leaders discussed specifics of a conversation between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and emphasized the importance of adhering to the agreements reached during a meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents last month in St. Petersburg and one mediated by Kerry in May in Vienna.

Sarkisian praised the US for its continued commitment to the peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict and also commended the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries for their efforts to bring peace and stability to the region.

Sarkisian also praised Kerry for his personal efforts to mediate talks and bring about solutions for peace following Azerbaijan’s aggressive attacks on Karabakh in April, which resulted in military and civilian casualties.

Serzh Sarkisian arrived in Warsaw to participate in the summit. Armenia is member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program.

Upon arriving in Warsaw, Sarkisian’s delegation was met by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Ahead of a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to be held in the Polish capital, the group’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg urged all parties to end the attacks in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

“I expect our communiqué to refer to the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh. We call on the parties to ease the tension, refrain from violence and continue the attempts to reach a peaceful and grounded settlement to the Karabakh conflict through negotiations,” Stoltenberg told reporters referring to an announcement that customarily emerges at the close of such summits.

“We support all the efforts for finding a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on negotiations,” said Stoltenberg.

Also stressing the need for continued talks on the Karabakh conflict was the US Co-chairman of the OSCE Minks Group, James Warlick.

“Just arrived in Warsaw for the NATO summit. It’s an opportunity to continue discussions on Nagorno Karabakh peace process with Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Warlick said on Twitter.