Armenia, Azerbaijan agree on expanding OSCE monitor group in Karabakh

By Asbarez | Thursday, 28 July 2016

MOSCOW (—Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed to expand the OSCE monitoring group along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, U.S. Co-Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told RIA Novosti.

According to Warlick, the OSCE Minsk Group is actively working towards the fulfillment of the obligations taken by the presidents during the Vienna and St. Petersburg meetings for lowering the tension and further advancement of the negotiations aimed at peacemaking of the conflict.

In his words, it is planned to continue the large-scale talks on the settlement of the conflict with the involvement of high-level officials from each side. “The progress in diplomatic direction is necessary to lower the tension between the sides,” Warlick noted.

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs expect a progress to be achieved in the Nagorno-Karabakh peacemaking process during the possible meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Warlick said.

“The Vienna and St. Petersburg meetings have played a role on the relative stability and the reduction of tension in the line of contact, as well as in the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The President’s expected meeting must show the sides’ willingness over maintaining the ceasefire regime. We also expect the next meeting will contribute to achieving progress in the negotiation process, as well as will enable to continue the works aimed at easing the tension between the sides. We expect the sides will adhere to the President’s readiness towards the maintenance of the ceasefire regime,” Warlick said.