Nalbandian, Lavrov discuss Artsakh peace process

By Asbarez | Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

YEREVAN—Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbanian and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on August 31 discussed issues regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and bilateral cooperation via phone conversation.

On Thursday, September 1, the OSCE Foreign Ministers will have an informal meeting in Potsdam, Germany where discussion of the Karabakh issue will be on the agenda, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter- Steinmeier said in a statement.

“In the crisis-ridden world of today, the OSCE is perhaps more important than ever – in crisis management in eastern Ukraine, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh and other conflicts in Europe as well as in the maintenance of peace and security,” he said.

Steinmeier added strengthening of fundamental freedoms and democratic standards will be discussed as well as addressing new challenges such as international terrorism or the consequences of flight and migration.

Discussion of arms control will also be on the agenda. “I think now is the right time to gain a momentum for more transparency, risk prevention and confidence building here,” Steinmeier said.

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh will meet in Moscow on September 8, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

“They will discuss important issues of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, where special attention is planned to be focused on the progress of the implementation of the agreements made at the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement summits in Vienna and St. Petersburg,” Zakharova said.