James Warlick, the American co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group brokering a Nagorno Karabakh settlement, has expressed a hope for a meeting between President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to be held later this month.
In a tweet following the meeting of the mediating troika, including representatives of Russia and France, with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on June 1, Warlick wrote: “Important talks with [the] Azerbaijani FM on Nagorno Karabakh peace and comprehensive settlement negotiations. We look forward to a Presidents’ meeting in June.”
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are due to meet with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on June 2.
Sargsyan and Aliyev met in Vienna, Austria, with the OSCE Minsk Group’s mediation on May 16. It was the first meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders since the brief escalation of the armed conflict in Karabakh in early April. In the presence of the top diplomats of the United States, Russia and France the two presidents agreed to respect the ceasefire and continue their search for a peaceful solution to the conflict. The mediators then said the next Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting could be held as early as June.