Karabakh Talks: Int’l mediators expected to visit region next week

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs will visit the region next week, French Ambassador to Armenia Jean-François Charlespentier has told reporters in Yerevan.

The United States, Russian and French diplomats that co-head the group plan another round of regional shuttle diplomacy after reportedly holding consultations in Moscow. Earlier, they also conferred with senior officials in Washington.

No details of the meetings have been made public. James Warlick, the American co-chair of the group, tweeted only that the United States remains “committed to working with Russia and France” to help settle the long-running conflict.

On their fresh regional tour expected to commence on July 20 the three mediators are expected to make more efforts to arrange face-to-face negotiations between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev last met in Paris in October. Tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, however, flared up again soon after that meeting.

The situation around Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has been relatively calm since April, with only few deadly incidents reportedly.

Observers in Armenia link this relative calm to the first-ever European Games that Baku hosted last month.