OSCE MG U.S. Co-chair hopes for productive talks with Armenian leader

OSCE MG U.S. Co-chair hopes for productive talks with Armenian leader

PanARMENIAN.Net - Meeting with Azerbaijan President focused on issues for the Nagrno Karabakh peace and ceasefire violations. Hope for productive talks with Armenia President today, the U.S. Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group said in his Twitter post.

James Warlick also mentioned a meeting with the U.S. envoy John Heffern in Yerevan, with the Karabakh conflict settlement discussed. Warlick expressed hope for people to be able to cross the border without fear of incidents.

The OSCE Minsk Group French and U.S. Co-chairs, Jacques Faure and James Warlick travelled to Baku Sunday, Feb 2. Meetings with the Azerbaijani President and Foreign Minister were held planned for Feb 3, with the co-chairs arriving in Yerevan Feb 5.

As the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked at the Feb 1 Munich Security Conference, “We’re working on Cyprus quietly. You’re not hearing about it. We’re working on Nagorno Karabakh, the Caucasus.”

Earlier, Warlick expressed regret over the deaths at the contact line between the Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijani armed forces.

"Regret another death on Line of Contact. Sides must focus on finding peace; escalation is in no one’s interest," Warlick said in his Twitter post.

In late January, a Nagorno Karabakh army soldier, Karen Galstyan, aged 20, sustained a deadly injury in a sniper attack at the northern direction of the line of contact with the Azerbaijani armed forces.

Simultaneous attempts of penetration by the Azerbaijani subversive groups were recorded on Jan 19-20 in the north-eastern (Jraberd) and south-eastern (Korgan) directions of the line of contact. The front units of the armed forces of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic noticed the actions of the Azerbaijani subversive groups and started an organized defense in both directions. The rival was thrown back suffering palpable human and material losses. Junior Sergeant Armen Hovhannisyan died from the wounds he received during the exchange of fire in the north-eastern direction.

Also, as a result of the continuous firing from the Azerbaijani side, a 16-year-old girl was wounded in her leg on Thursday, Jan 23 night in Aygepar village of Armenia’s Tavush province. Intensive fire was registered in the direction of Armenian border villages of Nerkin Karmraghbyur, Aygepar, Chinari and Movses, RA Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan told PanARMENIAN.Net

The injured girl underwent a surgery in the hospital of Berd town and later discharged, according to Ankakh.com.

“The Azeris fired upon houses, roofs. Now the firing has stopped,” one of Aygepar residents told Razm.info.

According to Nerkin Karmraghbyur’s page on Facebook, the firing ceased at about 5 am Friday. No one was injured; roofs of some houses were damaged.

Earlier, village administration head Manvel Kamendatyan said that the electricity was turned off to avoid ignition.

Meanwhile, Azeri media outlets spread reports alleging that a woman was wounded by Armenians. However, no official comments followed.

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