Moscow: Karabakh meeting in Hamburg has yet to be agreed on

Moscow: Karabakh meeting in Hamburg has yet to be agreed on

PanARMENIAN.Net - Possibility of holding a meeting on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in Hamburg has been discussed, but a final agreement has yet to be reached, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Wednesday, December 7.

France has proposed holding the summit in a 3+2 format, involving the three OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs, as well as the Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers.

Armenia's Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said in late November that there is no clarity concerning the meeting.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azeri leader Ilham Aliyev met on June 20 in Saint Petersburg to address the conflict, with Russian President Vladimir Putin mediating the talks. The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents confirmed their commitment to the implementation of agreements reached at a Vienna-hosted meeting on May 16. To that end, they agreed to increase the number of international observers in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone. Also, they expressed satisfaction that the ceasefire was now holding. Prior to that, a meeting between both leaders was organized on May 16 in Vienna, with top diplomats from the MG co-chairing countries hosting the summit.

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing launched by the Azeri authorities in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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