The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday met in Moscow to discuss a resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Foreign ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov , were joined by their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov of Russia, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the U.S., as well as Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.
The agenda of the meeting was guided by the tenor set during a March 29 summit in Vienna between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
An exchange of ideas took place on actions aimed at further reduction of tension in the conflict zone, as well as possible partnership in the humanitarian sector. A joint statement was adopted with the results of the meeting, the Armenian foreign ministry said.
“As a development to the agreements reached during the March 29 summit between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Vienna, the participants of the meeting discussed the situation at the border and the Line of Contact, as well as prospects of establishing partnership in the humanitarian area. A comprehensive exchange of ideas over fundamental issues of resolution took place.
The Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers reiterated the intention of the parties to continue efforts in the direction of the Karabakh conflict settlement through political-diplomatic means. The interest in the direction of further stabilization of the situation in the conflict zone was emphasized, particularly during the period of agricultural works.
They also agreed to take action based on reciprocity to allow visits of families to persons detained in the territory of the parties. The ministers expressed readiness to take practical actions in the direction of establishing contacts between the populations, including through mutual visits of mass media representatives.
Lavrov and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs reiterated their commitment to the mediation mission aimed at the establishment of sustainable peace in the region. Participants of the meeting agreed to continue contacts in the near future”, reads the joint statement, according to the foreign ministry.