Senior Armenian diplomat notes “remarkable unity” of Russia, US and France on Nagorno-Karabakh

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WASHINGTON, October 24 / TASS /. Armenia believes there is “remarkable unity” between Russia, the United States and France on the regulation of conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said on Friday during a video conference organized by the Atlantic Council.“What is very, very important is that the efforts of the United States are aimed at consolidating the joint work of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group: France, Russia and the United States. This is one of the formats in which these three countries have been considerably united in their efforts and considerably coordinated and consolidated, ”he said.

“This is exactly the format in which despite the different divergent views among the Co-Chairs and many other issues on the international agenda, there has been remarkable unity among the Co-Chairs,” Mnatsakanyan said.

The Armenian Foreign Minister hailed the discussions in Washington on the regulation of Nagorno-Karabakh as being very productive.

“We had very productive meetings in the morning, and we will continue our work together to find the way in which we pursue very specific and very important objectives: to establish the ceasefire, to return to the peaceful resolution,” he said. he said Friday during a videoconference hosted by the Atlantic Council.

Earlier on Friday, Mnatsakanyan held meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Robert O’Brien. US officials had similar talks with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, but the meetings were separate.

The Nagorno-Karabakh regulation talks are being held within the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, the United States and France since 1992. On October 1, the leaders of Russia, the United States and France’s Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron issued a joint statement on the events in Nagorno-Karabakh, condemning the escalation of violence on the contact line. Putin, Trump and Macron have called for an immediate ceasefire.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Further clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27, with intense battles raging in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The region experienced outbreaks of violence in the summer of 2014, April 2016 and last July. Azerbaijan and Armenia imposed martial law and launched mobilization efforts. Both parties to the conflict have reported casualties, including civilians.

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that was part of Azerbaijan before the breakup of the Soviet Union but mainly populated by ethnic Armenians, erupted in February 1988 after the Nagorno-autonomous region Karabakh has announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijani Soviet. Socialist republic. In 1992-1994, tensions escalated and exploded into full-scale military action for control of the enclave and seven adjacent territories after Azerbaijan lost control. Nagorno-Karabakh settlement talks have been underway since 1992 under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group, led by its three co-chairs – Russia, France and the United States.

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