The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Igor Popov from the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti from France and Andrew Schofer from the USA) today held intensive consultations in Paris along with Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
The Co-Chairs discussed the situation in the region and particularly focused on the new developments following the escalation of violence on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border in mid-July. The Co-Chairs closely studied and assessed the personal and public messages and concerns of the sides. Andrzej Kasprzyk informed the Co-Chairs about the situation in the security sector, and they welcomed his concrete preparations for restart of monitoring.
The Co-Chairs held personal talks with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and Azerbaijan Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Jeyhun Bayramov and invited the ministers to meet with the Co-Chairs in person individually over the next few weeks to further specify their positions in order to resume serious and substantive talks without preconditions.
The Co-Chairs continue to actively and fully participate in the support to the talks over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to their mandates in the OSCE.