Lavrov: OSCE to continue active contribution to Karabakh conflict settlement

Lavrov: OSCE to continue active contribution to Karabakh conflict settlement

The OSCE will continue joint work to contribute to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference with his Italian counterpart, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Angelino Alfano in Moscow.

The diplomat recalled that after the events on the contact line in April 2016, a meeting was held between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Vienna with the participation of foreign ministers of the OSCE co-chairing countries, as well as a trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia with the participation of the co-chairs in St. Petersburg in June 2016. 

"During that meeting, an agreement was reached to build confidence, add a few people - 6-7 - as additional OSCE observers on the line of contact. In my opinion, presently, the sides are close to coordinate specific parameters for the implementation of this agreement. We hope that the OSCE will be able to implement it rapidly," he said.

According to him, any processes for resolving any conflicts must include parallel movement, synchronized comprehensive movement that would also include steps to strengthen security, steps for the political settlement.

Lavrov expressed hope that the agreements between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers, which were actively supported by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will be implemented.

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