The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen Yury Merzlyakov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France) and Matthew Bryza (USA) issued a statement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
The statement notes that the meeting of Presidents Serge Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev in Zurich on January 28th resulted from the Co-Chairs visit to Yerevan and Baku and their meeting with Armenian and Azerbaijani Ministers of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mamedyarov. During the meeting the Co-Chairmen were informed by the Presidents on the basic principles of the conflict resolution.
According to the statement: “The Co-Chairs advised the both Presidents on how to complete main principles of peaceful Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution on the basis of recommendations presented during the summit of OSCE Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Madrid in November 2007.”
The Co-Chairs are ready to assist the Foreign Affairs Ministers to resolve the most urgent disagreements on the basic principles. They also believe that the Parties will soon be able to overcome the remaining disagreements to conclude peace treaty that is much better than status-quo for all the Parties to the conflict.
“Their mission is to reach balanced and fair agreement on the principles of territorial integrity, the right of self determination and non-use of force stipulated within the Helsinki Final Act” – said in the statement.