Azerbaijan will continue efforts to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with substantive negotiations jointly with the co-chairs, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Elmar Mammadyarov. The FM made the remarks during a meeting with Stephan Visconti, OSCE Minsk Group co-chair from France, in Baku Dec. 12.
Possibility of holding a 3+2 format meeting – three OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, plus Azerbaijani and Armenian FMs – on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Hamburg was discussed but there is still no final agreement, said the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova during a briefing Dec. 7. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has earlier said that Yerevan had not yet responded to the France’s proposal to hold the 3+2 format meeting in Hamburg. Mammadyarov noted that Baku supports France’s proposal to hold the 3+2 format meeting on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Hamburg.
The Foreign Ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries will take part in a “3+2” format meeting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which will be held in the framework of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 9, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Mammadyarov made the remarks at a joint press conference with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Baku Nov. 29. He recalled that Azerbaijan had accepted the proposal of France for a meeting of Foreign Ministers in the format of “3 + 2” on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 9. “I don’t think the replacement of the co-chairs is going to change something. The new French co-chair (Stéphane Visconti) is an experienced diplomat who is familiar with the region,” he said commenting on the replacement of the US and French co-chairs of the Minsk Group.