OSCE Chairman-in-Office Miroslav Lajčák has reaffirmed full support to finding a peaceful solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, as well as to the efforts of the OSC Minsk Group Co-Chairs and Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.
He welcomed the decreasing violence along the line of contact.
“We are realistic about the challenges and there are plenty. But at the same time we believe we have good reasons to be positive about the process and about what we have seen over a couple of months," the OSCE Chairman-in-Office said at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.
He stressed the importance on focusing on preparing the populations for peace, and highlighted the engagement in implementing confidence-building and risk reduction measures.
Mr. Lajčák hailed the recent contacts between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the meetings between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, which, he said, have delivered concrete results. In particular, he pointed to the decrease in the number of ceasefire violation.
“The Slovak Chairmanship is committed to supporting a negotiated peaceful and sustainable resolution of the conflict and as a critical precondition to any positive development is the ceasefire that helps to ensure stability," Miroslav Lajčák said.
Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan noted, in turn, that Armenia is commitment to continue to work within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship.
“We absolutely support the Minsk Group co-chairmanship as a format in which the work is taking place. We are moving toward a new phase of meetings and negotiations in a constructive mood,” he said.
The Foreign Minister refrained from naming a concrete date for the meeting. He said work is still in progress and the date and place still need to be agreed with the co-chairs.