Paris Talks Over: Parties to Karabagh Conflict Agree to Continue ‘High-Level Negotiations’



PARIS (ArmeniaNow) — The talks on the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict settlement here concluded late on Monday with a tripartite meeting of French President Francois Hollande and his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Serge Sargisian and Ilham Aliyev, at the Elysee Palace.

Before that Sargisian and Aliyev held one-on-one talks followed by negotiations in the presence of international mediators representing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by the United States, Russia and France.

Summarizing the results of the talks, a statement issued by the Armenian president’s press office said that the participants of the meeting “placed importance on the continuation of dialogue within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group and efforts to strengthen confidence” in order to achieve progress in the peace talks.

“The absence of an alternative to a peaceful settlement of the conflict was emphasized. Agreement was reached between the parties to continue negotiations at the high level,” it added.

The Sargisian-Aliyev meeting in Paris was the third such meeting of the two leaders in less than three months.

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In August, in the wake of a major outbreak of violence in the Karabagh conflict zone and at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the two leaders met in Sochi, Russia, at a meeting hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A month later, Sargisian and Aliyev met on the margins of a NATO summit in Wales, UK, and that meeting was organized by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.


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