BERN, Switzerland (RFE/RL) — The Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents, Serge Sargisian and Ilham Aliyev, met in Bern in a bid to settle their longstanding conflict over Nagorno-Karabagh.
The December 19 meeting in the Swiss capital came amid heightened tensions as clashes erupt regularly along the border shared by the two states.
The Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents last met in Paris in October 2014.
The latest talks, which were held under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group, appeared to have made little headway.
“During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on different aspects of the conflict resolution,” Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian said after the talks. “Unfortunately, the two sides’ attitudes don’t coincide.”
But Nalbandian, who along with his Azerbaijani counterpart joined the talks after the presidents’ one-on-one meeting, said it was “extremely important that talks continue as dialogue has no alternative.”