MOSCOW (ArmRadio)–The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group have been tasked with preparing a statement for the OSCE summit in Astana that could be signed by both Baku and Yerevan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Voice of Russia, voicing hope that the Co-Chairs would succeed.
“We work in close contact with the Americans and the French as co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. Ahead of the Astana summit, they met with the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan. They are tasked with preparing a declaration in time for the Astana summit, which Baku, Yerevan and the co-chairs can sign,” said Lavrov. “We hope this will be possible.”
“Russia is facilitating the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as one of the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as in its national capacity, given our good neighborly relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Lavrov said, adding that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “is personally involved in this issue.”
The Russian president has already held eight meetings with his Azeri and Armenian counterparts. According to Lavrov, those meetings saw “serious attempts to get to the bottom of still existing divergences, and get past differences of position.”
According to Lavrov, Medvedev will seek to “develop the first collective all-encompassing document” on the Karabakh conflict, which “will set the main guidelines for working out a legally binding final peace agreement.”
“Agreement has been reached on the vast majority of principles that could lay the foundation for the resolution. However, there are still some serious problems,” Lavrov said.