YEREVAN—President Serzh Sarkisian will leave for Austria on Monday for a working visit, the President’s press office reported.
President Sarkisian is expected to meet with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Vienna on November 19.
In the framework of his visit, President Sarkisian will also meet with the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer.
The US has reiterated its support for the work of the mediating OSCE Co-Chairs and the Chairmanship’s Personal Representative, and appreciates their continued engagement with the two sides.
“It is crucial that we all intensify our efforts within the peace process, despite tensions and incidents in the region and the resulting strain on trust among the sides. There is no alternative to a peaceful, negotiated settlement to the Karabakh conflict,” Head of the Unites States Mission to the OSCE, Ambassador Daniel B. Baer, said at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.
“We welcome confirmation that Presidents Aliyev and Sarkisian intend to meet and discuss the next steps in the settlement process, as stated in a press release of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs on November 5. It is time to turn words into action. A meeting between the two presidents can bring new impetus to the settlement process,” he said.
“As a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains deeply committed – as Ambassador Warlick has underscored this morning – to working with the sides to find a lasting and peaceful resolution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Ambassador Baer said.