YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—“New ideas” on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were presented last week by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, said the US co-chairman, Robert Bradtke in an interview with BBC.
“Last week we familiarized Baku and Yerevan with these [new] ideas,” he said. “After that, we will once again visit the region in late September or early October.”
He also announced that the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet next week in the US to continue talks started last week during the co-chair’s visit to the region.
“The co-chairs also will arrive in Washington for consultations,” he said. “Talks will be held with U.S. officials. We will then leave for New York to meet with the parties.”
Bradtke also expressed his expectations regarding progress in the conflict resolution process during the OSCE summit scheduled for December in Astana.
“I think the summit will be an important event,” he said. “The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will sit at one table together with presidents from Europe and North America. Undoubtedly, the differences in positions of the sides directly involved in the conflict will come into focus. They will have to inform the world on their plans in the process.”
Bradtke added that “certain progress may be achieved” in New York.
“During our last visit to the region, we informed the sides about the possibility of reaching an agreements on certain issues,” he said. “We will discuss these issues once again in New York. We expect constructive steps from the sides in terms of advancing the peace process at this stage.”