RFE/RL Armenian Report – 09/25/2021

                                        Saturday, 


Armenian, Azeri FMs Meet In New York


U.S. - Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev speaks remotely at the 76th session 
of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, 
U.S., September 23, 2021.


The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in New York late on Friday 
for talks hosted by the U.S., Russian and French diplomats co-chairing the OSCE 
Minsk Group.

It was the first face-to-face meeting of the top diplomats of the two warring 
states since a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement that stopped the 
Armenian-Azerbaijani war in Nagorno-Karabakh last November.

The three mediators described it as a “sign of the resolve of the two countries 
to reengage in the peace process through direct dialogue.” They also held 
separate meetings with Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and his Azerbaijani 
counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on the sidelines of a session of the UN General 
Assembly.

“The Co-Chairs and Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of outstanding 
unresolved issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” they said in a joint 
statement.” “The Co-Chairs proposed specific focused measures to deescalate the 
situation and possible next steps.”

“The Co-Chairs reaffirm their commitment to continue working with the sides to 
find comprehensive solutions to all remaining issues related to or resulting 
from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with their mandate,” added the 
statement.

It did not report any concrete understandings reached by Mirzoyan and Bayramov 
or say whether the co-chairs plan to visit the Karabakh conflict zone soon.

According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Mirzoyan reaffirmed Armenia’s 
readiness to “resume the Karabakh settlement process” that has long been 
mediated by the United States, Russia and France.

The talks came the day after Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s again claimed, 
in an address to the UN General Assembly, that Azerbaijan ended the 
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with its victory in the six-week war.

A senior Armenia official insisted afterwards that “the conflict remains 
unresolved” because there is still no agreement on Karabakh’s status, the main 
bone of contention. The U.S. ambassador to Armenia, Lynne Tracy, has repeatedly 
made similar statements in recent weeks.

While in New York, both Mirzoyan and Bayramov held talks with Victoria Nuland, 
the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs. Nuland tweeted on Friday 
that shed discussed with the Armenian foreign minister the “goal of peaceful 
settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”


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