Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers meet in New York

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in New York on Friday (24 September) at a meeting facilitated by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries (France, Russia and the United States).

Later the Co-Chairs posted a statement on the OSCE website confirming that had met separately in New York with the Azerbaijani foreign minister, Jeyhun Bayramov, and the Armenian foreign minister, Ararat Mirzoyan, and had also hosted both foreign ministers at a joint meeting.

The statement added that the Co-Chairs and foreign ministers discussed a wide range of outstanding unresolved issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Co-Chairs proposed specific focused measures to de-escalate the situation and possible next steps.

In a terse statement, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry early on Saturday morning confirmed the meeting, saying that "the sides exchanged views on advancing the process of normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, taking into account the new realities in the region. Azerbaijan's known position on the post-conflict situation was brought to the attention of the other side."

There has as yet been no statement from the Armenian side.


photo: UN Headquarters, New York