Azerbaijan, Armenia see peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan have reiterated that there can be no military solution to the conflict, and insisted on the importance of respecting the 1994 and 1995 ceasefire agreements.
This is stipulated in a joint statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State of the United States of America John Kerry, and State Secretary for European Affairs of France Harlem Desir, representing the co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, made after a meeting with Aliyev and Sargsyan in Vienna on May 16, 2016.
The presidents also reiterated their commitment to the ceasefire and the peaceful settlement of the conflict. To reduce the risk of further violence, they agreed to finalize in the shortest possible time an OSCE investigative mechanism.
Read alsoAzerbaijan, Armenia agree on ceasefire to recover bodiesThe two presidents also agreed to the expansion of the existing Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Office. Finally, they agreed to continue the exchange of data on missing persons under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to which the Presidents committed during the Paris summit of October 2014.
Aliyev and Sargsyan agreed on a next round of talks, to be held in June at a place to be mutually agreed, with an aim to resuming negotiations on a comprehensive settlement.