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Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Geneva.

A Eurasianet partner post from Institute of Armenian Studies at USC Dornsife

With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations were set to resume a full month after Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev held talks in Geneva, Switzerland, described as “constructive” by the mediators. While both presidents have made clear that they disagree on the key matter of Karabakh’s status, both agreed that it was necessary to reduce frontline tensions for a new round of talks.
 
Preliminary ground work is being prepared. Sargsyan met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on November 15. Putin had already met with Aliyev two weeks earlier. Also this week, Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers met with American, French and Russian co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, whereas Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced plans to visit Baku and Yerevan on November 19-20. A meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers was expected to take place in the near future, presumably followed by another presidential summit.
 

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A Eurasianet partner post from Institute of Armenian Studies at USC Dornsife

Karabakh: What to Make of the Fresh Diplomatic Round?

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