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Lavrov: ‘Menu’ on Karabakh conflict settlement on negotiating table


The ‘menu’ on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is on the negotiating table, Russian Foreign Minister said on Monday.

 

“All steps towards the resolution of the conflict have been discussed multiple times and have appeared in OSCE documents and statements of the co-chairs. The ‘menu’ is on the negotiating table,” Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku, APA reports.  

 

He said that the documents on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement have been compiled as a package.

 

"It is impossible to exclude this element or another. The opposite party may think that the balance shifts. Diplomacy will find an option acceptable for both sides,” Lavrov noted.

 

Asked about the possibility of increasing the number of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Russia’s top diplomat said it was the first time he had heard such a question.

 

"There is an agreed format for resolving the conflict. The three co-chairs do not work in isolation. The Minsk Group also has sides interested in the settlement process. You’re the first person I’ve seen asking about increasing the number of co-chairs of the Minsk Group. A new proposal may lead to the intentional or unintentional breach of the process,” added Lavrov.

 

 

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