Yuri Merzlyakov: The co-chairs will meet with Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers in New York – EXCLUSIVE

Yuri Merzlyakov: The co-chairs will meet with Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers in New York – <font color=red>EXCLUSIVE </font>
# 16 September 2009 15:19 (UTC +04:00)
Merzlyakov said he did not know the new American co-chair Robert Bradtke and would acquaint with him in New York. Russian diplomat said Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian would discuss the planned meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan in Chisinau. The co-chair said the presidents principally agreed to meet, but the final agreement had not been reached yet. According to the diplomat, if agreement is reached, the meetings will take place on October 10. Yuri Merzlyakov mentioned the political situation in Moldova and said he could not say whether the meeting would take place or not.

“The protocols on the normalization of Turkey-Armenia relations will possibly be signed on October 13 – after the Chisinau meeting. Asked whether decision on releasing Azerbaijani territories might be passed in Chisinau the Russian co-chair said: “As far as I know there is nothing about Nagorno Karabakh in the text of the protocols.”

Yuri Merzlyakov said he would leave the post of co-chair by the end of the year and did not know who would succeed him. As regards the reports that Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigori Karasin would be appointed to the post, Merzlyakov said those reports had been refuted.

“I was appointed to this post seven years ago,” Yuri Merzlyakov said.

Elmar Mammadyarov will be in New York on September 21-27.
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