During a joint video conference with international mediators, Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s top diplomats pledged to continue their efforts to find ways to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict amid the coronavirus crisis.

Iran PressAsia: “Considering the great challenges now confronting all populations without regard to political boundaries … the Foreign Ministers and the Co-Chairs [of the OSCE Minsk Group] expressed the hope that the resolve seen in the global pandemic response will bring a creative and constructive impetus to the peace process,” read a joint statement issued by them, according to Azatutyun.

“The Foreign Ministers and Co-Chairs agreed to remain in close contact and to continue negotiations in person as soon as possible,” it said.

The statement said that the worldwide spread of the virus has delayed not only such talks but also confidence-building “humanitarian measures” previously agreed by the conflicting parties. “Nevertheless, the necessary work to prepare these activities continues,” it stressed.

During the discussion, the U.S., Russian and French mediators co-heading the Minsk Group also renewed their calls for the parties to “strictly” observe the ceasefire in the conflict zone and “avoid provocative actions in the current environment,” according to the statement.


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