Tripartite presidential talks on Nagorno-Karabakh “positive” – Lavrov

MOSCOW, June 20 (KUNA) — The leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have expressed their commitment to the normalization of the situation along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
In a statement relayed by the Russian News Agency TASS, Lavrov added that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and counterparts from Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenia’s Serzh Sargsyan also outlined concrete measures to step up the negotiating process.
The statement followed summit talks for the three presidents in St. Petersburg today.
The talks were frank and constructive, showing that the negotiating process could be given dynamicity, the minister said.
According to Lavrov, representatives from the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) attended the concluding part of the summit.
The group, formed in 1994, includes Russia, the US, France and the OSCE.
For his part, Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov was quoted by TASS as saying that “The meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere. The Azerbaijani side positively assesses its results.” Moscow has been trying hard to contain the military escalation that erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia in April, not only killing may military personnel from both sides, but threatening an overall war in the Caucasus as well. (end) as.msa