On 2 October President of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic Bako Sahakyan met co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group Robert Bradtke (USA), Yuri Merzlyakov (Russian Federation) and Bernard Fassier (France) and accompanying them officials who arrived in Artsakh on the same day.
At the beginning Bako Sahakyan congratulated Robert Bradtke on his appointment as a co-chairman and wished him efficient work.
A wide range of issues related to the settlement of the Azerbaijani-Karabagh conflict and regional processes were discussed at the meeting.
The Head of the State once again underlined the necessity of restoring the full-fledged negotiation format stating that it would be impossible to reach the final settlement of the conflict without full participation of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic.
Bako Sahakyan underlined that for the comprehensive settlement of the conflict it is necessary look ahead instead of being guided by the past. According to the President any attempt to pull back Nagorno Karabagh to the conditions of 1988 both in the terms of status and administrative-territorial division are pregnant with unpredictable consequences and will bring the process to impasse.
The president draw the attention of the co-chairs to the need of activating efforts aimed at strengthening mutual confidence between the societies, since for the resolution of the conflict the readiness of the parties to settle disputable issues through sincere dialogue is a necessary condition. Artificial acceleration in this case is inadmissible. Bako Sahakyan underlined that militant and policy of Azerbaijan is among the most important obstacles of the peace process.
Touching upon the Armenian-Turkish relations, the President noted that this process does not have any relations to the settlement of the Azerbaijani-Karabagh conflict and welcomed the joint statement by the Minsk group co-chairs concerning this very issue made the day before.
Issues related to the situation along the line contact were also discussed at the meeting.
NKR foreign minister Georgy Petrosyan and personal representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office Andrzej Kasprzyk were present at the talks.