French President Emmanuelle Macron offered Armenia and Azerbaijan a new method of restarting negotiations on Karabakh conflict settlement in the format of OSCE Minsk Group (MG), Reuters reported the night before, October 2.
According to him, the work will start on Friday evening as he stepped up his mediation efforts as the head of one of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries.
The French leader, however, reiterated his call for a ceasefire in the Karabakh conflict zone.
Earlier it became known about Makron’s telephone conversations with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
As TOP NEWS reports, on the initiative of the Armenian side Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on October 2. “Discussions continued on the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Both sides expressed serious concern with regard to incoming information about the involvement of illegal armed groups from the Middle East into military operations,” the report reads. Vladimir Putin once again emphasized the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities and resumption of political and diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict – in line with the Statement of the Presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries (Russia, USA, France) of October 1, 2020. The Presidents of Russia, USA, and France, as the heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, within the framework of which the Karabakh conflict settlement process was carried out, made a joint statement on October 1.
Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Emmanuelle Macron condemn in the strongest possible terms the escalation of violence taking place on the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone, the document says. “We mourn the deaths and express our condolences to the families of the killed and wounded. We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between the armed forces of the parties involved. We also call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately commit themselves in good faith and without preconditions to resume negotiations on the substance of the settlement with the assistance of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” the statement said.
It should be recalled that on September 27, Azerbaijan began intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, stepping on the offensive along the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone. The operations, called “counteroffensive” in Baku, are conducted in the northern, eastern, and southeastern parts of the front. Martial law and general mobilization have been declared in Armenia. Azerbaijan has also announced martial law and partial mobilization on its territory.