“Both sides have recognized that the basis for the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is 3 principles and 6 elements,” The US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told this in his interview to Armenian agency, Mediamax. SIA informs.
"We spoke with President Ilham Aliyev yesterday and he said he would welcome the opportunity to meet with President Sargsyan. But even with the best of meetings, sixty, ninety minutes two hours between the presidents are not enough. You can’t expect a difficult conflict, which has been all consuming for both countries for more than two decades, to be resolved by occasional meetings between the two presidents, even if they go perfectly. What we want to see is a real negotiation process take place, an intensification. It’s not just up to the presidents to resolve. Let’s bring the sides together to have a conversation and we can start with easier issues. Maybe we don’t start with status, corridor and all of these difficult questions that have to be resolved at the very highest level. But there are going to be a lot of other issues. It could be telecommunications, infrastructure and other issues instead,” added theUS diplomat.
According to Warlick, it is possible to have high-level meeting in nearest future. “The Azerbaijani President is ready for that meeting. But we don’t have a meeting for the sake of a meeting and I think that both presidents would say that. We have to prepare for it. I think it is the job of the co-chairs to try to frame the issues in a way they can talk about it. What is remarkable here is that the sides actually are very close. Both sides have recognized that the basis for the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is 3 principles and 6 elements. Of course there are details that we need to work through, but that is what we want to do. So there’s really no contradiction.
The US co-chair also stressed that if we are to be successful in a lasting settlement we need to have a basis of trust and confidence between people of the two countries. We hope that Armenian athletes will be able to participate in Baku-2015 First European Games. We believe that such people-to-people events would be helpful in the future.