Co-Chairs’ latest articulation of the Basic Principles

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Ambassador Bernard Fassier of France, Ambassador Robert Bradtke of the United States and Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov of the Russian Federation (OSCE/Susanna Lööf)

OSCE Minsk group co-chairs have issued a statement today, sharing details of their latest regional visit within the frameworks of the Karabakh peaceful negotiation process.

They have, in fact, shared only one detail to be more exact, using 3 large blocks of text to describe it:  Co-Chairs (Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov, the Russian Federation; Ambassador Bernard Fassier, France; Ambassador Robert Bradtke, United States) have delivered to Armenian President Serzh Sargsian an updated version of the Madrid Document of November 2007, containing the Co-Chairs’ latest articulation of the Basic Principles on January 20-th.

The Co-Chairs had delivered the above-mentioned “latest articulation” to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during their visit to Baku in December 2009.

I’m just dying to see what’s in those ‘articulations’, and is there anything in there to back Ilham Aliyev’s claims of international support to Karabakh’s return under Azerbaijani rule? Maybe he knew something, that Serzh Sargsian only learned on January 20th?

Meanwhile, the negotiation process continues. According to the statement, “The Co-Chairs traveled to Astana, Kazakhstan for consultations with the Government of Kazakhstan, upon its ascension to the Chairmanship of the OSCE. Following their consultations in Astana, they will continue on to Sochi, Russia, where Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host the next meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia.”

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