In separate telephone conversations with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the French Foreign Minister told both his counterparts that France, as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, is ready to make efforts to support the negotiation process between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
According to the French Foreign Ministry, in talks with Ararat Mirzoyan և Ceyhun Bayramov, Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed the readiness of stability, peace in the South Caucasus and the readiness of Paris for consultations with the countries of the region. Le Drian expressed his concern over the recent tensions on the ground and called for all possible measures to be taken to reduce them.
The official Yerjan’s message on the telephone conversation mentioned that Ararat Mirzoyan and Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed issues related to the launch of negotiations between the UN Charter, the International Political-Civil Covenant, the Helsinki Final Act and the Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Treaty. the role of co-chair. Yerjan announced earlier this week that he had applied to the Minsk Group co-chairs for peace talks. However, there is no official public response from the Minsk Group yet.
In its turn, official Baku stressed that the foreign ministers discussed the five principles presented by Azerbaijan for the signing of a peace treaty.
To date, Azerbaijan has not responded to Armenia’s proposal to hold peace talks on the basis of the Minsk Group. Instead, he declassified his 5 proposals: to recognize each other’s territorial integrity, to renounce territorial claims to each other, to carry out demarcation, to establish diplomatic relations, to open communications. And if Yerjan talks about peace talks within the framework of the Minsk Group, Baku expresses such readiness if it accepts its five proposals.
According to the French side, Le Drian emphasized the importance of contacts between the parties in the issue of repairing the gas pipeline entering Artsakh. The French Foreign Minister welcomed the recent visit of the Armenian Foreign Minister to Turkey to “encourage the continuation of discussions to normalize relations between the two countries.”
The situation in Ukraine was discussed during both telephone conversations.