French envoy: Resumption of Karabakh talks a priority for OSCE mediators

May 4, 2021 – 13:15 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The resumption of negotiations for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno- conflict is a priority task for the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, as stated in their April 13 statement, French Ambassador to Jonathan Lacôte has said, Armenpress reports.

Lacôte noted that the French and Russian Presidents have agreed to resume efforts within the Minsk Group for achieving a sustainable settlement of the situation in Karabakh. He said “concrete initiatives” will be launched in this direction in the nearest future.

“The President of the Republic held a phone talk on April 26, with Russian President Vladimir Putin. For the current situation in the Caucasus, President Macron highlighted the necessity of recording concrete progress on matters relating to captives, humanitarian situation and heritage preservation. The two Presidents agreed to resume the efforts within the Minsk Group for achieving a sustainable settlement of the situation”, the Ambassador said.

Lacôte said earlier that France is involved in the issue of the return of the Armenian prisoners of war from Azerbaijan at the level of President Emmanuel Macron

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