Working visit of President Serzh Sargsyan to Switzerland
On December 19, in the capital of the Swiss Confederation Bern the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev conducted negotiations aimed at the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh issue. The negotiations were mediated by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The meeting, which took place at the Landgut “Lohn” reception hall of the Swiss government, started with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mamedyarov, Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov (Russia), James Warlick (USA), Pierre Andrieu (France) and the Personal Representative of the OCSE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasperzuk and later was followed by the tête-a-tête meeting of the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
During the negotiations discussed were steps aimed at reducing tension in the conflict area and possibilities to move forward with the resolution of the issue. At the conclusion of the negotiations, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian responded to the questions of the representatives of the Armenian mass media and commented on the results of the meeting.
In Bern, President Sargsyan met also with the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter.