Yerevan, Apr 13 (IECurrentAffairs) Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on Saturday met with his counterpart from non-recognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Masis Mayilyan, in the run-up to the talks with Azerbaijani top diplomat Elmar Mammadyarov in Moscow, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the holding on April 15 in Moscow of a trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.
“Mnatsakanyan and Mayilyan discussed a wide range of issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the run-up to the meeting in Moscow on April 15. The parties referred to the meetings of the Armenian prime minister and the Azerbaijani president, co-chairs and foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Vienna,” the statement said.
Nagorno-Karabakh, a landlocked region in Azerbaijan with a predominantly Armenian population, proclaimed independence in 1991, which was followed by a bloody three-year war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The tension in the area continues, resulting in occasional violence. The latest escalation of tensions in the region happened in April 2016.
Some of the efforts to reach a peaceful solution for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict include the creation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by Russia, the United States and France, in 1992. Additionally, late March 2019, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev held his first official meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Vienna to discuss the situation in the disputed region. Both sides commended the talks.