Paris, October 27, 2014
The President had a meeting today with Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia, and Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, for a summit devoted to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The three French, American and Russian Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office were involved in the meetings.
This summit followed the visit the French President paid to the South Caucasus from 11 to 13 May 2014. During the visit, the President reaffirmed France’s commitment, in its capacity as co-chair of the Minsk Group, to continuing the mediation under way to find a peaceful solution to this conflict, 20 years after the ceasefire came into force.
Against the background of an increased number of armed incidents in Nagorno-Karabakh this summer which killed many people, including civilians, the Paris summit enabled the resumption of direct dialogue between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents. The French President signalled the need for a genuine decrease in tension between the two parties on the ground.
Under the aegis of the ICRC, the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents decided to exchange data about those people missing in the conflict.
François Hollande encouraged the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents to step up their efforts with a view to a negotiated, lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with due regard for the principles of international law and on the basis of the principles identified by the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group. He stressed that the status quo was not tenable.
He called on the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents to demonstrate the necessary political will to overcome their disagreements and prepare their people for peace. In order to take matters forward, he proposed making a start on the drafting of a comprehensive peace agreement.
The Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents agreed to continue their dialogue, in particular at another meeting in September 2015 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Over dinner, the French President and his guests more broadly discussed the development of the Caucasus region and its relations with France./.