2 Dec 2019 16:15

Armenia seeking lowering of tension in Karabakh, peaceful conflict settlement - FM

YEREVAN. Dec 2 (Interfax) - Armenia is prepared for a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and believes the level of tension in the region should be lowered, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said on Monday.

"We attach importance to mechanisms aimed at lowering the tension escalation risks. We are committed to a peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict, and we have shown our seriousness and willingness to work efficiently over the past year and a half," Mnatsakanyan said at a joint news briefing with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Yerevan.

The common set of issues on the negotiating table between Armenia and Azerbaijan includes those immediately concerning the settlement of the conflict and the atmosphere in which this process should proceed, he said.

"You are aware of our position. Formulated in one sentence, our priorities are the security and status of Karabakh," Mnatsakanyan said.

As reported earlier, Mnatsakanyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov are to meet in Bratislava on December 4 to address a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process. The meeting will be arranged on the sidelines of the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council via the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said earlier on Monday.