VIENNA, 23 October 2009 - The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Yury Merzlyakov of Russia, Bernard Fassier of France, and Robert Bradtke of the United States, released the following statement today:
"The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov, the Russian Federation; Ambassador Bernard Fassier, France; Ambassador Robert Bradtke, United States) attended a "Retreat on OSCE Mediation Activities" hosted October 22-23 by the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center in Vienna, Austria. After the retreat, the Co-Chairs provided a quarterly briefing to the OSCE Minsk Group.
On the margins of the retreat, each Ambassador individually participated in different bilateral meetings with a variety of interlocutors, including, among others, Greek Ambassador Marinaki, representing the OSCE Chairman-in-Office; OSCE Secretary General Perrin de Brichambaut; Armenian Ambassador Hovakimian; Azerbaijani Ambassador Ismayilov; Kazakh Ambassador Abdrakhmanov; Swedish Ambassador Bard-Bringeus, representing the EU presidency; and Turkish Deputy Undersecretary Cevikoz.
The Co-Chairs will also travel to Luxembourg October 25-27 to meet Armenian Foreign Minister Nalbandian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Mammadyarov. They will address plans for their next trip to Baku and Yerevan in November and preparation for discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement at the OSCE Ministerial Council in December 2009."