Foreign Ministers Elmar Mamedyarov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan were in Geneva, Switzerland to meet with diplomats from France, Poland, Russia and the United States to discuss the state of the Karabakh conflict and ways to move the diplomacy forward. Their discussions went on for most of January 29 and 30.
The two ministers have kept a healthy pace of meetings throughout last year, coming together on average every couple of months. The year 2019 also saw an unprecedented calm on the Line of Contact that has largely continued at the start of 2020.
Last year, the parties also agreed on a limited exchange of media representatives implemented in November. It is expected that further such exchanges might take place this year.
In previous years, the focus of ministerial meetings has been on preparation of leadership-level talks. Prior to going to Geneva, Mnatsakanyan said that a date for a new summit has yet to be agreed.
UPDATE: According to a joint statement made available by the Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan the talks focused on “implementation of agreements and proposals discussed in 2019 and possible next steps to prepare the populations for peace; principles and elements forming the basis of a future settlement. The participants also discussed the timing and agenda for advancing the settlement process.”
The statement also committed the parties to confidentiality of the talks.