OSCE Minsk Group working to arrange meeting between Azerbaijani, Armenian presidents

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The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for Nagorno-Karabakh are working on the organization of a meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, Interfax reported.

"The negotiating process should be continued at the top level. To make
the two presidents meet, they should be offered a substantive agenda.
This is what we are working on now," OSCE Co-Chair for Russia Igor Popov
told journalists in Yerevan.

Popov said his meetings with the Armenian leaders will focus on issues
related to the fundamental principles of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict.

"A number of issues were discussed in Paris [at a meeting between the
Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers]. Not all issues have been settled. We'll work on the rest," Popov said.

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs met with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku yesterday.

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will leave for Yerevan with a number of proposals, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists yesterday.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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