Serbian FM: Next year turning point in Azerbaijan-Serbia ties
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 1 / Trend S.Agayeva /
Serbia sees Azerbaijan as an exclusive partner, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said at a news conference following his meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
"The two countries' positions are the same on many critical issues," Jeremic said.
He said Azerbaijan-Serbia relations are excellent.
Serbia's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unambiguous and is not subject to review, Jeremic said emphasizing that Serbia supports the peaceful settlement of the conflict based on
international norms and principles.
He said 2011-2012 will be the turning point in terms of Azerbaijan-Serbia economic cooperation.
"The Serbian government plans to invest significantly in energy, infrastructure and banking in Azerbaijan," Jeremic said.
In turn, Mamedyarov said Baku is fully prepared to develop relations with Serbia and to discuss new cooperation projects.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the 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.