Russian FM: Moscow ready to further assist in negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 3 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
Azerbaijan and Russia seek to find solutions to many problems and have repeatedly proved the proximity of positions not only in bilateral format, but also in the international arena, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference in Baku on Tuesday.
"My current visit to Baku is a good opportunity to assess the practical development of cooperation," Lavrov said.
He said a Humanitarian Forum project, which is being successfully implemented, has been launched under the patronage of the two countries' presidents.
Regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Lavrov noted Russia is interested in resolving it and in this matter it acts based on the interests of the people living in the region.
"We all want to accelerate the process of conflict resolution, and we will make additional efforts in order not to delay this process," the Minister said.
Lavrov said Moscow is ready to further assist in the negotiations with the consent of Baku.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said the UN resolutions on the withdrawal of Armenian forces from occupied Azerbaijani territories have no statute of limitations.
"We believe that they should be fulfilled," Mammadyarov said.
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.