OSCE MG Expects Approval of Base Principles on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Settlement by Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 17 January 2008 19:50 (UTC +04:00)

The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group expect the base principles of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement to be approved by the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President, Robert Kocharyan, Novosti Armenia reports.

"We expect possible approval of the base principles by the heads of the two countries, which will contain orders to the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia to begin work on the text of the future agreement, obviously with our participation," said Yuri Merzlyakov, the Russian Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, on 17 January in Yerevan.

He stated that at present, no official act is expected to be signed at this stage. "When the base principles will be coordinated finally, work will be initiated to devise the text of intermediate or temporary, but a peaceful closing agreement," he said.

In addition, the Russian mediator said that devising the closing document will take quite a long time because it will contain more details than the base principles.