Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 January / Trend corr. S.Agayev / The OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs hope to reach a progress in settling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Baku, Yerevan and Khankandi are prepared to work in this direction, Yuri Merzlakov, the Russian Co-chair stated.
"The 2008 may be a decisive year, as both the countries will elect their Presidents in 2008. The new elected President will try to tackle the most serious problems initially," Bernard Fassier, the French Co-chair stated.
"We hope that the Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents will use all of their chances, and reach to a certain progress in settling of the conflict," Fassier said.
The key basis principles, proposed by the Co-chairs, have already been agreed, Merzlakov said. "Our approach is formed on three principles: territorial integrity, self-definition and the refusal of force and violence.