Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia Meet in Strasbourg
France, Strasbourg, 6 May / corr. Trend A. Maharramli/ The foreign minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, met with Edward Nalbandyan, the Armenian foreign minister, in Strasbourg on 6 May along with the co-chairs of OSCE Minsk group. Both the foreign ministers answered the questions of journalists after the meeting that took place in the Permanent Representation of France, under the Council of Europe.
"The meeting was of evaluation character. We as ministers are representing the positions of our countries. First of all, I should mention that there are opportunities, wish and will to find a way out the conflict. We are neighboring countries and we can not avoid it. These meetings should be continued and we should find ways out of the problem," said Mammadyarov while answering the questions of the journalists.
Mammadyarov also said that the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents, within the framework of the Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg in June, is under discussions at present. "There are several options concerning the meeting of the two Presidents. This issue was also discussed in today's meeting. The Presidents will decide it themselves. Their decision may depend upon the report that we will submit to the Presidents. The next meeting of the foreign ministers and that of the presidents depend on their reaction to the consultations that we held on 6 May. The meeting between the foreign ministers will take place if the Presidents believe it to be important," he added.
On his part, the Armenian foreign minister said that he was appointed foreign minister very recently. Nalbandyan added that during the meeting the ministers reached to an agreement to continue the talks. "We will be able to find a way out of conflict that our countries are involved," minister said.
The Russian chairman of OSCE Minsk group Yuri Merzlyakov stated that he is satisfied with the meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers.
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