Presidents Meeting Can Come to Agenda at Discussions of Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 25 September 2008 13:13 (UTC +04:00)
Presidents Meeting Can Come to Agenda at Discussions of Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers

Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 September / Trend I. Alizade/ Official Baku believes that negotiations on peaceable settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will last more intensively after the presidential elections in Azerbaijan.

їNegotiations on the conflict settlement should be proceeded after the presidential elections and the problem must be settled. Unsettlement of the conflict is dangerous,ї Novruz Mammadov, the head of the International Relations Department of the Azerbaijani Presidentїs Administration, told Trend on 25 September.

The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October.

Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions around it. The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakhїs seven surrounding regions. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended.

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the United States) are currently holding fruitless peaceful negotiations.

It was never a problem for Azerbaijan to continue negotiations, whereas Armenia always caused problems in continuation of negotiations, Mammadov said.

їAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will do his best to achieve progress in the solution of this conflict using both interior and foreign resources of the country,ї Mammadov said.

There is not any exact data on a meeting of heads of state of the two countries until the presidential elections in Azerbaijan, Mammadov said.

It is possible to hold discussions on presidentsї meetings during negotiations between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers in New York, he said.

According to the official of the Presidentїs Administration, the latest developments in South Caucasus once more showed to the world community that unsolved conflicts are always a source of danger and it is unacceptable to preserve the conflict at this condition.

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