Signing of Declaration by Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia is Important Step to Resolve Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: American Co-Chair
Azerbaijan, Baku, 2 November / Trend , corr E. Tariverdiyeva / Signing of the declaration as a result of the meeting of Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia is a very important step to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Matthew Bryza, the American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, told Trend on 2 November by a telephone from Moscow
"It is constructive character and contains several important items - a solution to the conflict only through political means and the point that the country would solve the conflict, together with the OSCE Minsk Group," Bryza said.
This, Bryza said, gives the co-chairs the space and opportunities for further successful negotiations to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The meeting of presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia was held in Moscow, and later a meeting with the co-presidents of the OSCE was also held.
Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijan's lands including Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding seven regions. The occupation began in 1988. 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 US) are currently holding peaceful, but fruitless negotiations
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