Azerbaijan, baku, 7 November/ Trend , corr A. Gasimova/ The confidence between Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents is growing and objective facts show that serious progress in the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible in the upcoming months, Matthew Bryza, US co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group said to Trend by telephone.
During the meeting of the Permanent Council of OSCE, co-chairmen informed member states of the organization of the positive and constructive meeting of Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia held in Moscow on 2 November.
Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia Ilham Aliyev, Serzh Sarkisyan and Dmitry Medvedev signed a declaration at the end of their meeting. They decided to make joint efforts to normalize the situation in Caucasus and requested Foreign Ministers to make efforts to solve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The declaration calls for the settlement of the conflict in line with the principles and norms of international law and decisions and documents adopted in this respect which will create favorable conditions for economic development and comprehensive cooperation in the region.
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-Karabakh's 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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