Representatives of culture must do their best to change climate and atmosphere between Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples, Representative of the President of Russia on international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi said, Novosti-Armenia said.
"I think it is important. We are here on this regards," Shvydkoi told media outlets after meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian in Yerevan on July 3. Azerbaijani and Armenian ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu and Armen Smbatyan participated in this meeting.
Diplomats arrived to Yerevan from Hankendi. They were in delegation of Azerbaijani parliament to implement people's diplomacy. The delegation will arrive in Baku after Yerevan.
Shvydkoi explained that earlier three former ministers of culture but now three ambassadors gathered to assist two peoples, ordinary people to realize what happens between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
"We do not interfere and can not interfere in political and military talks between presidents. It is very important and responsible aspect to solve relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. We as representatives of culture do not want to interfere," he said.
Numerous political problems were revealed after discussions conducted last days, Shvydkoi said.
"People are strained towards each other after 15 years of neither peace nor war passed after reconciliation," he said.
Shvydkoi said that Azerbaijanis and Armenians not only live together in Russia but conduct business and trust each other. If they live, work in other country, why they can not do it together.
"I think that Moscow declaration signed by our three presidents and their meeting in July has certain hopes. Civil society must do its best," he said.
Azerbaijani, Armenia and Russian presidents signed the declaration on Nagorno-Karabakh as a result of trilateral meeting held in Meiendorf castle under Moscow on November 2, 2008. They agreed to work together over improvement of situation on Caucasus, as well as charged foreign ministers to continue work on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.
In his turn, Armenian extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Russia Armen Smbatyan said that settlement of relations passes to cultural sphere.
"Nobody excluded notion of neighbors. We can love or can not, respect or not but we are obliged to establish relations and look forward to future," he said.
Smbatyan said that representatives of culture, authoritative and active representatives play important role.
"Earlier we said that we could not deal with politics. It concerns presidents and foreign ministers. But if we do not do anything, it would not be perceived by people. We must do our best," he said.
According to Azerbaijani extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu, constructive meeting was held with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian.
"He listened to everybody attentively. We were pleased to realize that he considers initiatives of civil society with attention, understanding," ambassador said by expressing gratitude to presidents of both republics created opportunity for such a meeting.