Solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is in advanced phase: Russian President

Solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is in advanced phase: Russian President

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 10 / Trend , E.Ostapenko / The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of those, solution of which, is at the most advanced stage, said the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, Vesti + television channel reported.

"I have good expectations about this, Medvedev said to press conference after the summit of G8 in Akvil. - The number of nuances, which have to be agreed, is less and less."

Medvedev said that the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan "can hear and understand each other good." The main thing is that the sides maintain a desire to negotiate, he said.

"It [the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict] is not something that will be solved even for decades. I think that a result can be achieved here," he said.

President of Russia promised to fully contribute to the work of the Minsk Group.

Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev is satisfied with a joint statement, adopted by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries - Russia, the United States and France during the G-8 Summit in the Italian L'Aquila city, the Vesti TV channel reported.

"We have received the relevant statement and urge the sides to make additional efforts to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Medvedev said at a news conference after the summit.

The Russian president said he hopes to quickly meet with the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents and continue discussions of this issue.

"We, the presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group, confirm our commitment to the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and encourage them to resolve some remaining differences and conclude a peaceful settlement," the statement said.

"We instruct our mediators to provide the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents with an updated version of the Madrid paper, dated Nov. 29, 2007, containing the co-chairs' latest proposals on forming of the basic principles," the joint statement by leaders of Russia, the United States and France said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

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