Work on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement Basic Principles to be continued in autumn: Russian FM
Work on the Basis Principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution will be continued in autumn, Vesti TV channel quoted Russian Foreign Ministry official Andrey Nesterenko as saying at a news conference.
"Certain progress has been reached on some of the Basic Principles at Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents' Moscow meeting and new issues began to be discussed," Nesterenko said.
The Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan held talks on peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Moscow on July 17-18.
This was the sixth meeting in the Aliyev-Sargsyan format in 2009. The previous, fifth meeting on conflict resolution between the two leaders was held in St. Petersburg on June 4. The previous meeting was held in Prague on May 7. The first meeting was held in St. Petersburg in June 2008, the second meeting in Moscow in late November 2008 and the third was held in Zurich on Jan. 28, 2009.
He said the Minsk Group co-chairs will proceed with preparations and the president may meet again in autumn.
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.