Krakow to host OSCE MG co-chairs' working meeting on July 25-26: Russian co-chair
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 22 / Trend , E.Tariverdiyeva/
On July 25-26, Krakow will host the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs' working visit to organize the autumn meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, Russian Co-Chair Yuriy Merzlyakov told Trend .
"I hope that it will be possible to gain achievement in a meeting in Chisinau in early October which could not gained at the presidents' Moscow meeting," Merzlyakov said in a telephone conversation from Moscow.
In early October, Chisinau will host a regular summit of heads of the CIS states.
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.
One cannot consider a bilateral meeting of the presidents in Moscow in isolation from the tripartite meeting with the Russian President Medevedev, believes Merzlyakov.
"I think it has been possible to find some very interesting possible interchanges in these meetings, at least some of the issues that caused the parties' differences. There are interesting solutions, which three presidents reached together. I think it can yield a positive fruit in future," he said.
Merzlyakov said the Minsk Group co-chairs will visit the region to prepare the next meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in the second half of September.
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.