It is important for Armenia Nagorno-Karabakh conflict talks held on Madrid principles: deputy FM
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 22 / Trend U.Sadikhova /
Armenia and Azerbaijan continue talks on resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Arman Kirakossian told journalists in Baku on Oct. 22.
"Our presidents have held seven meetings and this is a positive milestone in the negotiation process. Armenia does not consider this is non-constructivism. This is a very sensitive milestone to discuss the principles in the negotiation process and therefore we believe we are continuing to negotiate with Azerbaijan in a constructive manner," Kirakossian said.
Kirakossian is attending a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Baku.
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.
According to Kirakossian, it is important for Armenia that talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict solution are held on Madrid principles. "The negotiations are very sensitive and the parties must reach a result and an agreement on the main principles proposed by the mediators. I believe the implementation of the whole process will start as soon as the agreement on main principles is achieved," he said.
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