Azerbaijani senior official: Sochi may provide grounds for advancing Karabakh settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 22 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Azerbaijani President's Administration International Relations Department Head Novruz Mammadov voiced his hope that the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Sochi will provide a ground for certain progress in settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Jan. 25, Sochi will host a meeting of the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Russian president's official website reported.
"I think acting sensibly Armenian leadership can create certain conditions for solving the conflict amid the latest development," he told journalists.
That is, taking a constructive attitude Armenia will create opportunities for progress in the settlement process, he 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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. General Assembly's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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