Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 29 /Trend, R.Darakhshan/
France welcomes the adoption at the initiative of President Medvedev, of the joint declaration by Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia, says a press statement of the Foreign Ministry of France - a country which is one of three co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Astrakhan hosted the trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia - Ilham Aliyev, Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan on Oct.27. The parties have signed a declaration, which envisages the return of prisoners of war and takes a humanitarian nature, Medvedev said on Wednesday after the trilateral meeting.
The Foreign Ministry also welcomed the personal commitment of the Russian President to resolving the conflict.
"The measures agreed by the parties in Astrakhan can help reduce tensions and violations of the cease-fire that have multiplied in recent months. That is why France expects them to be implemented without delay", says the statement.
It is through dialogue and openness that Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved to ensure a future of peace, stability and prosperity in Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as for the whole region, said the Foreign Ministry.
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. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.