Azerbaijani top official: Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian FMs’ meeting should determine direction of talks on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 22 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia in Moscow should determine the direction of negotiations to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Foreign Relations Department Head Novruz Mammadov told reporters on Saturday
The Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia, Elmar Mammadyarov, Sergei Lavrov and Edward Nalbandian are expected to meet in Moscow on Jan. 24.
Mammadov said the peace talks to resolve the conflict have not yet led to results, but the Azerbaijani side intends to continue negotiations.
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.