FM: Russia sees striving of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict parties for dialogue
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 24 / Trend A. Gasimova /
Russia sees striving of the parties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for a dialogue. It hopes that there will be no incidents at the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops in the future, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said today, "Russia 24" TV channel reported.
The 9-year-old resident of the Orta Garvand village in the Agdam region was killed on March 8 as a result of a ceasefire violation by Armenian troops. Badalov was shot in the head while playing in his yard. He was taken to hospital, but doctors failed to save his life.
"The two parties are interested in continuing the dialogue, preventing the incidents, refusing from violence and developing a general formula to resolve the conflict," he said.
He said that the Russian Federation thinks that the parties are ready to continue a dialogue.
"We have been recently accelerating our work with Yerevan and Baku", he said.
He stressed the importance of the presidential meeting in Sochi.
He emphasized that the reached agreements will be the basis for further accelerating the negotiating dynamics.
After the talks on March 5 the presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia made a joint statement on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. The document said that the leaders discussed the issues of practical implementation of the tripartite statement adopted by them during the last meeting in Astrakhan on October 27, 2010. In particular, the Presidents agreed to complete exchanging of prisoners of war as soon as possible.
The document stresses the desire to resolve all disputed issues by peaceful means and to investigate possible incidents along the ceasefire line, with the participation of the parties under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen with the assistance of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman.
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.