FM: Sweden hopes for progress in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 15 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
We are on the threshold of the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Wednesday in Tbilisi at a joint briefing with his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze.
"We pay great attention to this conflict and hope that the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents will make a great progress in the upcoming talks," he said.
Bildt stressed that the issue was discussed today during a meeting with Vashadze, which lasted over an hour.
Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia will meet on June 25 in Kazan.
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 seven 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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.