French President: Time has come to adopt principles of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 24 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The time has come to adopt the principles, which could be basis to conduct the future talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's message to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan reads, Mediamax reported with reference to the Armenian presidential press service.
Sarkozy said as the continuation of the statement made by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama and him in Deauville in late May, he would like to express confidence that the history records milestones when the presidents should show their people the path of wisdom, courage and peace. Sarkozy is sure the time has come.
A trilateral meeting between the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russia presidents will be held in Kazan on June 24.
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.