U.S. disappointed with results of presidents' meeting in Kazan - State Department
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 /Trend, R.Darakhshan/
U.S. disappointed with the results of the meeting of Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian Presidents in Kazan, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at a press briefing.
"As you know, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan were not able to agree on the basic principles when they met in Kazan. However, in their joint statement with President Medvedev, both of them noted that they had improved their understanding on a number of issues, agreed to keep working on the basic principles, and to come back together at a future date to be specified. But I would say it's disappointing," Nuland said, the official website of the State Department reported.
The summit of the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia ended Friday in Kazan without reaching an agreement on the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, but the sides mentioned the progress towards this goal, a joint statement after the summit said.
"The Heads of State highlighted the achievement of mutual understanding on a number of issues, the solution of which contributes to creating conditions to approve the basic principles," said the statement.
The document says that the meeting participants reviewed the activities conducted to agree upon the project of basic principles.
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.