French FM: Kazan meeting results not unimportant
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 / Trend, E. Tariverdiyeva /
The Kazan meeting results should not be considered trivial, the French Foreign Ministry's statement says on the official website of the country's embassy in Azerbaijan.
"France and its partners (OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs: Russia and the U.S.) will make every effort to help all parties continue negotiations," the statement says.
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, who intensively negotiated with Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Kazan will visit Baku, Yerevan and Nagorno-Karabakh next week to prepare further negotiations, the statement says.
On June 24, Russian President Medvedev initiated a meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in Kazan, ending with a joint statement of all three presidents.
According to the statement, the Kazan meeting pinpointed some points of understanding which will allow for a continuation of negotiations for the subsequent adoption of principles on a settlement proposed by the mediators.
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 peace talks.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.