President: Ukraine to assist in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 1 / Trend /
Ukraine will spare no effort to resolve the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in 2013 when Ukraine will chair the OSCE, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said at a news conference with his Armenian counterpart, RBC-Ukraine reported.
"We are not members of the OSCE Minsk Group, but we have good partnership, friendly relations, trade and economic relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia," he said. "It is in our interest and in the interests of the Ukrainian people for this conflict to be resolved
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said that there could be a breakthrough in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the Kazan meeting but it did not take place.
"I think that at least, one chance was missed," the Armenian President said. "This does not mean the end of the negotiation process. It does not mean that we will not continue our negotiations. This means that we have lost this period of time, at least until a new meeting."
Sargsyan also informed that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said over phone on June 30 that he had sent his vision of the situation in a written form.
The Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, and Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia discussed the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement on Friday 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.