Yerevan interested in Nagorno-Karabakh settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 8 / Trend /
Armenia is interested in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and establishing peace, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, RIA Novosti reported.
"We want the problem to be solved for peace and stability to be established in the region," the press service of the Armenian President quotes President Sargsyan.
Lavrov arrived in Armenia to convey Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's message to the Armenian president concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement.
Sargsyan praised the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries - Russia, USA and France in solving the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, establishing peace and stability in the region.
The Armenian President expressed gratitude for the Russian President's consistent assistance in in this issue and confirmed the interest of the republic in achieving the progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
He stressed that the Armenian side will consider President Medvedev's proposals carefully and submit a report soon.
Lavrov said that the Russian president is genuinely interested in the success of the process. He expressed confidence that there is everything necessary to reach agreement.
Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, and Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia discussed in Kazan the basic principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. The meeting, which was the ninth in the last three years, ended without reaching an agreement on the basic principles of settlement. The sides mentioned their progress in a joint statement.
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 negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.