U.S. and Russian Presidents discussed Nagorno-Karabakh settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 11 /Trend corr. E. Tariverdiyeva/
In the course of a telephone conversation today, the President of the United States and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama discussed issues of bilateral coordination in order to help resolve regional and international issues, the official website of the Kremlin reported.
"As heads of states, co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama exchanged views on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," said in the report.
The U.S. President highly appreciated the efforts made by his Russian counterpart in this regard, in particular, in a recent meeting with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Kazan.
Also, both sides expressed the intention to continue to take coordinated steps in order to facilitate the search of peaceful solution to the problem in Baku and Yerevan.
At the end of the meeting held in Kazan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has prepared a message of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan to the proposals on the vision of the Nagorno Karabakh issue that was discussed recently in the form of three presidents and with the participation of representatives of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, USA and France. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave those proposals during his visits to Baku and Yerevan on 7-8 July.
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.