President: France hopes for peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan , Baku , Oct . 7, / Trend /
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is on a visit to Yerevan , expressed hope for peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia, News Armenia reported.
" The only solution is resuming negotiations between the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides within the OSCE Minsk Group. And we see that we can reach a common ground for peace regarding this problem" Sarkozy said at a joint news conference with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Friday.
Sarkozy said it is important for both sides to take this decision.
He stressed that the South Caucasus region is rather unstable, and peace is important in terms of the development of the two countries.
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.