Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 21 / Trend , V.Zhavoronkova /
U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan
Matthew Bryza said the OSCE Minsk Group co chairs are arriving to the region at the beginning of the next week.
He said they will mull the basic principles and a way to address the both parties' concerns that were formulated at the Kazan meeting.
"The OSCE Minsk Group is looking for ways to sustain momentum and energize the process." he said on Friday in Baku.
Regarding the U.S. meditation, he said Deputy Secretary of State William Burns's visit is evidence that at the very highest level the U.S. remains active in trying to move the Minsk Process forward.
"Our position is that it is important to finalize the basic principles and then move on to negotiations immediately on the final peace agreement," he said. "Well there are clearly is not military settlement to the conflict. The status quo is also unacceptable. So we need to accelerate the negotiations."
Later, Bryza said that the question whether Azerbaijani and Armenian president will meet till the end 2011, should be given to cochairmen. "What I can say is there is very strong commitment I feel by Azerbaijan to support or to work with all co-chairs in any form."
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.