Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 25 / Trend S.Agayeva /
It is hard to say who will win the presidential elections in Armenia. But we do not see any rival to Serzh Sargsyan yet, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told journalists on Friday.
One should not take influence of the upcoming presidential elections in Armenia on the negotiation process to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh problem seriously, Azimov added.
"Elections can be held regularly in every country. But the state's position becomes clear prior to elections and is not changed after it. We have not seen any difference between Robert Kocharian and Sargsyan," Azimov underlined.
With regard to the U.S., Russian and France (OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs), situations in these countries will not change after the presidential elections in these countries, he nderscored.
"Principle interests and position of these states should direct them to conflict resolution," Azimov said.
Presidential elections will be held in the U.S., France and Russia in 2012. Presidential elections in Armenia are scheduled for 2013.
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 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.