Foreign Ministry: Russia intends to further assist Azerbaijan and Armenia in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.18 / Trend, E. Tariverdiyeva/
On Thursday, Jan.19, Russian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers Sergey Lavrov and Elmar Mammadyarov will hold a meeting in Moscow on the preparations for the next meeting of the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian presidents, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference for Russian and foreign media outlets on the activity of Russian diplomacy for 2011, Russia 24 TV channel reported.
"Russia intends to continue its efforts to address the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including that within the OSCE Minsk Group. The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will also take part at the presidents' meeting in Sochi," he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.