Top official: Armenia not ready to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 20 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Armenia is not ready for resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully and through negotiations, and it is the main reason for non-resolution of the conflict, Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov told journalists on Friday.
He said results of the presidents' meeting scheduled for Jan. 23 in Sochi will show the next round of the conflict resolution.
A trilateral meeting between Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents - Ilham Aliyev, Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan will be held in Sochi on Jan.23.
This meeting will come as the tenth in succession, organized on Russian president's initiative.
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 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.