Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents discuss Karabakh conflict resolution in Sochi
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.23 / Trend /
Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents are holding trilateral negotiations on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, RIA Novosti reported.
The meeting is being held in Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan visited Sochi at the Russian President's invitation.
This is the tenth time trilateral meetings have been held since 2008.
The Kremlin states that the successful resolution of issues on resolving the Nagorno Karabakh conflict by peaceful means are among Russia's priority interests in the region.
Since 2008, nine trilateral meetings have been held. In 2011, through Russia's mediation the parties met twice - in Sochi on March 5 and in Kazan on June 24.
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.