Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs to meet in Paris
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 5 / Trend, S.Agayeva /
The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia together with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will meet in Paris on June 18, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists in Baku on Tuesday.
"I will meet with Armenian counterpart, Eduard Nalbandian and co-chairs in Paris on June 18," Mammadyarov said.
Mammadyarov said the deaths of the people on the front-line have a negative impact on the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Unfortunately such incidents will not end until the conflict is resolved. Therefore, we call on Armenia to begin work on a major peace agreement," Mammadyarov said.
He said at a meeting in Paris that Azerbaijan will try to explain the Armenian side that the continuation of the status quo is unacceptable.
Mammadyarov said the Nagorno-Karabakh will also be the subject of negotiations with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"We always knew that this topic is quite sensitive and the conflicting parties and international mediators should find a way out of the protracted conflict," Mammadyarov said.
Mammadyarov said that Azerbaijan also pins high hopes for the future presidency of Ukraine in the OSCE.
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 US - 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.