Ambassador: U.S. hopes for meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in near future
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 8 / Trend S. Ahmedova/
The U.S. hopes for the meeting of presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia on the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in near future, the U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar told journalists on Saturday in Baku.
"The U.S. is interested in the resolution of the conflict, what also was confirmed in a recent statement of the Secretary of State John Kerry, and continue to actively cooperate with both sides of the conflict," the ambassador said.
The OSCE Minsk Group again could not bring the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to the negotiating table to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
As a diplomatic source from one of the Minsk Group delegations told ITAR TASS, the next round of talks planned for June 12 in Salzburg will not take place.
According to the source's predictions, "it will be possible to talk about such a meeting no earlier than at the end of Summer - beginning of Autumn".
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.