Meeting of Azerbaijani, Armenian presidents emphasizes need to sign big peace agreement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.8
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The importance of signing a great peace agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh was emphasized during the recent meeting of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Wales, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at a briefing in Baku on Sept.8.
Note, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a joint meeting Newport on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4.
"During the meeting with Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry got acquainted with the negotiation process and viewed the possibility of taking new steps," the minister said.
He said Azerbaijan's position is simple; it demands the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijan's territories, as such a situation is unacceptable for the country.
Mammadyarov went on to add that he will meet with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian during the session of the UN General Assembly in New York in late September.
"The U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick will visit the region by late 2014 to arrange this meeting," Mammadyarov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.