Hollande hopes negotiations on Karabakh to have positive results
In his congratulatory letter to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on the occasion of the Day of Independence of Armenia, French President Francois Hollande touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
He wished success in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenia's News.am agency reported.
"I wish that the negotiations on the Karabakh settlement, in which France is involved as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, positively resolve in the near future," Hollande said in the letter.
"For this purpose I am glad to invite you to Paris at the end of October," the letter said.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan are expected to meet in late October at the initiative of French president.
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.