No alternative to peace talks on Karabakh, French ambassador says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 22
The upcoming meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Paris seeks to highlight the absence of alternatives to a peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, French Ambassador to Armenia Henry Reynaud said, the Armenian media outlets reported Oct. 22.
He was commenting on a meeting to be soon held between the two countries' presidents.
The French diplomat said the initiative of meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia was proposed by the French President Francois Hollande during his visits to Yerevan and Baku in May.
"The French president's proposal was accepted and the meeting will be held in the next few days in Paris," the ambassador said. "Without any further details, I'd like to only note that it is meant to give a new momentum to the talks, aimed at finding a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."
He said it is also important that the parties can create an atmosphere of trust.
"The summit is once again meant to confirm the important fact that there is no alternative to peace negotiations," Reynaud 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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by S.I.