French President Francois Hollande has expressed readiness to accept presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan within the negotiation process on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement, RIA Novosti reported.
Hollande sent the message to Sargsyan in connection with Armenia Independence Day.
The French president reiterated his commitment aimed at the fair and stable settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiations.
Hollande added that he is ready to host a meeting in Paris to discuss measures on making progress in this extremely protracted conflict.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.