Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 9
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian discussed the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh settlement in Hamburg on December 8 evening in presence of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, told Trend Dec. 9.
Hajiyev added that the conflict settlement was discussed during a working dinner, which was held at the invitation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen.
Earlier, before the meeting in Hamburg, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault proposed to hold a meeting there in the "3 + 2" format (Russia, France, the US, Azerbaijan, Armenia).
Hajiyev added that unfortunately, the meeting in the "3 + 2" format was not held as a result of Armenia's destructive policy and its avoiding the negotiations.
During the working dinner on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council, the sides exchanged the views on continuation of negotiations and the agenda issues in 2017, Hajiyev 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 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.