Baku consents to meeting of Azerbaijani, Russian, Armenian FMs
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 31
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
Moscow is trying to arrange a meeting of the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian foreign ministers and Baku has given its consent to this meeting, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
He made the remarks at a joint briefing with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Baku Jan. 31.
“I cannot optimistically accept the results of the negotiations in Moscow,” Mammadyarov said commenting on the latest meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov which took place Jan. 24.
During the Moscow meeting, the foreign ministers discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
“Munich Security Conference will be held on Feb. 17-19 and it is planned to hold a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs as part of the conference,” he 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.