BAKU, Р•REVAN AND MOSCOW COUNT ON SUCCESS OF ARMENIAN-AZERBAIJANI SUMMIT
(ITAR-TASS) Moscow, Baku and Erevan count on the success of the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit. Heads of the foreign policy departments of the both Caucasus countries held today consultations with the Russian participation in Moscow on the eve of the negotiations of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia. Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharyan are to meet on 27 August in Kazan during the CIS countries meeting.
The RussiaвЂ™s Foreign MinistryвЂ™s head Sergey Lavrov underlined the intention of Moscow вЂњto create all conditions for achieving progress in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflictвЂќ. He stressed, вЂњhe cannot comment on the negotiations process, headed by the OSCE Minsk Group chairmenвЂќ. вЂњThey have, undoubtedly, some ideasвЂќ, the RussiaвЂ™s Minister noted.
"The settlement must be such, that all parties involved would feel themselves more secure, and the balance of forces, which historically formed in the region, would not be brokenвЂќ, the RussiaвЂ™s co-chair of the OSCE Misnk Group Yuri Merzlaykov said.
The head of the AzerbaijanвЂ™s Foreign Ministry Elmar Mammedyarov evaluates positively the talks in Moscow. Along with this, according to him, вЂњit is early to talk of any progress in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflictвЂќ. вЂњThere is a possibility to come to the common denominator on the problemвЂќ, the Azerbaijani Minister thinks.
"There is hope that we will find common denominatorsвЂќ, the Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanayan considers. It would bring the peace and stability in the South Caucasus regionвЂќ. The main subject of the talks in Moscow is вЂњpreparations for the meetings of Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia on 27 August in KazanвЂќ. "We discussed details of the forthcoming talksвЂќ, he said.
According to him, the priority is self-determination of the Nagorno Karabakh, which must be manifested in the right of the population to dispose of their destiny independentlyвЂќ. "The rest issues вЂ" liquidation of the conflictвЂ™s consequences, the problem of the territories, returning of refugees вЂ" entail from this priority and follow itвЂќ, Oskanayn considers.