Azerbaijan, Baku / Т corr S. Aghayeva / It has become evident from the lack of availability on any information about the recent talks between Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents that no success was achieved, Azerbaijan independent politician, Vafa Guluzadeh, stated on 11 June. He was commenting on the meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents, Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharyan, held in Saint-Petersburg.
According to the politician, the talks were another 'meeting for the sake of meeting'. The politician called irrelevant the claims on the lack of political will to resolve the conflict. "Politically speaking, does Azerbaijan have the will to surrender its lands to Armenia, and will Armenia disobey the Russian will to sign the peace agreement which is regarded as a disgrace for Azerbaijan?" Guluzadeh noted.
In his opinion, Armenians can not do that as Russia lingered the situation. "The United States is now engaged in other matters, such as the launching of Anti-Missile Defence in the northern direction. It does not care about Karabakh," Guluzadeh summed up.
According to an independent politician, Rasim Musabayov, the formulations provided by the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group on the eve of the meeting between the Presidents will require supplementary development at the level of Foreign Ministers of the two countries." As a matter of fact, if the formulations are intended only to smooth over the disagreements between the sides, then they are senseless. There is no place for play upon words. A definite solution must be found," Musabayov urged.
The 9th meeting on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was held between the Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents in Saint-Petersburg on the 9th of June within the frameworks of an unofficial summit of the CIS countries' Presidents.
The conflict between two South Caucasus countries broke out in 1988 in view of Armenia's territorial claims to Azerbaijan. Some 20% of Azerbaijani territory (Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 nearby regions) have been occupied by Armenian Armed Forces since 1992. In May, 1994 a ceasefire agreement was signed between the sides. The peaceful negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, France, and the United States are still fruitless.