Baku is for quick progress in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement: minister

Politics Materials 2 June 2009 12:55 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 2 / Trend , J.Babayeva/

Official Baku is for quick progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. 

"We hope Yerevan will demonstrate a constructive position in the upcoming St. Petersburg meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists on June 2.

The Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders will meet in St. Petersburg on June 2 as part of the economic forum to discuss settlement ways of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. 

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

The foreign minister said there are definite expectations from the St. Petersburg meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents. The minister excluded an opportunity of signing any paper. "If any agreement is reached in the negotiations, prerequisites can created for further work over a final paper," Mammadyarov said.

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