Today's meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia will help the co-chairs to formulate a new suggestions - American Co-Chair
Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 July / Trend , E.Tariverdieva/
Today's meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan has provided the co-chairs with more detailed views of Heads of State on the remaining key issues to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This in turn will help the co-chairs to formulate suggestions helpful for the sides to narrow their differrences - American Co-Chair Matthew Bryza said to Trend by telephone from Moscow.
"Today's exchange of views of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia has provided the Co-Chairs with more detailed views of the presidents on the key remaining issues, which will help us formulate proposals to help the sides narrow their differences," - he said.
The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan held talks in Moscow on the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The follow-up information for the press was not disclosed.
July 18, there is expected a tripartite meeting of Heads of Azerbaijan and Armenia with the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev.
Over the last year this is sixth meeting in a format of Aliyev - Sargsian. Previous talks between Armenian and Azererbaijan Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan took place June 4 in St. Petersburg. The summit was the fifth between the heads of two countries on the Karabakh settlement. Previous meeting was held in Prague on May 7. The first talks were held June of last year in St. Petersburg, the second meeting was held in late November 2008 in Moscow, the third - in Zurich on January 28 this year.
According to Bryza, today's meeting was a deep, constructive, and there was detailed discussion of the difficult elements of the Basic Principles that remain to be agreed.
"Unfortunately, the Presidents did not make any new decisions today. But, they did build on the progress they made in St. Petersburg, where did take some decisions", - he said.
American co-chair does hope, that the presidents will make progress in the trilateral meeting tomorrow.
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.