Meeting of Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents held constructive: Russian President's assistant
The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan had constructive meeting in Moscow, the Russian President's assistant Sergey Prihodko said, RIA Novosti said.
Leaders attended the races for the Russian President's prize at the central Moscow race track on July 18 in the morning. Later they continued trilateral talks on one of Moscow restaurants.
"During the fourth today's meeting of the Russian, the Azerbaijani and the Armenian presidents, Dmitry Medvedev confirmed readiness of Russia as co-chairman of Minsk Group (OSCE) to make efforts to find mutually acceptable ways to settle Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Prihodko said.
Leaders of three countries discussed further ways to solve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"According to the Russian side, long and very constructive meeting has been held. Several issues remained open were also discussed during the meeting," Prihodko said.
"The Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan expressed gratitude to Dmitry Medvedev for his efforts to make Armenian and Azerbaijani positions closer and promote Nagorno-Karabakh settlement," the Russian President's assistant said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.