Ten­ta­tive date of next meet­ing with Ar­me­nian FM an­nounced

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The ten­ta­tive date of the next meet­ing be­tween the Azer­bai­jani and Ar­me­nian for­eign min­is­ters have been an­nounced.

“The [OSCE Minsk Group] cochairs will an­nounce the date of the meet­ing. There is an agree­ment to hold the meet­ing in mid-Jan­uary next year,” Azer­bai­jani FM El­mar Mam­mad­yarov said at a joint press con­fer­ence in Baku on De­cem­ber 20 af­ter meet­ing with his Ira­nian and Turk­ish coun­ter­parts.

The min­is­ter said the meet­ing will take place in one of the Euro­pean coun­tries.

The last meet­ing be­tween the Azer­bai­jani and Ar­me­nian FM was held in Vi­enna on De­cem­ber 6. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the sides held in­ten­sive and con­crete dis­cus­sions on the ex­ist­ing pro­pos­als in con­nec­tion with the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

“We ex­changed views in Vi­enna. The co-chairs will eval­u­ate the dis­cus­sions and make a de­ci­sion. I even said I agree to ne­go­ti­ate two days – the main thing is to have a re­sult,” Mam­mad­yarov added.

Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia fought a lengthy war that ended with sign­ing of a frag­ile cease­fire in 1994. Since the war, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only me­di­a­tor in res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict, the oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­tory of the sov­er­eign state with its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bound­aries has been left out of due at­ten­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for years.

Un­til now, Ar­me­nia ig­nores four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on im­me­di­ate with­drawal from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, thus keep­ing ten­sion high in the re­gion.

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