Armenian, Azerbaijani presidents may meet this fall
YEREVAN, July 17. /ARKA/. A preliminary arrangement for Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents’ meeting was made a few weeks ago, when OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs visited Yerevan, Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian president, said in an interview with TV Armenia.
“They asked what we think about organization of a high-level meeting,” he said. “We have no special expectations from such meetings, since they have to be prepared, which implies a certain stance on particular proposals. But nothing like that has been done.”
Nevertheless, Sargsyan said, the Armenian side is not opposed to a meeting and is ready for it.
“This meeting may take place in the fall,” he said in his televised interview.
Karabakh conflict broke out in 1988 when Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan.
On December 10, 1991, a few days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a referendum took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the majority of the population (99.89%) voted for secession from Azerbaijan.
Afterwards, large-scale military operations began. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven regions adjacent to it.
Some 30,000 people were killed in this war and about one million people fled their homes.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations.
Since 1992, talks brokered by OSCE Minsk Group are being held over peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is co-chaired by USA, Russia and France. -0---