Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Vienna stands ready to host further talks between Azerbaijan’s president and Armenian prime minister, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen wrote on Twitter, Trend reports.
“Austria and Vienna stand ready to host further talks between Azerbaijan’s President and the PM of Armenia. It was an honour to meet with both of them after today’s important meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh,” he wrote.
Van der Bellen pointed out that Azerbaijan is Austria’s most important trading partner in the South Caucasus region and there are several successful cooperations between universities in the two countries.
“On these good bilateral relations Ilham Aliyev and I were able to build our fruitful meeting,” he added.
The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan met on March 29 in Vienna for the first time under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America).
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov. Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, also participated in the meeting.
The statement issued on the results of the meeting reads that the two leaders underlined the importance of building up an environment conducive to peace and taking further concrete and tangible steps in the negotiation process to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
“Recalling their conversation in Dushanbe, the leaders recommitted to strengthening the ceasefire and improving the mechanism for direct communication. They also agreed to develop a number of measures in the humanitarian field,” said the statement.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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