Sarkisian, Aliyev Meet in Paris

Presidents Sarkisian and Aliyev held series of meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. Pictured a meeting mediated by French President Francois Hollande

PARIS (Combined Sources)—Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met on Monday at the French Presidential Elysee Palace to discuss next steps in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, reported both presidential offices.

The one-on-one meeting between presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev was preceded by a meeting mediated by their French counterpart Francois Hollande, who initiated the talks during a visit last spring to the Caucasus.

The co-chairmen of the Minsk Group of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, ambassadors James Warlick (US), Igor Popov (Russia) and Pierre Andrieu (France), attended the meeting mediate by Hollande and met with the two leaders following their private meeting.

At the conclusion of the meetings the sides decided to continue the negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minks Group and to build better mechanisms of trust. At the same time, the sides have pledge to resolve the conflict peacefully and to continue high-level negotiations for an eventual peace deal.

Upon arriving in Paris, Sarkisian met with Hollande to discuss a wide range of issues regarding cooperation between France and Armenia, as well as other regional and international issues.

After thanking Hollande for hosting the talks in Paris, Sarkisian stressed that Armenia has always supported the resolution of the conflict exclusively through peace talks, and expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and the leaders of the co-chairing countries aimed at furthering the negotiation process and establishing peace and stability in the region.

The two leaders reiterated the special relationship France and Armenia enjoyed and hailed the growing economic relations between the two countries. French investment in Armenia has reached $1 billion.

Hollande also praised Armenia for its participation in various international peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Lebanon and for its active role in efforts undertaken by the United Nations worldwide.


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  1. Art said:

    Yeah. Nice room to have steak dinner with wine and discuss the return of Nakhichevan to it’s legal owners.

  2. sebastaci Murad said:

    what is there to discuss..they attacked us like savages that they are …We kicked their ass .Liberated our lands..We are Victorious…If they do not like the status quo …then start another war this time see what happens to Nakhichevan .Shahumyan , kedashen & Baku ( which was built administered by Armenians ) every Armenian soldered killed by snipers we neutralize 10 infidels ( send them to jahannam where they belong )

  3. Areg said:

    Talks, Talks and Talks! What a nonsense.

    Artsakh is already free and independent. What are these non sense talks about?

    • GB said:

      Aliyev looking for world’s “sympathy”, in order to collect more petrodollars for his faithfuls!

  4. Josef said:

    BLA BLA BLA We took our native homeland back with spilled blood and they want it back with hired snipers and
    steak dinners not going to happen !
    GOD bless Christian ARMENIA !!!!!!!!!