Aliyev’s View on Minsk Group Becomes Rosy

BAKU (Armenpress)–In a reversal of previous opinion on the effectiveness of the Minsk Group–which spearheads the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s (OSCE) efforts to find a political solution to this conflict–Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said that group’s activity is apparent–and that "the co-chairmen are determined to deal with the problem."

Aliyev told reporters on Wednesday that process of regulating the Mountainous Karabagh conflict is underway–though not very actively–and expressed hope that the efforts of the Minks Group would bring positive results. "If we do not believe this–then negotiations become senseless," he said.

He said that his meeting with Armenian president Robert Kocharian held in Geneva and Warsaw were positive and that negotiations between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are also progressing.

Only about a month ago–Aliyev attacked the Minsk Group–saying it has done "nothing positive" since being set up in 1992.

The two presidents–along with the OSCE Minsk group co-chairmen–will meet again in Strasbourg on May 12.


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