Medvedev to Discuss Karabakh with Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaiajn on July 18

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Russian President Demetri Medvedev will meet with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Moscow on Thursday to “bring together the positions of the two parties,” on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Medvedev’s aide, Sergei Prikhodko told reporters Wednesday.

The two presidents are also set to meet under the auspices of the Russian, French, and US diplomats co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group, which has been mediating the Karabakh conflict since its outbreak in the early 90s.

“We do not plan to ink any papers and do not have such an intention,” Prikhodko said.  

The meeting will come a week after the Presidents of France, Russia and the US issued a statement calling on Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve their remaining differences and endorse an updated peace plan first introduced to the presidents in November 2007.

The so-called Madrid principals call for “the return of the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijani control and an interim status for Nagorno-Karabakh providing guarantees for security and self-government.” The United States, Russia and France all reaffirmed this document’s merit.

According to Prikhodko, Russia believes that the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible in the foreseeable future.

He stressed that Russia’s efforts to resolve the conflict have received support not only by Armenia and Azerbaijan, but also a number of other countries, including the United States and France, both of which are Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.

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