YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Commenting on the results of last Saturday’s meeting with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, President Sarkisian on Thursday said the it would be possible to reach an agreement on the basic principles of the Karabakh conflict.
“A week ago I would have said there were no results—no positive movement. But after the meeting in Sochi we can say there is certain progress in Azerbaijan’s position,” said Sarkisian during a meeting Armenian community representatives in Riga, Lativia.
“I think it will be possible to reach a certain agreement on the principles of the resolution of the Karabakh conflict in the near future,” said the president, explaining that he was referencing the three basic principles—non-use of force or the threat of force, territorial integrity and self-determination.
“After reaching agreement on these principles it will be possible to enter a new stage of negotiations and discuss the details,” added Sarkisian, noting that the agreement on principles was just the beginning of the talks.
He also discussed the Turkey-Armenian rapprochement process, reiterating Armenia’s position that no preconditions were acceptable. He added that there was no progress, saying “this is the case, where no result is also a result.”
”Everyone is not convinced that we should not be blamed for an absence of relations with Turkey,” said Sarkisian.