YEREVAN (Armenpress)—During a meeting with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, French President François Hollande touched upon the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the meeting between the Armenian and Azeri Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev, which was held in Paris on Oct. 27.
Speaking to journalists, François Hollande said that the meeting of the two heads of state with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group was an important one. The French President found that the Paris meeting between Sarkisian and Aliyev was much more productive than it has been assessed.
The meeting was a positive step according to the French President, who said that the two presidents agree on basic principles on the issue, which can produce an opportunity to create progress. Among other things, Hollande stated that Turkey’s interest in the issue is also taken into consideration.
On Oct. 27, at the invitation of French President Francois Hollande, negotiations over the Karabakh conflict were held between Sarkisian and Aliyev at the Paris Marine Palace. After meeting the French President, the Armenian and Azeri Presidents conducted negotiations with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and the personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Anjey Kasperchik, followed by a private conversation between Sarkisian and Aliyev.
The day’s results were summed up late in the evening at a joint meeting between Presidents Hollande, Sarkisian, Aliyev and the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. The participants attached great importance to continuing dialogue within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group and confidence-building efforts in order to make progress in peaceful negotiations. The absence of an alternative to a peaceful resolution of the conflict was stressed. The parties made an arrangement to proceed with high-level negotiations.