Leaders say conflict should be resolved peacefully
SOCHI–Presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan met at the Russian president’s summer residence on Sunday and pledged that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved peacefully.
“I am glad to state that the President of Azerbaijan drew attention to the necessity of resolving the problem peacefully, and the President of Armenia has agreed. This is, in fact, very important, because there is no greater tragedy than the death of people,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to reports on the Armenia president’s official website.
President Putin met with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts – Serzh Sarkisan and Ilham Aliyev – in his residence in Sochi to discuss the current situation in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in the South Caucasus.
“We should show patience, wisdom, respect to each other to find this solution,” added Putin.
During the Aliyev said that “the UN adopted four resolutions demanding an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian occupation forces from Azerbaijani territory. Unfortunately, these resolutions have remained on paper for over 20 years”.
“I hope that in the near future we will find a peaceful, negotiated solution that will be in line with the norms and principles of international law and in line with justice,” Aliyev said.
Sarkisian in turn asked the Azerbaijani leader whether official Baku had fulfilled the resolution that Aliyev keeps pointing to.
“The Azerbaijani side constantly refers to four resolutions of the UN. My rhetorical question to Mr. Aliyev is: What paragraph of those resolutions has been fulfilled by Azerbaijan?” Armenian president said.
He added that Armenia fulfilled the requirements and exercised its influence so that no hostilities could take place.
Sarkisian also said that in the 1990s the sides reached an opinion that there can be no military solution to the conflict.
“And if we accuse each other again, I think the conflict will not be resolved for a long time,” added Sarkisian, stressing that “the resolution of this issue stems from the national interests of Armenia,” added the Armenian president.
Sarkisian and Aliyev both said that the conflict could be resolved through “compromise” solutions proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group and within the parameters of that initiative,
“We hope that soon, by means of negotiations, by peaceful means, we shall find a solution to comply with international law and with justice,” Aliyev said.
Putin on Saturday held one-on-one meetings with Sarkisian and Aliyev.
Meanwhile, tension on the Karabakh-Azerbaijan and Armenia-Azerbaijan borders continued, with both sides claiming casualties.