Elmar Mammadyarov: Russia should play key and decisive role in the solution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict

Elmar Mammadyarov: Russia should play key and decisive role in the solution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict
# 21 May 2007 15:49 (UTC +04:00)
Following the meeting, Elmar Mammdayarov called the talks serious and efficient in the press conference. He said the talks focused on the issues concerning missile defense system in Europe, status of Kosovo and Nagorno Karabakh, legal status of the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijani Minister said the position of the two states coincide in many political issues, stressing the expansion and strengthening of bilateral relations and increasing bilateral trade turnover between two countries.
Sergey Lavrov emphasized that relations with Azerbaijan are of significant interest for Russia. “We discussed the organization of the 11th conference of Intergovernmental Commission, cooperation in economical, humanitarian, military spheres, increasing the number of Russian higher schools’ branches in Azerbaijan, teaching of the Azerbaijan language in Russian territory”. Sergey Lavrov said Russia supports peace and stability in the Caucasus.
“From this point of view, we are concerned about unsolved conflicts in the region”. Russian Foreign Minister said Azerbaijan and Armenia through the mediation of OSCE Minsk Group co chairs continue to make efforts to settle the conflict. “I am sure that the parties will demonstrate political will to find a solution to the conflict. Russia as the co chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and as the friend of both Azerbaijan and Armenia will do its utmost to settle the conflict,” he stressed.
Russian Minister said the basis of strong relationships between Azerbaijan and Russia was laid by Heydar Aliyev and further expanded by Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin within their friendship.
Elmar Mammadyarov said Russian co chair of OSCE Minsk Group is actively working. “We are satisfied with the activity of Russian co chair. We consider that Russia should play a key and decisive role in the settlement of the Karabakh problem. We always considered Russia as Caucasus state. The mutual relations, friendly neighborhood, cooperation, friendship between our Presidents show that we are on the true way.”/APA/
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