Azerbaijani Foreign Minister: “There is no serious progress in the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents”

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister: “There is no serious progress in the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents”
# 09 May 2009 10:42 (UTC +04:00)
The minister said there was no serious progress in the meeting, APA reports. “There is no any serious progress. We have to develop the talks. There were complicated issues in the meeting. Unfortunately Armenia didn’t show constructiveness again”.

The minister expressed opinion about the reports on the tense atmosphere of the talks. “I wouldn’t use the word “tense”, but there is a fact of occupation of the lands. Azerbaijan demands the Armenian forces to be withdrawn from there soon. The discussions are going on these principles. I can’t say that there was a serious progress”.

Mammadyarov said the next meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia was planned to be held within the St. Petersburg Economic Forum early June. The co-chairs will visit the region until that and will discuss the detail of the meeting. The foreign ministers are also expected to meet if it is necessary, the minister said.

The foreign minister spoke about his meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “We had good meeting. We mentioned the Nagorny Karabakh and energy issues. Hillary Clinton emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the region and between Azerbaijan and Armenia. This is very important statement. She promised to make all efforts for that”.

Mammadyarov said new situation was created in the region. “The United States, Russian and European Union have a higher role in this situation. I believe if the United States provides large assistance, we can achieve the progress”.
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