Through Russian mediation, the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia adopted a joint statement Saturday on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, which stresses on the desire to resolve all disputed issues by peaceful means.
According to the statement, the Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian leader Serzh Sargsyan signed the accord at the concluding trilateral summit, which also calls on the Presidents to swiftly conclude exchanging of prisoners of war as soon as possible.
According to the signed document, the leaders discussed the issues of practical implementation of the tripartite declaration adopted by them during the last meeting in Astrakhan on October 27, 2010.
Moreover, the document stresses the desire to resolve all disputed issues by peaceful means and to investigate possible incidents along the ceasefire line, with the participation of the parties under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen with the assistance of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman.
“The presidents noted the importance of their regular contacts on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and agreed to continue them in this format in addition to the work of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen,” the statement said.
The meeting in Sochi resort is the eighth tripartite meeting of the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia.
Astrakhan hosted a trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia.
The parties signed a declaration envisaging the return of POWs.
The three Presidents also pointed out the high importance of their regular contacts over the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and agreed to maintain them in this format, in addition to the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ activities.
Russia co-chairs the OSCE Minsk Group created in 1992 to encourage a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.