Armenian and Azeri leaders to continue negotiations

Armenian and Azeri leaders to continue negotiations

Public Television of Armenia, Yerevan
28 Apr 04

[Presenter] The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents (Robert Kocharyan
and Ilham Aliyev) assessed the Warsaw meeting constructive. There is a
mutual wish to restart the negotiations, the Presidents Kocharyan and
Aliyev announced after the face-to-face meeting. Robert Kocharyan
informed that an agreement was reached to make continual the meetings
of the two countries’ foreign ministers. It is expected that Vardan
Oskanyan (Armenian foreign minister) and Elmar Mammadyarov
(Azerbaijani foreign minister) will meet in May. The presidents will
instruct them to have more frequent and constructive contacts in the
future. The presidents themselves will try to use various
international summits for the bilateral meetings.

[Correspondent Lilit Setrakyan from Warsaw over telephone] The
European Economic summit started its work in Warsaw. The leaders of 16
countries and 10s high ranking officials are in Warsaw these days. The
leaders of the Caucasus three countries who are also in Warsaw used
this opportunity for the bilateral meetings. President Kocharyan’s
working day programme was significant by the meeting of President
Ilham Aliyev, which took place by the mediation of the co-chairmen of
the OSCE Minsk Group who arrived in Warsaw specially for this

The presidents also had a face-to-face meeting. The presidents made an
announcement after the meeting. Ilham Aliyev noted that the meeting
was held in a constructive atmosphere and the discussion process on a
peaceful settlement will be continued for both sides’ mutual
interest. Robert Kocharyan confirmed Ilham Aliyev’s assessment and
announced that they agreed to continue the negotiations also by the
foreign ministers’ negotiations. Oskanyan and Mammadyarov’s next
meeting will be held in May. President Kocharyan also noted that the
Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will use any desirable meetings
and summits to continue the talks.

After the face-to-face meeting Robert Kocharyan and Ilham Aliyev
together with Georgian President Saakashvili took part in the working
lunch with in the framework of the European Economic summit, to
discuss Caucasus issues. There were discussed the relations with the
expanded Europe and new neighbours. The Armenian, Azerbaijani and
Georgian presidents presented their countries’ economic developments,
business spheres and atmospheres and possibilities of the regional
economic cooperation.

After the Economic summit Robert Kocharyan met Polish President
Aleksander Kwasnieski. The presidents discussed Armenian-Polish
relations and cooperation in the international organizations.

President Kocharyan’s working day’s programme concluded with a
cultural event in the Warsaw National Opera Theatre.