BAKU: Meeting Of Presidents Of Azerbaijan And Armenia To Take Place


Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
June 7 2007

Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / The Consular General
of Azerbaijan to Saint-Petersburg, Gudsi Osmanov , said on the 7th
of June that the meeting between the Presidents of Azerbaijan and
Armenia scheduled for the 9th of June will take place in Constantinov
Place of Saint-Petersburg.

The 11th Economic Forum will take place on the 10th of June in
Saint-Petersburg. An unofficial meeting of the Presidents of CIS
Presidents, as well as one-on-one meetings of the Presidents of
Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev and Armenia, Robert Kocharyan , will take
place within the Forum.

The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group held a number of meetings in
Azerbaijan on the 5-6 of June, in order to make preparations for the
talks in Saint-Petersburg.

Presently the co-chairs held talks in Yerevan with the Government
of Armenia. The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Miguel Angel Moratinos ,
arrived in Baku on the 4th of June and left for Yerevan from Baku.

The meeting of the Presidents in Saint-Petersburg will be the first
one this year. Earlier the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev
and Armenia, Robert Kocharyan held negotiations in Belarus, Romania
and France, however no results have yet been obtained.

The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus appeared in
1988 due to the territorial claims of Armenia against Azerbaijan.

Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the
Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven Districts of the country surrounding
it. Since 1992 to present time, these territories have been under the
occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia
signed a cease-fire agreement, at which time the active hostilities
ended. The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA)
hold peaceful negotiations.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS