MEDIATORS TO PRESENT UPDATED MADRID PRINCIPLES TO ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will soon present to Armenia and
Azerbaijan an updated version of the Madrid document on a Karabakh
"Considering the discussions held in the past two years by the
presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, the co-chairs have prepared an
updated version of the Madrid document, which will be presented to
the parties in the near future," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman
Andrey Nesterenko told a briefing in Moscow on Thursday.
He recalled that the Madrid document contains the proposals put
forward by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs (Russia, France and the USA)
on the basic principles of a settlement. The document was presented
to the Armenian and Azerbaijani representatives at the OSCE summit
in Madrid in November 2007.
According to Nesterenko, "If the positive dynamic in the negotiation
process achieved this year is maintained next year, it will be
possible to hope for a quick and complete coordination of the basic
principles of the settlement and their development on the basis of
a peace agreement."
Commenting on the statement about the Azerbaijani leadership’s
discontent with the work of the Minsk Group, Nesterenko said,
"The Russian side did not receive any sign of discontent from the
Azerbaijani leadership about the actions of the OSCE Minsk Group and
the mediation efforts of its co-chairs." "Meanwhile, we have received
repeated thanks for these efforts," the spokesman said.