ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN TO RECEIVE NEW VERSION OF MADRID PRINCIPLES SOON: RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
11:33 ~U 11.12.09
Russia, as an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair country, connects the
settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan and Armenia
reaching a speedy agreement on the basic principles of the settlement
of the conflict, said official representative of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrei Nesterenko during a briefing.
Nesterenko said that, taking into account discussions taken place
over the past two years by the conflicting sides, the Minsk Group
co-chairs have developed a new version of the Madrid Principles,
which will be made available to both parties in the near future.
"If the positive dynamics of the negotiating process continue, which
the parties have come to during the current year when 6 meetings
between Sargsyan and Aliyev took place, not counting the 3 three-way
meetings with Dmitry Medvedev, all the reasons are there to expect that
the Principles’ final agreement and the development of the text for
peaceful settlement based on those grounds will finally take place,"
Responding to a question by an Azerbaijani journalist, who stated that
Baku is dissatisfied with the Minsk Group’s activities, the Russian
Foreign Ministry representative said, "The Russian side has received
no response whatsoever from Azerbaijan’s leadership that would express
their dissatisfaction with the OSCE Minsk Group’s activities and with
the efforts implemented by the co-chairs. But gratification related
to the mediation efforts has been expressed, and not only once."