BAKU; Baku Welcomes Co-Chairs’ Efforts On Karabakh Conflict Settleme

March 19 2010

Elmar Mammadyarov Baku welcomes the fact that the OSCE Minsk Group
attach a great importance to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – Azerbaijani

"We welcome the fact that the OSCE Minsk Group, including the
foreign ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group member-states, attach a
great importance to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the matter is
being discussed"

The statement came from Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov at a
joint press conference by results of a bilateral meeting with Foreign
Minister of Singapore George Yeo, commenting on the results held in
Moscow on the eve of a meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia
and the United States, Sergei Lavrov and Hillary Clinton.

"We knew that this issue will be discussed in Moscow. As for the
replacement of Russia’s co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, I would say
that if the resolution of any conflict was associated with a specific
individual, it would have been very difficult", the minister noted.

The minister expressed confidence that the soonest replacement of
Russia’s co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group will not affect the
Karabakh settlement, because it does not mean a change in position
of official Moscow on this issue.

"We believe that Russia holds the unique position. As you know,
President Medvedev is personally involved in negotiations trying
to attain a breakthrough in this process in a peaceful way", said
Elmar Mammadyarov.

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