December 5, 2014 Friday 03:27 PM GMT+4
Russia to continue help Azerbaijan, Armenia find agreements on Karabakh – Lavrov
BASEL December 5.
. Russia will continue helping Azerbaijan and Armenia find generally
acceptable agreements on the Nagorno Karabakh settlement, Russian
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday
“The Nagorno Karabakh settlement is an ancient and complicated
process. I’m sure that the US and French partners will continue help
Azerbaijan and Armenia find generally acceptable agreements,” he said.
For some years Russia together with the US and French co-chairmen has
done its best to set common approaches towards this problem “in order
to start agreeing on the practical implementation of the principles
for respecting territorial integrity, the non-use of force and the
people’s right to self-determination”, Lavrov said.
“The process is very complicated, but it continues,” he added.
“As for the hostage problem, we treat it seriously. I cannot give
information on concrete cases because I don’t have news. But we want
all hostages to be released and exchanged,” Lavrov said.
The Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents adopted the statement
on this issue at the summit in Astrakhan in 2010. The Armenian and
Azerbaijani presidents obliged to create a mechanism for exchanging
people taken hostages and the dead bodies. “I hope that this statement
will be taken into account in the parties’ practical steps on the line
of contact in the region,” Lavrov said. –0–yur