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NO SPEECH GOES ON ABOUT ANY NEW INITIATIVES ON KARABAKH CONFLICT SETTLEMENT

Published: 01-24-2009

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This time the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs who visited the region of Nagorno Karabakh have offered no ideas on the occasion of settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. Azeri FM Elmar Mamadguliyev said the co-chairs have not any new proposals. "We are working only within the key principles of the settlement. Speech is only about introduction of new formulations and specifications suiting both Azerbaijan and Armenia," Mammadyarov said.

But the specifications are not new as well. "The proposals with specifications were presented by the co-chairs within the December Helsinki meeting at the level of Azerbaijani and Armenian FMs. We are working over them and answered to the co-chairs that it is necessary to do that on the basis of upcoming meetings between the presidents and FMs of Azerbaijan and Armenia," Mammadyarov said. The two countries' FMs are to meet on 27 January in Zurich and the presidents some days later within the Davos Economic Forum.

"We are ready for compromise but only within restoration of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and return of refugees and IDPs," Mammadyarov added.

Following the conflict started in 1988 Armenia has been occupying 20% of Azerbaijani territory. Ceasefire regime has operated between both states since 1994.