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Only Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders may reach agreement on Karabakh

Only Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders may reach agreement on Karabakh

PanARMENIAN.Net - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that maybe there are not observable results on the Karabakh conflict settlement, as the works are carried out in a confidential regime. “However, as a participant of this work, I can state that there are results, which are not observable for a wide audience,” he said.

According to Lavrov, disputable issues have considerably been reduced during the years of Russia’s participation in the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen together with American and French partners.

“And the work on the so-called basic principles, which is under way now, has yielded certain results with respect to wordings that allow fixing the parties’ consent at this stage. It does not mean that everything will be settled immediately upon completion of the work on basic principles,” noted Lavrov, adding that a legal document – peace agreement – should be drafted after the basic principles. “Naturally, it will require going into details, while the Devil is in details,” the Minister said.

He added that, at the initiative of President Medvedev, Russia has being trying to make additional contribution to the search of agreements, due to which six meetings were held among the Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents over the last two years, with two meetings in 2010.

“Yes, there is not an agreement on everything that refers to the project of basic principles yet, but there is comprehension concerning a considerable part of the text. And we offered a common thing – to fix 2-3 issues, which are not among agreed wordings, as ones requiring further discussion and to write down clearly that any final agreement is impossible without these issues. It would allow fixing the progress achieved with respect to the overwhelming part of the text and showing simultaneously that there are two-three certain problems, on which additional efforts should be exerted, thus, fixing the achievements up to date,” said Lavrov, adding that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen have supported it.

“I would like to repeat it – the adoption of basic principles with fixation of 2-3 yet uncoordinated moments would be a very important political signal, which is awaited by the international community and Europe, that Armenia and Azerbaijan are determined to solve this conflict and do it peacefully,” noted Lavrov.

Besides, he reiterated that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen issued a joint statement on July 17 in Almaty, saying that the efforts exerted by the parties have not secured a result at this stage.

“It is the parties that should agree. The Co-Chairmen – be it unilaterally, bilaterally, trilaterally or at the level of minister and presidents - will be unable to solve the problem instead of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Thus, our stance has always been as follows: we are ready to apply our possibilities, intellectual abilities to assist in looking for an agreement, but it can be achieved only by the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders,” concluded Sergey Lavrov, Trend News reported.

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