French, Azeri FMs discuss Karabakh conflict settlement prospects

PanARMENIAN.Net - French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Paris to discuss Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement.

The parties specifically dwelled on conflict settlement prospects after Kazan-hosted Armenia-Russia-Azerbaijan presidential meeting.

Despite optimistic forecasts and encouragement, the June 24 meeting between the Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents ended in a statement saying that the heads of state “noted the reaching of mutual understanding on a number of questions, whose resolution helps create conditions to approve the basic principles."

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan praised the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries for their continuous attention to the problem and once again thanked Russian President for his personal endeavors to bring the positions of the conflicting sides closer.

Later on Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian noted that meeting was not a breakthrough, as Azerbaijan proved unready to accept the final version of the basic principles suggested by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs. “Instead, the Azerbaijani leader attempted to impose 10 new proposals, thus precluding the possibility of any agreement on the issue,” he added.

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