November 4, 2008 - 14:44 AMT
RA MFA: Moscow declaration significant
Moscow presidential talks on the Nagorno Karabakh problem were constructive and efficient, Armenian Foreign Minister said.

"The point is that Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a document for the first time during 14 years. Declaration is not an agreement but it's significant, since it highlights the necessity of a peaceful settlement and intermediary endeavors of the OSCE Minsk Group as well as international guarantees," Edward Nalbandian said.

The Minister reminded that the meeting took place in the initiative of President of Russia, which has always had a constructive role in Karabakh peace process. "This initiative is extremely important," he said.

During the November 2 meeting, the Presidents Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan pledged to intensify negotiations to end the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

The declaration envisages resolution of the conflict on the basis of principles and norms of the international law as well as agreements and documents concluded in this framework.

"The presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia decided to continue their work - including at further high-profile talks - to agree on a political settlement to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict," Medvedev said. "They instructed their foreign ministers to activate the negotiation process, in collaboration with the co-chairs of the OSCE's Minsk Group."