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Karabakh settlement will discuss Medvedev and Sagsyan

June 24 2008

The presidents of Russia and Armenia Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan at the meeting on Tuesday will discuss Karabakh settlement, said a source in the Kremlin. Sargsyan arrived in Russia on an official visit yesterday. "The principled position of Russia remains unchanged - to provide further assistance to the parties to the conflict to find mutually acceptable solutions" - said a Kremlin spokesman. Russia along with France and the U.S. included as co-chair the OSCE Minsk Group on Karabakh settlement. Heads of Russia and Armenia in the talks will also exchange views on the international agenda.

Supposed to stress the importance of close coordination of foreign policy actions at the bilateral and multilateral basis, including in the light of Armenia's chairmanship in the CSTO.

The CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The beginning of the Karabakh conflict began in 1988 when the predominantly Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh declared its secession from Azerbaijan. In 1991, NK announced the establishment of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which led to hostilities between Baku and Yerevan. Armistice Agreement entered into force on May 12, 1994.

As a result of collisions, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding areas. Since 1992, negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the United States, Russia and France. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, Armenia, protects the interests of the unrecognized republic. Nagorno Karabakh is not a party to the negotiations, according to RIA News .

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