“As the Russian and American co-chairs, I will participate in this meeting. Our expectations of course are great, we hope that on the occasion of this summit the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia will restore mutual trust and progress to resolve the conflict,” the French co-chair told APA on June 17.
Earlier, the US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick confirmed to APA his participation in the presidents’ meeting in St. Petersburg.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in St. Petersburg on June 20. Putin will first meet the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, then the talks will continue in a trilateral format.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includesNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam,Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.