Russia important in settling Karabakh conflict — forum delegates

25.01.10

Russia important in settling Karabakh conflict — forum delegates

Источник: News.Az

Today’s meeting in Sochi of the Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders was mentioned by many delegates to the Russian-Azerbaijani cultural forum.

The head of the Russian presidential administration, Sergey Naryshkin, told journalists on Saturday that Moscow was hoping for progress in the Karabakh talks.

He said he had discussed the issue during his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who is very appreciative of Russia’s role in the negotiating process.

The rector of Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Anatoly Torkunov, said the Sochi summit would be another step towards settling the Karabakh conflict.

He told a meeting with students of the Moscow State University’s Baku branch that the complex problem needed to be settled in stages.

«The main thing is that the world community demonstrates the will to solve the problem. The UN Security Council resolutions are the legal basis for the solution of the conflict and the negotiating process is ongoing. Russia is interested in a solution of the problem. History shows that the only way to solve this problem is negotiations, diplomacy," Torkunov said.

The four UN Security Council resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh call for the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani regions.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijani author Chingiz Abdullayev said that the key to a Karabakh solution lay in Moscow.

He told the closing ceremony of the first Azerbaijani-Russian forum on humanitarian cooperation that the conflict had not been settled for years. «When a neighbour’s house is on fire, it has to be extinguished. If we do not extinguish this fire, it will spread to more neighbours. As the fire of Karabakh was not extinguished on time, it spread to Abkhazia, Ossetia, Chechnya and Dagestan. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan is today the most stable country in the Caucasus region.»

«We hope that as they return to Moscow, the forum’s delegates will realize that the key to solution of the Karabakh conflict is in Moscow," Abdullayev said. «Whenever Azerbaijan and Armenia agree on something, the Russian military that backs Yerevan does not let us agree as we want.»


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