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BAKU: Next Year to be Exceptional to Achieve Settlement says Sarkozy

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  • BAKU: Next Year to be Exceptional to Achieve Settlement says Sarkozy

    TREND , Azerbaijan
    Nov 28 2008

    Next Year to be Exceptional to Achieve Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh
    Conflict, Says French President
    28.11.08 12:37

    The next year will be exceptional and reasonable to achieve settlement
    of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and it is necessary to use this
    opportunity, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, Stat Information
    Agency Azertag reported.

    `France as co-chairman of the Minsk Group will make every effort to
    achieve peaceable and fair settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh
    conflict,' French President Sarkozy's letter, addressed to Azerbaijani
    President Ilham Aliyev, said.

    Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijan's lands including
    Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding seven regions. The occupation began
    in 1988. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and
    Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied
    Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakh's seven surrounding
    regions. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement
    at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE
    Minsk Group (Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding
    peaceful, but fruitless negotiations

    `As you know, I am interested in this issue very much and welcomed
    encouraging results of the Moscow meeting between Presidents of
    Azerbaijan and Armenia on 2 November with mediation of Russian
    President Dmitriy Medvedev,' Sarkozy said.

    France is prepared to contribute to this positive dynamics and intends
    to assist in turning Caucasus into peace and progress zone.