YEREVAN, JANUARY 10, ARMENPRESS: Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers, Vartan Oskanian and Elmar Mamedyarov are set to have another meeting on January 17 in London. Speaking at a news conference today Oskanian said they will specify both parties’ next moves for peaceful resolution of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Oskanian said the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Robert Kocharian and Ilham Aliyev are likely to meet in early February, but he said the concrete date and the venue of the meeting was not specified yet. Oskanian said the future of the talks would be contingent on the president’s meeting. Oskanian said efforts for peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were the main priority of Armenia’s foreign policy throughout 2005, which he described as ‘very flexible.’
Oskanian said Armenia’s efforts are aimed at international recognition of the right of people of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination. He said the conflict could be settled on this basis. He said acknowledgement of this fact by Azerbaijan could speed up efforts for settlement of the conflict. Oskanian said also should the progress made last year continue the OSCE High-Planning Group will present proposals for deployment of international peace-keeping troops in the conflict zone. The High-Planning Group visited late last year Armenia and Azerbaijan and is planning to visit Nagorno-Karabakh this year.
Oskanian said the new OSCE chairman-in-office, Belgian foreign minister Karel de Gucht will visit Armenia on January 24 as part of his regional tour. Oskanian said also Georgia’s recently appointed foreign minister Gela Bezhuashvili will visit Armenia on January 17-18.