Azerbaijan’s foreign minister has spoken of ‘certain progress’ made in the Karabakh settlement process after the latest round of talks between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Moscow late last week.
According to Azerbaijan’s Trend news agency, Elmar Mammadyarov confirmed in Baku on Monday that the international mediators planned to pay visits to the region in September to prepare another meeting between Ilham Aliev and Serzh Sarkisian in the Russian capital.
“I feel that there is certain progress in the Karabakh conflict settlement,” said Mammadyarov. “Certain hopes have emerged after the meeting of the two presidents in Moscow.”
“When I say that the settlement process has become more active, I first of all mean Russia’s greater activity in the process. Some principles of the agreement have already been published and work on them continues,” explained Mammadyarov. He elaborated on some of the principles: “The Armenian troops must withdraw from the occupied territories, after which the issue of the return of refugees will be raised.”
The Azerbaijani foreign minister said that the issue of sizable funding that would be required for the restoration of infrastructure if lands were returned was likely to be discussed with the European Union.
The latest round of talks between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan took place in Moscow, Russia, on July 17. The following day, the two South Caucasus leaders were joined by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in their negotiations.