The European Union urged the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan on Wednesday to finalize the basic principles of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying that the status quo is untenable.
“I underlined the strong European Union support for a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the head of the EU’s executive European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said after talks with Azerbaijan’s visiting President Ilham Aliyev.
“It is high time to make additional efforts to finalize agreement on the so called basic principles,” Barroso told a joint news conference in Brussels. “Negotiations will resume in two-days time to discuss the settlement of the conflict.”
“I hope that the two parties will be able to move forward as I stated the status quo is not an option,” he said.
Aliyev reportedly did not comment on chances of a breakthrough at his crunch negotiations with Armenia’s Serzh Sarkisian that will be hosted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the Russian city of Kazan on Friday.
Azerbaijani news agencies quoted him as saying only that the Karabakh dispute should be settled on the basis of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and that all Azerbaijani refugees and internally diplaced persons should be able to return to their homes “very soon.”