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Armenian, Azerbaijani leaders agree to resume talks on Nagorno-Karabakh

May 17, 8:33 UTC+3 YEREVAN
Presidents Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan, who met in Vienna on Monday, reached agreement on a possible resumption of talks on peace settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh
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Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev

Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev

© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Klimentyev

YEREVAN, May 17. /TASS/. Presidents Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan, who met in Vienna on Monday, reached agreement on a possible resumption of talks on peace settlement of the almost 30-years-old conflict in Azerbaijan's mostly Armenian-populated region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian President's press service said.

"The sides discussed the tense situation in the zone of the Karabakh conflict that took shape after a crude violation of ceasefire and the ways out of the situation," it said in a report. "Representatives of the countries co-chairing the Minsk Group of the (European security organization) OSCE insisted on the importance of stringent compliance with the 1994 accords on ceasefire and 1995 accords on reinforcing the ceasefire regime."

"An agreement has been reached on steps as regards the monitoring of the accords and introduction of a mechanism for investigation of incidents, as well as expansion of opportunities of the team of the OSCE Chairman's-in-Office for Karabakh settlement and a possible resumption of negotiations for settling the conflict.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the two presidents’ talks on Nagorno Karabakh, brokered by the foreign ministers from the countries co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group, that "in June, the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia will coordinate the timeframe and the venue of their next meeting that will continue work on coordinating parameters of a final settlement of the Karabakh problem".

Monday's meeting between Presidents Sargsyan and Aliev was the first one since the beginning of April when the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh deteriorated sharply. The harshest armed clashes between the opposing sides occurred from April 2 through to April 5.

The sides agreed to stop hostilities after Russia's mediation but nonetheless the Azerbaijani and Armenian authorities continue accusing each other or opening gunfire at the areas that adjoin the line of contact, which separates their forces.

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