Date: 17 April 2019, 17:48, READ:
During the Vienna negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the sides agreed to hold next meeting in order to carry on the negotiations. According to this agreement, on April 15, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan met at the initiative of Russia and with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.
Speaking about the meeting Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, said that the barriers to improvement in negotiations so far were discussed at the Moscow meeting. "I can not say that significant progress was achieved. However, we could have understood the issues causing some problems with the Armenian side. For example, the Armenian side raised the issue of status and security. We have raised the issue of withdrawal of troops from the occupied lands and return of internally displaced persons. Very deep discussions were held on these four issues."
Political scientist Elshad Mirbashiroglu said that intensive meetings between the conflict sides is assessed positively: "Prior to Moscow meeting President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met in Vienna. The common result of this meeting was the continuation of the dialogue in the direction of the peaceful settlement of the conflict. One of the main aspects of the Moscow meeting is that the meeting of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia was held on the initiative of the Russian Foreign Minister." he stressed
"It should be noted that Russia has enough influence in the region. We know that Armenia is the reason for the failure to achieve a settlement in the conflict. Strengthening Russia's initiatives, in my view, can create opportunities to put pressure on Armenia. Regarding the concrete results of Moscow meeting, as the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister noted, four issues were discussed. The status and security were raised by Armenia, liberation of the occupied territories and return of internally displaced persons to their homes by Azerbaijan. Note that these are the issues of the Madrid Principles." Mirbashiroghlu noted.