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French co-chairman of the Minsk Group of OSCE Bernard Fassier held a press-conference

28 May 2005 [16:31] - TODAY.AZ
The French co-chairman of the Minsk Group of OSCE held a press-conference in the embassy of France in Azerbaijan.
He called opening of the Azerbaijani part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export pipeline an important historical event. Fassier speaking about his activity as the co-chairman informed that the negotiations process on regulating the Upper Garabagh conflict had intensified since January. He valued positively the meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharyan taken place in Warsaw.

"This meeting was a step taken forward. Both sides realize that it is necessary to sign a peace treaty. The details of the negotiations are being kept in secret in accordance with the request of the sides for the time being. However, the main details can be announced. The dialogue process is held on the problems of withdrawing the armies from the regions around Nagorno Karabakh and the status to be given to Nagorno Karabakh in future".

Bernard Fassier also brought into the consideration of the media representatives that he had met with the foreign affairs minister Elmar Mammedyarov and the president Ilham Aliyev in Baku.

The French co-chairman said that a comprehensive exchange of views had been held in the direction of solving the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in both meetings. The visit of the co-chairmen to Armenia is planned to take place at the end of June. Bernard Fassier informed that they would meet with the foreign affairs minister of Armenia Vardan Oskanyan in the frame of the visit but he did not say exactly whether the meeting with the president Robert Kocharyan would be held.

According to the plan of the co-chairmen, the next meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign affairs ministers must take place in the middle of June. After that meeting, the co-chairmen will visit Baku, Yerevan and Nagorno Karabakh at the end of June.

Bernard Fassier said that the ceasefire regime was not only disturbed by the Armenian side. "The co-chairmen gave a declaration about disturbing of the ceasefire in April. I declare once again that durable disturbing of the ceasefire threatens the piece negotiations and results in unnecessary losses including human losses".

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