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Agreed element in talks on solving Nagrno Karabakh conflict is associated with returning 5 regions

15 July 2005 [08:23] - TODAY.AZ
The question of returning 5 regions of the occupied territories to Azerbaijan has already been solved; this question is not the subject of the talks held by means of the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group (MG).
This was informed to APA from the diplomatic sources. The source noted that the Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov when saying “Full consent was achieved on one element in the talks on regulating the Nagorno Karabakh conflict” considered that the sides reached a full agreement in the question of returning five regions to Azerbaijan.

It should be noted that the source which name is not explained informed in its explanation to APA given on May 12 that the Armed Forces of Armenia gave their consent to withdraw in stages from the Azerbaijani lands being under their occupation.

According to the information, “The plan about Armed Forces’ of Armenia withdrawing from 7 occupied regions in stages was discussed in the meeting held between the foreign affairs ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia and OSCE Minsk Group chairmen in London. The Azerbaijani side delivered its changes proposed to the plan to the chairmen of the Minsk Group and the co-chairmen discussed those changes with Vardan Oskanyan. Then the latest variant agreed with Armenia was presented to official Baku. The plan grounded upon the “5+1+1” formula intends Armed Forces’ of Armenia being primarily withdrawn from five regions – Gubadli, Zangilan, Fuzuli, Jebrail and Aghdam. After these territories are given under the control of Azerbaijan the peace agreement will be signed between the sides. After the peace agreement is signed the Armed Forces of Armenia will firstly leave Kelbajar, then Lachin.

The source informed in its explanation to APA given on May 12 that the document was changed at the urgent request of the Azerbaijani side in this form: “If the process of withdrawing the armies is not realized in accordance with the graphic after the agreement is signed, then the signed document will automatically lose its validity”.


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