SOCHI—The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met Saturday and pledged to seek a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The talks, mediated by their Russian counterpart, were bookended by military threats from Azerbaijan and Turkey.
On Friday, Azeri troops shot and killed a Karabakh soldier, while on Monday a Turkish official said that the Turkish Army “could” back Azeri in the event of a renewed Karabakh war.
Armenian President, Serzh Sarkisian and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev held talks mediated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and exchanged views on the implementation of the provisions of joint declaration adopted last year in Astrakhan.
Following a working dinner meeting at a ski resort in Sochi, the three presidents issued a joint declaration, which we present below:
Upon the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation, the Presidents of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan met on March 5, 2011 in Sochi and discussed in detail the process and the prospects of the NK conflict resolution.
After the discussions on the practical implementation of the trilateral Declaration adopted on October 27, 2010 in Astrakhan, in addition to the steps specified in the above mentioned Declaration, the Presidents agreed to take the following confidence building measures:
1. To conclude in the shortest possible period of time the exchange of the prisoners of war,
2. To strive to solve all contentious issues through peaceful means and to conduct along the cease-fire line an investigation with the participation of the parties under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and with the assistance of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office regarding probable incidents.
The Presidents stressed the importance of their regular meetings on the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and agreed to continue them in the present format and further to the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group.