RUSSIAN OFFICIAL: ARMENIAN, RUSSIAN, AZERI PARLIAMENTS CAN PROMOTE KARABAKH RESOLUTION
- The Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani parliaments can contribute to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement, head of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, who is on an official visit to Azerbaijan, said.
"We should focus on establishing contacts, organization meetings between intellectuals and cultural figures of the three countries," Matvienko told the media in Baku on April 9. "Our goal is to create an atmosphere of trust. It will be difficult to find a practical solution to this problem without strengthening confidence."
As a co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia makes all the necessary efforts to find a solution to this problem, trend.az quotes Matvienko as saying.
Russian official recalled that several tripartite meetings have been held between the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian leaders on the initiative of President Medvedev. The formats of a mutually acceptable solution have been discussed.
"This problem has no quick solution," she said. "It is not easy, it is difficult, but we are acting strictly within the UN resolutions on this issue. We follow international law."
She added that the potential of the OSCE Minsk Group has not been exhausted. "It gives the opportunity to continue this work. Russia has played and will continue playing an active role as a mediator in finding mutually acceptable solutions. The good will from both sides and the search for a peaceful solution are required."
- 1920 Meeting of the three Caucasian Republics' Council in Tbilisi. The question of Gharabagh was also discussed.
- 1922 The Assembly of the Transcaucasian Western Armenian workers opened in Yerevan.
- 1932 Creation of Armenia's Union of Soviet Writers, the Union of Musicians, the Union of Soviet Painters and Fine Arts, and the Union of Soviet Architects.
- 1994 Artsakh forces start their Aregasar operation. This ultimate effort liberates the Mataghis, Chaily, and Talish areas of Martakert.
- 1999 In a commendable letter, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, then Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, pledged that the administration would raise with Turkey the issue of the recovery of Armenian assets from the genocide period held by the Imperial Ottoman Bank.