French President to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenian Counterpart

imgFrench President Francois Hollande is meeting with Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan, who arrived at the Elysee Palace in Paris Oct. 27.

A trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, France and Armenia is planned to be held in Paris later to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Earlier, President Hollande voiced this initiative.

A trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan was held in President Putin’s Sochi residence in August to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Earlier, President Putin’s bilateral meetings with the counterparts of Azerbaijan and Armenia were held.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

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