Lavrov: A truce agreement has been reached
Participants in the negotiations on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in Vienna agreed to a truce based on the cease – fire agreement reached in 1994 – 1995. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, announced the group’s decision at the conclusion of the meeting overseen by co – chairmen of the Minsk Group of the OSCE: Russia, the USA and France.
“We have come to an agreement whose details will be published in a joint – declaration on the observation of a truce and cease – fire deal.” Lavrov said.
“We have reason to believe that the Armenian and Azerbaijani negotiators were truly determined to formulate a compromise acceptable to both sides. We will do all within our power to facilitate the conclusion of such an agreement.” he added further.
Commenting on the continuation of the dialogue between the two sides, Lavrov stated that: “the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia will make an agreement to meet at a specific place and time for their next meeting, during which it is hoped that work on a final settlement of the Karabakh conflict will continue.”
A source from one of the delegations told TASS News Agency: “A joint statement has been prepared and will shortly be released to the press.”
Turan News Agency reported that: “The joint statement reflects the intentions of both sides to settle the conflict in the region diplomatically.”
Presidents and ministers present at the meeting chose not to make any statements to the press before the conclusion of the negotiations.