Obama urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the Karabakh conflict peacefully
In anticipation of the upcoming meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which will be held with the participation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Kazan, the U.S. president Barack Obama held a telephone conversation with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. According to "Trend", referring to the official website of the White House, the conversation took place this morning. Obama reiterated his main points expressed in his joint statement with the heads of the co-chairs of Minsk Group of OSCE - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Obama said it it time for all sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to take decisive steps towards a peaceful settlement.
During the upcoming meeting in Kazan, the head of the United States recommended two South Caucasus leaders to finalize and endorse the basic principles during their meeting with President Medvedev in Kazan.
"Once the basic principles are agreed, the sides will begin negotiations on a final settlement on the basis of the Helsinki principles of nonuse of force or threat of force, territorial integrity, equality and self-determination of peoples" - says the White House.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries appeared in 1988.