A small breakthrough in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at last: after four years of negotiations between feuding Armenia and Azerbaijan, an initial stage of agreement has been reached. The leaders of the two countries assent to cooperation ii the field of cultural exchange.
According to press agency Ria Novosti, during the trilateral meeting in Sochi held on 23 January and attended by presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, a breakthrough agreement was reached. As a result of several rounds of meetings hosted by Russian head of state Dmitry Medvedev, Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev agreed on cooperation aimed at solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, lasting since 1994. Since 2008, following the attempts of the US and OSCE, the role of a mediator during the peace talks has been taken by the incumbent president of the Russian Federation.
The actual outcome of the meeting is a signed document, in which the leaders declare that one of the keys to restoration of trust in the context of this local conflict is development of cultural contacts among people form both countries. They obliged themselves to “enable the future establishment of dialogue between representatives of the intelligentsia of academic and public circles”.
Translated by KD