BAKU, March 14 – RIA Novosti. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told OSCE Head Ann Linde that the Karabakh conflict is a thing of the past and it is necessary to look to the future.
Aliyev received on Sunday a delegation led by Swedish Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairman-in-Office Ann Linde. First, there was a one-on-one meeting between Aliyev and Linde. Then the event continued in an expanded format.
“Now the conflict is in the past, and we must look to the future. Today we discussed with you our views on how to build the future. I think that the last four months after the war demonstrate the desire of both sides to close the page and focus on the future.” quotes Aliyev's words by his press service.
At the end of September last year, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of the long-term conflict and led to casualties among the civilian population. The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 turned out to be successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire and exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead. Yerevan also handed over Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam districts to Baku. In addition, Russian peacekeepers are stationed in the region.