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Azerbaijan on Saturday blamed Armenia for the lack of significant progress
Azerbaijan on Saturday blamed Armenia for the lack of significant progress towards a settlement of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict during a recent summit in the Czech Republic.

"I can not say that we have achieved any significant progress. Complex issues were discussed at the meeting in Prague. Unfortunately, the Armenian side once again did not show a constructive approach," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan met in Prague on Thursday, along with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which mediates a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorny Karabakh.

Relations have been tense for more than two decades between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan with a largely Armenian population. The region declared its independence in a 1991 after a referendum boycotted by local Azerbaijanis. The ensuing conflict claimed some 35,000 lives before a ceasefire was signed in 1994. The area technically remains part of Azerbaijan, but has its own de facto government.

"Azerbaijan wants Armenian troops to withdraw from the occupied territories as soon as possible," Mammadyarov said.

He also said that the next meeting between the Azeri and Armenian leaders was planned to be held during an international economic forum in St. Petersburg in June.


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