Lavrov believes that the talks will not end quickly

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The negotiations on the Karabakh settlement will not end quickly, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.

«But I would not have expressed such optimism. The problem is difficult, and the whole experience of our negotiations suggests that quickly they will end,» he said at a press conference after talks with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.

While Lavrov noted that the useful is a positive opinion of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan about the outcome of their meeting, held earlier in Geneva.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous region (NKAR) announced their withdrawal from the Azerbaijani SSR. In September 1991, in the centre of Nagorno-Karabakh Stepanakert it has been declared creation of Nagorno-the Karabakh Republic (NKR). The Azerbaijani authorities during the subsequent military conflict have lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within OSCE Minsk group. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, Armenia protects interests of unrecognized Republic as Nagorno-Karabakh is not a party to the negotiations.

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