The text of a joint statement by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, which was signed on October 31 following a trilateral meeting in Sochi, has been circulated on social networks, AzVision.az reports.
"We, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan I.G. Aliyev, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia N.V. Pashinyan and the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin, met on October 31, 2022 in Sochi and discussed the implementation of the tripartite statements of November 9, 2020 January 11 and November 26, 2021.
We reaffirmed our commitment to strict adherence to all these agreements in the interests of the comprehensive normalization of Azerbaijani-Armenian relations, ensuring peace, stability, security and sustainable economic development of the South Caucasus. Agreed to make additional efforts aimed at urgently addressing the remaining tasks, including the block of humanitarian issues.
Noting the key contribution of the Russian peacekeeping contingent to ensuring security in the zone of its deployment, we emphasized the demand for its efforts to stabilize the situation in the region.
We agreed to refrain from the use of force or the threat of its use, to discuss and resolve all problematic issues solely on the basis of mutual recognition of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders in accordance with the UN Charter and the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1991.
We stressed the importance of active preparation for the conclusion of a peace treaty between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia in order to achieve sustainable and long-term peace in the region. Based on the existing developments, it was agreed to continue the search for mutually acceptable solutions.
We emphasized the importance of creating a positive atmosphere between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia to continue the dialogue between representatives of the public, expert communities and religious leaders with Russian assistance, as well as launching trilateral inter-parliamentary contacts in order to strengthen trust between the peoples of the two countries.
The leaders of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia welcomed the readiness of the Russian Federation to continue to contribute in every possible way to the normalization of relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, ensuring stability and prosperity in the South Caucasus", the statement says.