French President Francois Hollande on Monday (27 October) will host a three way summit with the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents at the Elysee Palace in an effort to re-energise the process to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
France is a co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Process, together with the United States and Russia. President Hollande is known to have taken a personal interest in the resolution of the conflict, and has met the two leaders separately on a number of occasions over the last year.
The last face to face meeting between President Aliev of Azerbaijan and President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia took place in Sochi in August and was hosted by Russia's President, Vladimir Putin. That meeting happened amid serious tension on the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Several dozen persons were reported to have been killed or injured during violations of the cease-fire that has been in place for twenty years.
photo: The entrance to the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the President of France in Paris. (archive picture).
Mammadov has been part of Azerbaijan's ruling circle for a long time. He has headed the Foreign Relations Department of the Presidential Administration since 1997 and was appointed Assistant to the President for Foreign Affairs in 2017. He was also the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.
Demonstrations and street protests in Armenia gathered momentum on Friday (20 April) with protestors blocking traffic in large parts of the capital Yerevan, before gathering for an evening rally in the centre of the city, an event which observers say attracted up to 50,000 people.