Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict needs renewed efforts to resolve the dispute once and for all, said US ambassador to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, at farewell event on July, 24.
"Peace would bring substantial benefits to people across the region and ensure Azerbaijan's prosperity into the future", said the ambassador.
He stated that the United States would continue to work to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Obviously we and Azerbaijan sometimes look at these issues differently, the ambassador said.
"But as with any partner, continued dialogue is important. We can have disagreements, but we need to keep talking", Morningstar said.
He added that the United States needs to stand by Azerbaijan as it strives to maintain its sovereignty and independence.
Earlier, the Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.
In this regard, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons of Azerbaijan issued a message that the commission focuses on the future of the Azerbaijani citizens taken hostage in the territory of Kalbajar region. Photos and videos of the hostages were distributed in the Armenian media.
The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in the occupied territories, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The ICRC is continuing talks with the parties on this matter, ICRC Azerbaijan's office told Trend earlier.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the Armenian media reports saying that the men were members of the Azerbaijan armed forces.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.