Tbilisi, Georgia, August 3
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze expressed her concern about the upsurge in violence along the Line of Contact and Armenian-Azerbaijani border that resulted in numerous casualties reported in recent days.
Georgia hopes to "immediate elimination of the conflict" arose between Azerbaijan and Armenia in recent days, said Panjikidze on August 3.
According to Panjikidze "the civilized world does not need another unfrozen conflict."
"I am fully convinced that neither our region nor around the world do not need another conflict defrosted, another hotbed of tension, and therefore I am convinced that the leaders of the two countries find a common language and be able to transfer the conflict to a peaceful solution," she said.
"As far as I know a meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia is scheduled, and this gives me hope that the conflict will be settled," the head of the Georgian Foreign Ministry stressed.
Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage group attacked the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam and Agdere regions on the night of August 1-2. Azerbaijan managed to locate the group and the sabotage attempt was prevented.
During the last four days, Azerbaijani positions have been constantly under attack, and 12 servicemen have been killed, several more got wounded. Armenian side suffered more losses, while trying to hide this fact from the public.
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.