Baku, Azerbaijan March 4
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
The United States does not recognize the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the US embassy in Baku told Trend.
The embassy was commenting on the information about the recognition of the "independence" of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region by the US State of Georgia.
"US Foreign Policy is determined by the federal government. The resolution passed by the Georgia State House regarding Nagorno-Karabakh is an expression of opinion by a state legislative body and does not change US foreign policy on the matter," said the embassy.
The House of Representatives of the State of Georgia has adopted some sort of a resolution on alleged "recognition" of the regime created on the territory of Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region occupied by Armenia.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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