Georgia, Tbilisi, September 2 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
The unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains a regional challenge, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.
"The existence of uncontrolled "black holes" in the occupied territories threatens not only Georgia, but the whole South Caucasus and neighboring regions, including the European Union," Panjikidze said during an ambassadorial meeting on Monday.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
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