Newly appointed U.S. co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick stated in Yerevan today that the political will and mutual concessions from all sides are required for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mediamax reported.
During the meeting with journalists, the U.S. diplomat said the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is impossible without public understanding that the settlement of the issue is in the interests of future generations.
"The principles of the Helsinki Final Act - non-use of force and threats, the right to self-determination and territorial integrity continue to guide us in this process," he stressed. "If we want to succeed, there must be concessions from all sides."
The U.S. diplomat said that he visited the region for the first time and wants to hear the views of all parties and get acquainted with the general atmosphere.
The diplomat said that he did not have new proposals for the parties.
"As the U.S co-chairman, I assure you that we are ready to continue working with Russia, France and the international community to resolve the issue," Warlick added.
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.
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