Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
A greater political commitment is needed from all parties to find a peaceful settlement for Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick wrote on his Twitter page on Jan. 25.
"Status quo should be unacceptable," Warlick noted.
The situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has been escalating in recent days. Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire 380 times, Azerbaijani Defence Ministry said earlier.
The situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops remains tense. Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire 201 times, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have expressed a deep concern over continued violence on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, according to the organization's statement on results of the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers in Paris.
The co-chairs stressed that the recent incidents undermine negotiations and diminish the prospects for peace.
U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said on Friday that the use of force will not resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"We have seen the reports and regret any loss of life anywhere, but certainly here as well. And our position remains that the use of force will not resolve this conflict. We call on all parties to refrain from the use or threat of force," Harf 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.
Translated by E.A.
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