Baku, Azerbaijan, May 31
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is still unsolved is extremely worrying, according to the head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Malena Mard.
Mard made the remarks on May 31 commenting on the recent tensions on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.
"The fact that we still have a situation that the conflict is unsolved, in itself, is extremely worrying 20 years after," Mard stressed, adding that such kind of conflicts leave both civilians and servicemen wounded and dead on the contact line.
"I think this puts the emphasis on need to really move forward with the solution of the conflict," Mard said.
"I know the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are working both with Azerbaijan and Armenia to hopefully move forward to the peaceful solution of the conflict," the EU delegation head said.
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.
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