Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.1 / Trend, S.Ahmadova/
Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict deserves much more international attention than it gets. Special Representative of NATO's Secretary General for South Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai made this statement commenting on the recent report "Armenia and Azerbaijan: A Season of Risks" of the International Crisis Group on his Facebook page.
"This issue deserves much more international attention than it gets, and more support to find a resolution," he said.
According to Appathurai, the effects if this conflict "unfreezes" would be felt far beyond the region.
It should be noted that the International Crisis Group has recently published a report regarding the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.The report says that confrontation, low-intensity but volatile, between Armenia and Azerbaijan has entered a period of heightened sensitivity.
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.