Mogherini: No military solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 9
By Ali Mustafayev, Leman Zeynalova:
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict does not have a military resolution, EU high representative Federica Mogherini said in a joint press conference with Azerbaijan's foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Brussels.
“Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains a very serious challenge. Resumption of high level dialogue in Vienna, St. Petersburg and Geneva is an important development. We would like to see the parties following up on the agreement to intensify negotiations and reduce tensions on the line of conflict.
The conflict does not have a military solution, and it needs political settlement in accordance with international law, Mogherini said.
“European Union continuous to fully support the mediation efforts and proposals of the Minsk Group of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe,” said Mogherini.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.