Spain, Madrid / Trend corr. A.Maharramli / Yerevan has expressed its alarm at the statement made by Azerbaijan on the possibility of military operations in tackling the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian stated during the meeting of OSCE Council of Ministers in Madrid on 29 November.
"The conflict can only be settled through a compromise," Oskanian added. Azerbaijan exceeds the armament limit, which was envisaged in the DOVSE, Oskanian said.
The Armenian Foreign Minister also touched upon a set of proposals on the regulations of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which was submitted by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia.
During the meeting of the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and the Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of United State Matthew Bryza, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the United States State Secretary Assistant on International Issues Nicolas Bern submitted the written proposals on the regulation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to Azerbaijan and Armenia. The document includes 10 proposals, which have been discussed by both countries during the last three years.
Oskanian said that the document allows the preliminary regulation of the conflict to be reached.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.