Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 April / Trend corr E. Huseynli/ The Azerbaijani Defence Minister called on the international community to increase its impact on the aggressor Armenia.
"Countries and international organizations which are trying to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in a peaceful way should increase their impact on Armenia in order to prevent a harsh repercussions," Colonel-General Safar Abiyev, Azerbaijani Defence Minister, said on 14 April at the meeting with the commander of the Oklahoma State Troop, Major-General Harry Wyatt.
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.
According to Abiyev, the ineffectuality of the peaceful negotiations held through the mediation of international organizations has negatively affected the talks.
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