Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict can be Solved only by Politico-Diplomatic Means: Armenian Foreign Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 October/ Trend , corr R. Novruzov/ Armenia says Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be solved only through politico-diplomatic, but not military means, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said.
"After nay war and military solution diplomats have to begin talks, but in worse conditions. Why not continue current talks?" Armenian Foreign Minister said to the Russian Service of BBC.
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.
"We intend to continue talks only within the frames of the OSCE Minsk Group with the help of co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group," Nalbandyan said. "This format justified itself and this is supported by the international community. There is no need for other formats as format of Minsk Group is efficient".
" Armenia has not yet recognized Nagorno-Karabakh though there were such cases. Yerevan believes that the sides are at the stage of serous talks on the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and hopes that these talks will lead to the compromise solution," Nalbandyan said.
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