Azerbaijan, Baku, July 14 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova /
International Alert organization is ready for assisting settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Settlement of South Caucasian conflicts is very important not only for this region but for entire world. International Alert is ready for assisting settlements of conflicts," director of organization program on Asia and Eurasia Phil Champaign said during round table Future of Karabakh - future of peacemaking initiatives in Baku on July 14.
International Alert operates in 20 world countries and deals with settlement of conflicts. But South Caucasus represents special interest for the organization, Champaign said during round table organized in strategic research center under the Azerbaijani President with participation of politicians, Azerbaijani MPs and experts.
"We hope that certain progress will be achieved in settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the nearest future," expert said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
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