Status-quo is inadmissible in Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict: U.S. Secretary of State
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 26 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The U.S. administration considers status-quo unacceptable in the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
The new U.S. administration has reiterated its support in the speedy settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Clinton said at a meeting with Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, the Foreign Ministry told Trend .
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only within the framework of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan, Mammadyarov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
The Clinton-Mammadyarov meeting took place as part of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The parties also debated the issues of bilateral and regional cooperation.