Azerbaijan, Baku, November 3 / Trend T. Konyayeva /
Switzerland always adhered to the need to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully, Swiss Ambassador to Azerbaijan Alain Guidetti told media Nov. 3.
"Switzerland considers the establishment of a dialogue as one of the major tools for preventing conflicts," Guidetti 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 seven 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 peace negotiations.