Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 12 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijani defense minister thinks that solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict militarily is inevitable if it is not settled peacefully.
"Solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict militarily is inevitable if it is not settled peacefully," Azerbaijani defense minister Safar Abiyev told media today.
"Solving the conflict militarily is always real. All must know about it. We expect for results of the negotiating process. Everything will depend on them," minister 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.
Four resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly to release the Nagorno-Karabakh region and occupied territories have not been fulfilled by Armenian up to now.