OSCE: Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh cannot join negotiation process
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 15 / Trend , A. Huseynbala /
The Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh cannot join the negotiation process on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, OSCE Special Envoy Goran Lennmarker.
"There is a well-known format for the negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group. They should continue in this format," Lennmarker told journalists in Baku.
The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict should be resolved this year, he added.
The conflict has continued for years. Despite the ceasefire agreement, both sides incurred have losses, he said.
According to Lennmarker, a military solution is unsuitable in the modern world.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.