U.S sees no alternative to negotiation process in Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 30 March 2010 17:26 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 30 / Trend E. Ostapenko /

The United States do not see any alternative to the negotiation process in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, which must lead to a peaceful resolution of the conflict," Donald Lu, Charge d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy said.

He confirmed the U.S. commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflict.

"Peace negotiations require political will from both sides. But Azerbaijani people must be sure that the United States led by its leaders - President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton are committed to resolve this conflict," he told media at the American Center of the Azerbaijani Languages University today.

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 resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.